Book Review: The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Book Title: High as the Heavens
Author: Kate Breslin
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Secular Fiction
My Rating: ⋆⋆

This is not Christian fiction, and as such, it contains some graphic scenes of nudity and sexual content. Please be aware of this before reading.

The Tea Planter's Wife is a tale of secrets and the power they have to destroy everything we hold dear. Englishwoman Gwendolyn Hooper falls in love with and marries a widower who owns a tea plantation in Ceylon. At first, their lives are the perfect love story. But as time goes on, the secrets they are both keeping threaten to tear them apart. What really happened to Laurence's first wife? Gwen gets pregnant and delivers twins, but when one of her twins is born dark-skinned, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

I would not recommend this book. Although I enjoyed the author's lush, descriptive writing style, I did not enjoy the story line. The entire plot of the book was centered on Gwen and her obsession over the decision she made. There was little advancement in the story, and it felt stilted because it the main character was constantly focused on the same thing.
I did not feel any emotional connection to the characters, and I did not sympathize with the main character at all. I found it difficult to understand Gwen's point of view, and to be honest her attitude irritated me. I honestly didn't care what happened to her. 
There were also a LOT of scenes of sexual encounters that were written in much greater detail than what was necessary. The author could have implied what was happening without making it feel like a cheap porn novel during those scenes.
Overall, I would not recommend this book. I did not enjoy it, and found it difficult to finish the book because I didn't care what happened.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books in return for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.


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