Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa’s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care.
Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside.
A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?
Received this book from netgally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review this has in no way affected my opinion
I really enjoyed reading this and could not put it down. I read it within a day, which was a bit irritating as I wish it had been longer! My only criticism is that I felt the book was unfinished. Without wishing to give too much away, I will only say that the last few pages could have easily been extended into at least another few chapters. This was not to be, so I had to resort to imagination to fill in the holes, and the characters certainly have enough depth to allow for such mental wandering! I am eager to read more, but hope others will not leave me thinking, ”please don’t stop now!” I think this is the only downside to reading on the kindle, you don’t get a real idea of how far into a book you are. Anyway. Everyone read it. It is a beautiful book, well written, and for me, up there with some of the classics… Had it been longer (and more depth regarding the summing up), this would rate as a top notch classic