When nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper marries a recent widower, she moves to join him on his tea plantation in Ceylon. But life is not as expected. The workers are resentful of her, the neighbors are mean, and her new husband seems to be hiding something. Its just as she is learning to stand on her own two feet that disaster strikes and she is forced to either lose everything or keep a deadly secret.
This is the first book by Dinah that I have read and I enjoyed every minuet. She sends you back on a journey set in the early 1900’s as you uncover a mystery surrounding our female lead and you see what life was like in this time period. She does a wonderful job describing the setting without being overly detailed. You really see a lot of character growth in Gwendolyn as she becomes a woman. The mystery surrounding Laurence’s dead wife I found to be a bit too easy to guess. however this does not take away from the story or the characters and their development. The characters made you feel so many emotions as you you find yourself wanting to slap some some (Verity) and wanting to just comfort some (Gwendolyn) from all the heartache. This book lacks nothing in immersing you to this time period. I cant wait to read more by this author. And a big thanks to NetGalley and crown Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
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