Dinah Jefferies is one of my favourite authors and I could quite happily dip into the world of The Sapphire Widow each and every day.
Here’s more about The Sapphire Widow:
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (5 April 2018)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Available to purchase in digital, paperback and audio formats now. Hardcover coming in August.
A sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Wife
Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child.
While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind.
Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot’s shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to…
Elliot is such a charmer and always living for that adrenalin rush. I really felt for his sister Margo, always living in his shadow and trying to get noticed. His secrets bring nothing but heartache for not only Louisa but both of their families.
I loved Louisa from the beginning. Despite living with her sadness shadowing her life she is optimistic and open to change. Always there to support Elliot, she has to re-think many things after his death. Shock after shock had me tense and anxious, waiting for a resolution. Twisting my stomach and making me want to hit out in frustration. Especially at Louisa’s mother-in-law Irene. Seething is an understatement … and nothing changed my mind about her.
I was overjoyed to find out that Gwen is Louisa’s friend and that Louisa gets to spend a healing time on the tea plantation with her. I think of Gwen as ‘mine’ … what a testament that a story read over two years ago can still be recalled readily to mind along with the same emotions!
I felt Louisa and Leo were very similar with their outlook on life despite the outward appearances. The attraction felt very natural. Their growing friendship has lots of fun moments as well as the turmoil. Oh I felt that exhilaration on the back of the motorbike just as much as Louisa did 🙂 The moments that drew them together showed their true characters and even though it would have been easy for Louisa to just fall into his strength, she still maintains independence with everything having its right time. I think Leo’s understanding of Elliot is spot on! and this only made me warm to him even more.
Once again I experienced the exotic locations ‘first hand.’ Galle, Columbia and Cinnamon Hills – city and country, similar yet different. The smells, the monsoon, the food and the people are all colourful and full of life. I love being able to visit different cultures vicariously!
There are moments of grief in The Sapphire Widow but also moments of pure joy. The scenes that not only brought me the most sadness but also the most happiness are ones I can’t share (no spoilers!). I can say that I was invested emotionally in each and every one. Yes, this is a story of secrets and heartache but ultimately I found it uplifting. One not to miss.
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