The Sapphire Widow written by Dinah Jefferies, publisher Viking (an imprint of Penguin) is available in ebook, paperback and audiobook format from 5th April 2018.
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Product Details (as per amazon page)
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…
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This was such a captivating story by Dinah Jefferies who has once again taken the reader to another culture and another time. This story takes us travelling back in time to 1935 and the city of Galle, Ceylon, south-west Sri Lanka. With Dinah Jefferies words describing the vivid colours, sounds and aromas you can visualise the cinnamon plantations, the streets in and around Galle and the serenity of the coastal area.
Louisa and Elliot Reeve have been married for 12 years living and working in Galle with such lush surroundings. Their marriage has weathered a few storms experiencing much sadness but the prospects of starting a new joint venture of a jewellery and fine goods emporium is giving the couple a much needed boost. However, life was to throw more anguish in Louisa’s way that crushes her heart. The days following this tragedy opens up many more wounds for Louisa and she soon starts to realise did she ever know what her husband was really like?
Louisa had led a fairly charmed existence growing up in an affluent family however, sadness in her past has given her a strength and empathy to cope with what lies ahead. My heart ached for all the turmoil Louisa had accrued and I could totally understand why she didn’t know anything about the events that had unfolded. Louisa’s husband Elliot had many business interests and it was common during this era that wives were not often involved in the day to day functions of business. Louisa’s strength through adversity was admiral and seeing through the fog of turmoil she could compartmentalise her own emotions to help those in need. She didn’t let prejudices thwart her actions. Life had to go on and light would eventually shine through bringing, hope, belief and love.
A stunning, evocative story coping with grief, deceit, emotional turmoil and fresh starts.
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