Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies

  • Before the rains




A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Timesbestselling author

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts.

My review

The tea planters wife remains one of my favourite books so it was with excitement and slight trepidation that I started to read Before the rains. Theres always the risk that ‘this’ book will not magic you away as the last did. I needn’t have worried, as Before the rains delivered!

For a week i was transported to India. Dinah has a rare skill of using such descriptive language that you can almost see, hear and feel the setting of the story. The characters story becomes your story.

Before the rains tells the story of Eliza who arrives in India comissioned to take photographs of the royal family in their daily lives. The castle has an air of mystery which Eliza is excited to uncover if somewhat apprehensive.

Jay is the handsome prince, reckless, gypsy like and not one to live by the rules.

When their worlds collide under the British rule it’s not an easy path of true love for either of them. They are up agaisnt the boundaries of Jay’s culture and expectations. For one, Eliza is a widow which is very much frowned upon, she is also British and does not come from a noble background.

There is much deceit within the castle which slowly unfolds, as does an amazing string of coincidences which can only mean that Eliza and Jay’s love stroy was meant to be, some may say their destiny.

The ending leaves you on a high but with a heavy heart that the story has come to an end.

I dare you to read this book and not be consumed by it!

Thank you to Netgalley, Dinah Jefferies, Viking and Penguin books uk for allowing me to review this book.

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The Tea planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies

I discovered by accident a fantastic group on facebook for avid readers like myself. Through this i have enlightened my reading flame. Reading has always been my passion but with a hectic life sometimes gets put on a back burner. I get so cross with myself because reading takes me away to another place which lets face it we all sometimes need. Its good for the soul & my mental health!!

Through this wonderful little group i’ve become a reviewer for books that are about to be published, it’s given me the kick up the backside i needed to start reading again.

My first review was for a beautiful book called The tea Planters wife, written by Dinah Jefferies. I had never heard of Dinah before, this is her second novel, her first is called The Seperation (which is now winging its way to me)

I thought i would share my review with you…….

I was captivated with this book from the first few pages. It follows the life of Gwendolene Hooper who at the age of 19 marries Laurence the owner of a large tea plantation, she arrives in Ceylon as the story begins. 1920’s ¬†Ceylon is beautifully described throughout. The story twists & turns & pulls you in, so much so i could not put the book down! There are lots of hidden secrets surrounding Lawrence & his family that slowly unfold.

Gwen becomes pregnant & from there on in the story becomes gripping. Gwen has a secret to hide from her husband & the rest of his family. The only person she confides in is Naveena the family’s house maid. You feel as though you are taking the journey with Gwen, her emotions & feelings are so well depicted. A sense of love & compassion exude from Lawrence throughout, he is a very likeable believable character, as is Gwen.

I would highly recommend this book.

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