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The Tea Planter's Daughter

The India Tea Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Series: India Tea, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Janet MacLeod Trotter (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. The Cliffs of Old Tynemouth © 1843 by David Lietch.

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Book 1 indeed!

Before investing 15+ hours in this book, do know that the plot lines will not be in the least bit resolved, but you'll just have been set up for book 2 (and maybe 3, I don't know). Having said that, I very much enjoyed the book. The author does not betray any great in-depth knowledge of Indian topography, flora, or culture; that aspect is a little disappointing. Nor, despite the continuous references to tea throughout the story, does she enlighten us about what makes for a good tea, or the nuances of its production, blending, and distribution. The story, while set initially in India, quickly transitions to Newcastle, England, and remains firmly there for the rest of the book. The primary story, perhaps, is that of two sisters struggling against some rather cruel and unfortunate strokes of fate, and by dint of the elder sister's doggedness and tenacity, managing to overcome them. The story is an epic one, beginning in the protagonist's early adulthood and continuing through (at the end of book 1) to her being age 33. The follow-on will surely take us through another decade or two. It is very much an old-fashioned type story, with many fortuitous coincidences that stretch one's credulity and a predictability that becomes evident from the first few chapters. Yet it is endlessly varied and kept fresh, as new characters come and old ones fade out, and there is constant drama and tension that keep you wanting to move forward.

A word on the performance: not very well done, I'm afraid. The reader over-enunciates and her sense of timing is frequently dead wrong and inappropriate to the context of what is being said. Her rendering of male voices is clumsy and unconvincing; most of them sound badly constipated and stiff as wood. Indian characters are not realistic sounding, but she does sound plausible with her north English lower class accents. Fortunately, the plot carries the listener forward and one learns to overlook the weakness of the reading.

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Could have been better

the story could have been better. the author threw everything even the kitchen sink at the heroine, and it took way too long for her to get with the hero. by the time they got together it was no longer believable. The characters were also too predictable.

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Emotional, complex

This is a story that stirs every emotion. It was well written and held my interest to the very end.

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love it.

will look for more books in this series. I enjoyed every single word of the story. well written.

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Love Hope and Faith ,

This is a clean moral story. .It depicts how much courage Fortitude especially Faith Hope and LOVE will play a big part
in how to aquire what one desires .

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A gripping and addictive story!

Absolutely loved it! Clarissa's character was a little frustrating at times but that's what made the story. I highly recommend it.

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Couldn’t stand the voice of the narrator

The accent the narrator has didn’t allow me to continue listening to this story, drove me crazy

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great story line

great story well written well read by the lady that tells the story really enjoyed can't wait to read the entire series

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Wow! What a wonderful story!

The Tea Planter’s daughter is a story you never want to end. Compelling and unique characters, refreshing and well paced storyline. I felt I visited India and Northern England of Victorian times. Tears, laughter and sighs, I’ll never forget this story! Sarah Coomes portrayed the characters like no other could have. Excellent!

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Loved it!

This book kept my aatention the entire time. I loved it. I loved the stroy line and thought it was very well written. I am excited to listern tothe others in this series.

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  • TheMarriedGuy
  • 10-13-17

a mind numbing soap opera

This story is like a mind numbing soap opera. Too much drama, too many complications, which tells you that the writer has tried to stretch a story too far.
My advise for most men Stay Away.....

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  • Isobel
  • 05-03-17

predictable but we'll written

a pretty story but woefully predictable from the word go. follows a typical romantic plot

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  • Sue
  • 01-19-17

Excellent read.

Any additional comments?

I listened to all three books in this triology consecutively and they didn't disappoint. I loved the characters and felt I was really engaged with them. The storyline holds its own until the end and certainly doesn't disappoint. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the story, learning much about India and Indian nations during British occupation. All together, stories that flow well, are totally believable and are character driven.

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  • Soph
  • 04-07-19

Just ... Lovely ..

After a 4 month slump from reading this book finally got me back from the depths. A combination of vivid imagery and mountains of emotion this books contains it all.

I felt an automatic love for Carrie and her stubborn pride and heart full of dreams. Wanted for her to finally be happy.

Really looking forward to the rest of the series!

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  • Missaries
  • 06-18-18

Not for me

Did not like the narrators voices, neither her accents very off putting! Will not try any others

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  • R O N UMUNNA
  • 03-07-18

Tired tale of star-crossed lovers

I found the story a bit staid and unoriginal - typical boy-meets-girl, girl finds boy obnoxious and rude, they despise but secretly long for one another, always cross paths and end up in shouting matches because of their tempered emotions etc etc etc. Our protagonist is meant to be a strong, independent female but constantly had to rely on men to rescue her - her father, husband, step-son, lover. There was also an unoriginal Cinderella element with their guardians when they moved to Newcastle. It got a bit tedious.
Throw in India and the war but a bit of culture, nostalgia and poignancy. Had to force myself to get to the end because I don’t like to leave pages unturned.
The narrator was great with the accents but always sounded weepy and fretful in the voice of the main character or her sister which started to grate on me after the first few chapters.

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  • Anne C
  • 01-25-18

loved this story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tea Planter's Daughter to be better than the print version?

Have not read the printed version

What did you like best about this story?

the history and roance

What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

Like her tone and expressions. Very good narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-18

absolutely loved it!

Fantastic from start to finish, the narrator really brought the characters to life. I was completely hooked from the first chapter.

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  • Karen Lolotte
  • 05-02-17

Terrible narrator!

What would have made The Tea Planter's Daughter better?

I found it annoying to listen to this book as the narrator was terrible. Her attempt at Indian and Scottish accents was dreadful and even the way she spoke normally was irritating as she did not speak in sentences and kept increasing her pitch.

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 04-03-17

Sisters love

I like the determination of the older sister and her fight to survive through all the obcubicle

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-18

Loved it!

A wonderful story, I really enjoyed the story and the historical elements in it. Fantastic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-17

A Good Story

I liked the story line but it didn't hold me captivated throughout. I have to admit I skipped along in some chapter's as I felt it rambled before the ending. Story could have been shortened and kept sharper keeping the same twists and turns but cutting out menial tasks or coversations of characters.
But overall a cute love story. I may still read the second book.

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  • Grumpy One
  • 01-31-17

A lovely story

A true historical romance. A bit predictable but still I didn't want it to end.