Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Teaplanter's Daughter Book Review

Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa’s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care.
Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside.

A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?

The Tea Planter's Daughter
by Janet Macleod Trotter
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: 21 Jun. 2016
ISBN-10: 1503934195
Rating: 4.5/5


Tea is one of my favourite things so having a book like The Tea Planter's Daughter, which openly talks about it is instantly a winner with me. Although I'm more of an Earl Grey fan there are multiple features of Darjeeling and other popular blends in store within the pages of this book.

The opening scenes of The Tea Planter's Daughter are located in India among the tea plantations. It's clear that there is a bitter rivalry between two families, the Robsons and the Belhavens, over the drought and subsequent dwindling quality of tea leaves. When a death in the Belhaven family occurs the young girls, Clarissa and Olive, are forced to depart for Manchester, England, to live with a cousin.

However, during their stay in England the girls almost immediately wish to return to their beloved home in India to escape the practical slave labour and poverty they are faced with. Making friends and enemies along the way, Clarissa continues to find ways to try and return to her old life. It all seems impossible until Wesley Robson, a young man who once asked her father for his daughter's hand in marriage, reappears and her hopes are reignited.

The Tea Planter's Daughter is an enchanting story which absorbed me into the plot from the very first few pages. With so much to see and listen to it is very easy to succumb to the story and be swept along with it. As my first read from Janet Macleod Trotter I was really impressed with the quality of writing and am looking forward to obtaining some more of her work.

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