I had heard good things about this book, so I was thrilled to recently receive it through Net Galley. It is historical fiction set in Ceylon – now known as Sri Lanka.
#1 International bestselling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he’s keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences
This novel had wonderful suspense and intrigue that felt almost Gothic in nature. Poor Gwen came in to a family that was hiding many secrets, most of which were tied into emotions and emotional betrayals. At times I started to suspect that her husband was up to no good; then I suspected her feckless sister-in-law. I did like Gwen’s character. She started out so naive and trusting and “simple”, and then, through the circumstances she faced, she became quite strong and reliable. I have to say, though, that I think that I would not have made the choices she did.
I loved reading about Ceylon and this period in history. The country sounds amazingly beautiful, too!
Recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction. Thank you for my e-copy!
Woo-hoo! I love a You Tube book trailer!!