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Oh my, the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word, both were heavily included What an action packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations At my local library, I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon, young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a gem trader with multiple successes There is just Oh my, the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word, both were heavily included What an action packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations At my local library, I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon, young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a gem trader with multiple successes There is just one downside to her world Not having a child After another miscarriage, Louisa notices that her husband is spending less time with her and heading to a plantation next to the Indian Ocean Suddenly, Elliot dies in an accident but leavesquestions than answers Over the course of the novel, Louisa is left to pick up the pieces but in doing so, ends up unlockinghidden secrets that shattered everything she thought that she knew about her husband I really liked the plotline and the amount of both love and betrayal that played a huge role It kept me reading on to the conclusion which I liked Trigger warning for an animal death about 3 4 of the way in The pacing did move a little slow for me personally and at times, I did struggle visually with the surroundings There is something about Dinah s writing that really captivated me even with the slow pacing I look forward to readingnovels about this author I would actually recommend this book to new readers of historical fiction as well as those who love their novels set in great locations and with a hint of mystery There was one chapter in particular that gave me Agatha Christie Poirot vibes and those novels are some of my personal favourites to read [[ FREE EPUB ]] ☞ The Sapphire Trader's Secret ☠ A sweeping, breath taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter s WifeAlso called The Sapphire WidowCeylon,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 than anything a childWhile 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 The year is 1935, Ceylon, which is what it was known as before their independence It is now known as the island nation of Sri Lanka There is ceylon tea grown in this lush,tropical area The rain falls abundantly there and it s perfect for growing cinnamon there Louisa Reeve and her husband have struggled for years to have a child Miscarriages and a still birth have left her devastated and have taken a real toll on her marriage Elliot her husband , has been increasingly absent from home His The year is 1935, Ceylon, which is what it was known as before their independence It is now known as the island nation of Sri Lanka There is ceylon tea grown in this lush,tropical area The rain falls abundantly there and it s perfect for growing cinnamon there Louisa Reeve and her husband have struggled for years to have a child Miscarriages and a still birth have left her devastated and have taken a real toll on her marriage Elliot her husband , has been increasingly absent from home His wife s sadness has taken a toll on him as well and he spends much time at a nearby plantation ,he s invested in, Cinnamon Hills On the night a large party is thrown at their house he is very late and a police officer brings the devastating news her husband has been in a fatal car accident Louisa s life is left in ruins when she discovers he has ruined them financially after borrowing a large sum of money from her and she has no idea where it s gone When other devastating secrets are revealed she discovers the man she married has been a true stranger to her and not who she thought he was at all The scent of cinnamon in the humid air along with the lush foliage will draw you into this hauntingly beautiful book as you try to solve who Luisa s husband really is and it will keep you reading Wonderful,wonderful historical book I absolutely can not wait to readby this author This is a real winner Pub Date 14 Aug 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Publishing though NetGalley Thank you All opinions expressed are my own Hey ForeverBookers, I ve just finished perhaps my favourite standalone novel EVER I don t love standalone novels because I often think they re over too quickly but this one, although it did still leave me wanting , it had a great and packed story I often think that standalones are a waste of time because I m only just getting invested when I ve finished However, that wasn t the case with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries It s also published as The Tea Planter s Secret by the sa Hey ForeverBookers, I ve just finished perhaps my favourite standalone novel EVER I don t love standalone novels because I often think they re over too quickly but this one, although it did still leave me wanting , it had a great and packed story I often think that standalones are a waste of time because I m only just getting invested when I ve finished However, that wasn t the case with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries It s also published as The Tea Planter s Secret by the same author and is sooooooo good It s an adult historical fiction set in 1935 While the novel did go FAR beyond my expectations there were still a couple of things that I would have liked added to the plot 5 STARS I read The Sapphire Widow for many readathons again Reading Rivalry Book featuring a taboo subject Betrayal and lying Fiction Feud Society for the game of Clue Knife thriller mystery It s a mystery in that we get a big reveal and are trying to work out how that happened Litwits Forbidden Love I d say that there are two forbidden loves Literary Love Affair Trees On The Cover On all versions of this book I believe there are trees on the cover, according to Goodreads anyway mARCh a thon This is my own little readathon where I m trying to get through as many arcs as I can in the month of March This is my second, and it s still only 8th March I hope to read at least 5 arcs Wish me luck There are SO many areas to the plot so if I don t summarise them all, sorry Just know that it s still an amazing story that I think anyone can find something in, whether it s purely for enjoyment, another book to add to your Goodreads Read stack, or hope I however, wouldn t advise this for anyone struggling through the loss of a baby, or maybe even wanting a baby soooo much, as that s what our main character Louisa struggles with throughout She s had many failed pregnancies and a daughter that dies after child birth before the story begins Louisa lives in historical Galle, Ceylon in Sri Lanka She s a well off English immigrant She lives out there with her husband, Elliot and her father, Christopher These characters play big enough roles in the story but it s mainly focused on Louisa The novel is written in third person narrative, which I didn t mind so much this time I think it s because we can see into the eyes of other characters, which in other third person novels that I ve read, we don t need to see Here, we do to really get a grip of the events The Sapphire Widow is really about accepting that with support you can overcome anything just by changing the way you view the world and people around you, and that nothing should stop you from trying to do what you want NOTE This is an adult novel as it explores the stigma surrounding women who can t have children for one reason or another There are love scenes too that are spread out over the novel There is a story that s to do with death of a loved one as well as racism too The novel is historical so that is to be expected Spoilers below Even after twelve years of marriage, she still thought him a truly handsome man This is what Louisa thinks of her husband, Elliot at the beginning of The Sapphire Widow What she doesn t realise at this point is the giant secret he s been keeping for years When had she died Before or during the birth itself To be born without life What did it mean These were the questions still haunting her Here, Louisa is recollecting the birth of her and Elliot s daughter, Julia and her quick death after birth She doesn t think it s fair, which of course, it isn t All Louisa wants is a baby of her own After this and her other miscarriages is this really too much to ask, she questions This is why what Elliot has done hurts so much too As to what he s done, he s already got a seven year old son, Conor When Louisa finds this out she s shocked beyond all belief How dare he have a child with someone else, she thinks Maybe next time I ll come with you A trip away just the two of us He didn t reply Elliot doesn t want her to come with him because she ll discover his secret Elliot knew about Conor, it s revealed in the second half of The Sapphire Widow He writes a letter to Zinnia, Conor s mother, that he never sent, which Louisa discovers after his death It explains his love for her and that he wants to be with her, instead of Louisa When Louisa is told by Leo, our other main character, that he knew about Conor because he s Zinnia s cousin, she s shocked But danger was Elliot s addiction, alludes to how nothing scares Elliot He dies quite early on in the novel I believe that he is the Sapphire Trader in one of the titles, as it s him that has the huge secret He dies in a car accident we learn in the first half of the story We don t ever uncover why he died though That doesn t really matter to the overall plot but it would have been nice to know Was it his debts Was it his other relationships, that are also hinted at We just don t know Maybe we re to come to our own conclusion.I believe that The Sapphire Widow t is a book about moving on and about finding love again The romantic elements were my favourite parts of the plot I loved Leo, Louisa s partner after the death of Elliot Something about the intense darkness of his eyes unsettled her When Leo is introduced he s a bit of a recluse because he lives at a tea plantation and doesn t see many people day in, day out This is what Louisa is referring to when she says his eyes unsettle her, I believe He s just not used to people This is when Elliot is showing Louisa the plantation The only people that Leo sees are Zinnia and Conor, his family, both of whom I mentioned above, but he doesn t spend a lot of time with them at first It s Leo that tells Louisa of Elliot s affair, after his death, as he thinks she deserves to know the truth He knows because his sister told him Of course she s angry to begin with, who wouldn t be If I found out my husband had had a secret affair and a child as a result, I d be livid Louisa doesn t think she ll be able to see or be around Conor He s what she always wanted with Elliot He should be her son, she thinks But as the story progresses we see that Louisa accepts and learns to love Conor for who he is, and doesn t care about who made him They had come a long way since those early days and, she had to admit, she really was beginning to think of the child as hers I found this line sweet because it shows that Louisa has come to accept Conor as her own child Zinnia dies during the novel leaving Conor motherless All he s got is Leo after her death Does this bond between him and Louisa continue to grow or does it all come to a bad end I desperately wanted Louisa to fall pregnant with Leo s baby Does this happen You ll have to read to find out We never find out why Louisa couldn t have children with Elliot It obviously wasn t because of him, as he has Conor This isn t expanded on, I think because at the time this is set, 1935 women just didn t know why they couldn t have babies They just had to accept it and move on Now, with all the technological advances we do haveof an idea as to why some women struggle to have children Of course, there s a romance in The Sapphire Widow There are actually two for our main character but only one is focused on, which is good When I read the blurb I thought that Louisa would have both men on the go at once but this is not the case, thank goodness The main romance is between Louisa and Leo It was slowburn, which I m not normally a fan of but this one came with a LOT of chemistry I don t normally like slowburn romance because I think they re quite boring but because of the chemistry Louisa and Leo had together, I was all for this one We could clearly see Louisa as she realised her feelings for Leo, as well as Leo s feelings for her but I also wanted to hear your voice She smiled, happy It s lovely to hear you too IWell, what I mean is, that I m looking forward to seeing you too That s all She felt the warmth curling inside her chest, and sensed that something that might change everything was on the verge of happening Of course it s their love that might or might not happen Does it You ll have to read to find out Another big part of The Sapphire Widow is Irene, Elliot s mother She s not always on the page but is there throughout, a bit like Margo, Elliot s sister Margo is always on Louisa s side,like her sister than Elliot s, but Irene is a horrible woman She s always trying to put Louisa down and tell her she s wrong, which isn t true Louisa isright than Irene When a husband strays, I blame the wife, And by that you mean If you d only had children Louisa felt stunned So you blame me for his extramarital affair And what about his debts Were they my doing too Irene shrugged To be completely honest, I thought Irene was a vile woman and absolutely hated her She s the worst as in most evil antagonist I ve come across in a non fantasy novel The way she says If you d only had children leaving it open ended really made me angry It s like she wanted to rile Louisa She s just not a nice woman, and when she threatens to adopt Conor because he s her grandson, Louisa feels it s up to her to make sure that doesn t happen Where does Conor end up You ll have to read to find out There are other elements, like Elliot s gambling debts and the building of an emporium to see the jewellery, which I wasn t all that interested in Luckily those bits were scattered in the main plot so it wasn t all in one place What did I like about The Sapphire Widow I LOVED the romance I don t normally like slowburn romance because I think it s too slow but I don t think instalove would have really worked because we needed to see Louisa get to know and trust Leo first before anything could happen between them It would have been nice to have seen a littlebut I m happy with what we got I loved the characters, even Irene or how she was written anyway They all had something different about them to make them stand out The very minor characters weren t focused on very much I appreciated this I felt very much on Louisa s wavelength I thought that I would have made the exact decisions that she did, throughout I felt as if I was Louisa apart from how we look different I loved the setting It was great to read about a place that I didn t know I ve never read about or studied Sri Lanka, so I wasn t aware how different it was to the country where I live The setting wasn t largely focused on but what was there was interesting, like the plantation and beach scenes Where I live the weather isn t nice enough to have plantations or to go to the beach every other day I liked how I felt about EVERY emotion while reading I felt love, anger, resentment, hate, excitement, surprise andThat s really what we all want in a good novel, I think I put the heart emoji next to the scenes that I considered love scenes, and I must have had over 50 by the end of the novel The author was able to write all these emotions, while still keeping a flowing story What didn t I like about The Sapphire Widow There wasn t really anything that I didn t like, apart from something that I don t want to spoil The novel would have been perfect if this event had of happened but I understand why it didn t because life is never perfecteven for book characters That was the only thing that would have made this a beyond amazing book for me It was amazing as it was Therefore, I ADORED The Sapphire Widow I highly recommend it if you love slowburn romance, books set in way off places if you don t already live in Sri Lanka , historical fiction that feels like it s today you re reading about, and just sweet stories that tug at your heartstrings As I said above warning for talk of miscarriage and loss of children, however Stand by for my next review, coming soon I only received a proof of this today but luckily it s been one of those days where I ve been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of time for reading I ve just had the most productive day ever thanks to Dinah Jefferies solved a mystery, been transported to Ceylon, discovered the world of the plantations, the difficulties of the gem and sapphire industry, a troubled marriagethis novel is packed to the rafters It doesn t read as being too full though as it flows as neatly as the ri I only received a proof of this today but luckily it s been one of those days where I ve been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of time for reading I ve just had the most productive day ever thanks to Dinah Jefferies solved a mystery, been transported to Ceylon, discovered the world of the plantations, the difficulties of the gem and sapphire industry, a troubled marriagethis novel is packed to the rafters It doesn t read as being too full though as it flows as neatly as the rivers through those plantations.It s not out until April, but this has to be on your list as Dinah really is one of the best authors out there for her vivid, colourful and evocative descriptions.Simply gorgeous with a mysterious and revealing plot that shakes out one surprise after another Heartfelt emotions and well developed characters A gem of a read 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 Gall 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 throwanguish in Louisa s way that crushes her heart The days following this tragedy opens up manywounds 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 3.5 5 She has a style that is distinctive Usually well to do family in an exotic location and usually set in he mid last century I enjoy her writing but would like it from maybe a servants point of view or maybe a poor person This one has hints of modern times as dealt with divorce and illegitimate child and adultery. The Sapphire Widow is a wonderful story by Dinah Jeffries This is the second book from this author that I have read I enjoyed both of them immensely This book is set in Ceylon in the 1930 s It is beautifully written with magnificent details of this country This story started out slow, but captured my attention as it developed It is the tale of Louisa Reeve who seemed to have everything, except for one thing she longed to have a child Her husband Elliot has a tragic accident and is killed The Sapphire Widow is a wonderful story by Dinah Jeffries This is the second book from this author that I have read I enjoyed both of them immensely This book is set in Ceylon in the 1930 s It is beautifully written with magnificent details of this country This story started out slow, but captured my attention as it developed It is the tale of Louisa Reeve who seemed to have everything, except for one thing she longed to have a child Her husband Elliot has a tragic accident and is killed Louisa finds out that Elliot is less than truthful and is hiding many secrets Will Louisa find out the truth and will she find love again.Read this fascinating novel to find out Yet another mesmerisingly vivid story from Dinah Jeffries, this time set within the British occupied Sri Lanka during the early twentieth century As ever with this author, I loved the way she truly captures the essence of her story settings from the way she describes the natural environment of the jungle, to the warm rainfall and the hazy dry heat, this has always been one of my favourite aspects of her books.Louisa is the wife of a successful businessman and busy maintaining her own interest Yet another mesmerisingly vivid story from Dinah Jeffries, this time set within the British occupied Sri Lanka during the early twentieth century As ever with this author, I loved the way she truly captures the essence of her story settings from the way she describes the natural environment of the jungle, to the warm rainfall and the hazy dry heat, this has always been one of my favourite aspects of her books.Louisa is the wife of a successful businessman and busy maintaining her own interests very modern for the time in question and creating an emporium for local salespeople to showcase their wares When she is suddenly and catastrophically widowed, Louisa discovers her picture perfect marriage was not all it appeared to be I ll admit it took me a little longer than expected to get truly invested in this story, but once I had read the first few chapters I began to enjoy it I will most definitely continue to read and enjoy this authors books and anticipate yet another great read from her in the future Probablylike 4.5 but I couldn t round it down to 4 This book was perfect for me, a gripping tale of love and loss but forgiveness was a huge part of this story too I loved it One of my only criticisms was that it didn t read on the whole as if it was the 1930 s but that didn t take anything anyway from a fantastic story.