Format: E-Book (Kindle)
Published: 26th April 2012
Pages: 266 Pages
Series: Tyneside Sagas #1
1905 INDIA: Clarissa Belhaven and her younger sister Olive find their carefree life on their father’s tea plantation threatened by his drinking and debts. Wesley Robson, a brash young rival businessman, offers to help save the plantation in exchange for beautiful Clarrie’s hand in marriage, but her father flatly refuses. And when Jock Belhaven dies suddenly, his daughters are forced to return to their father’s cousin in Tyneside and work long hours in his pub.
In Newcastle, Clarrie is shocked by the dire poverty she witnesses, and dreams of opening her own tea room, which could be a safe haven for local women. To provide a living for herself and Olive, Clarrie escapes her dictatorial cousin Lily and takes a job as housekeeper for kindly lawyer Herbert Stock. But Herbert’s vindictive son Bertie, jealous of Clarrie’s popularity, is determined to bring about her downfall. Then Wesley Robson comes back into Clarrie’s life, bringing with him a shocking revelation.
Set in the fascinating world of the Edwardian tea trade, THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER is a deeply involving and moving story with a wonderfully warm-hearted heroine.
Thank you to Janet for sending me a copy to read and review.
Any novel with ‘Tea’ in the title has to be read, doesn’t it? When Jane emailed me asking if I’d like to read The Tea Planter’s Daughter, I immediately jumped at the chance. However, I was a little apprehensive as I’ve not had the best of luck (enjoyment wise) with reading books with a historical nature, so I did start reading with a little caution. My apprehension was probably short lived as I thoroughly enjoyed everything about The Tea Planter’s Daughter.
You follow sisters Clarrie and Olive as they embark on a new life in Newcastle after the death of their father. At first they are paired with horrible relatives that treat them like slaves which the sisters are definitely not used too. But eventually an opportunity arises and they move in with the Stock family. The Stock family treat the sisters like royalty and they’re very grateful.
Clarrie has a passion for tea and everything that goes with it. Her father was involved in the tea trade within India and the need to supply people with good drinks has passed onto her. She successfully opens up at tea room within Newcastle and it’s popular amongst many.
Although the novel had many main characters I felt the focus was on Clarrie. She seemed to be the one person who kept people happy and kept them sane. I wouldn’t say this is a negative, but I felt there should have been more about Olive.
What I did love the most was the relationship between Clarrie and Olive. I know they were sisters but they loved each other so dearly and no matter if they got separated because they still cared. It’s very rarely you read sisters getting along it’s usually that they hate each other and never speak.