#TFBookClub reads “The Sapphire Widow” set in CEYLON (SRI LANKA)

16th April 2018

#TFBookClub May/June 2018

Our first seven outings for the #TFBookClub have seen us travel the world, seeing different locations through the eyes of authors:

  • We have so far been #OnLiteraryLocation in SARDINIA with Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre By The Sea 
  • We have explored the sense of history in PRAGUE, reading Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
  • We have been on a real adventure to CENTRAL AMERICA with Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed 
  • We have been immersed in an intense relationship between two female writers in Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, set in NORTHUMBERLAND and the LAKE DISTRICT,
  • We have met Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva in 1930s CEYLON (now SRI LANKA), experiencing Trouble in Nuala.
  • We have time-travelled to exotic GRANADA in historic ANDALUCIA SPAIN with Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions
  • And most recently we have dived into the beautiful CYCLADES in GREECE with Hannah Fielding’s Aphrodite’s Tears

Our latest #TFBookClub outing is back to intriguing CEYLON (now SRI LANKA) in the 1930s, with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies.

Ceylon, 1935. 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 more than anything: a child.

While 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…

Join us in reading The Sapphire Widow to find out what happens to Louisa.

Apply for a copy to read along:

If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during May and early June 2018, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer paper (UK only) or digital (via Netgalley) or either – by midnight, 30th April 2018. The first names out of the hat on TUESDAY 1st May 2018 will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

We will be in touch at the beginning of May if you are one of our lucky readers! Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 30th April 2018!

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  1. User: LisaRowsell

    Posted on: 28/04/2018 at 9:29 am

    I really enjoyed reading the Tea Planter’s Wife, and this one sounds just as good. I’d love the paper version please.


  2. User: Linda McFall/ lindyloumac

    Posted on: 24/04/2018 at 11:26 am

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the earlier novels by Dinah Jeffries and am really looking forward to reading and reviewing The Sapphire Widow. First choice would be a paperback copy so it can be Bookcrossed.


  3. User: Angela Paull

    Posted on: 23/04/2018 at 9:00 pm

    I have read a couple of books from this author and they are always entertaining and rich tales. Would love a print copy 🙂


  4. User: Deborah Small

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 7:46 pm

    This is a new author for me, I’d love a digital copy please.


  5. User: Julie Mellis

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 5:48 pm

    Hi. I really enjoyed the last #TFBookClub Would it be possible to join this one too? I’ve seen it advertised for another book club and have fancied it ever since. Ive joined another book club thru a library (where I work) since joining you guys last month.


  6. User: Janine Johnson

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 2:39 pm

    I love to travel the world in my literary adventures. A paper copy would be lovely please x


  7. User: Margaret Cook

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 12:53 pm

    Would love to read this one.


  8. User: Rose Stephenson

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 10:49 am

    I would love to read this along with you. I prefer a paperback.


  9. User: Denise Pentland

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 10:19 am

    A paper copy would be fabulous.


  10. User: Maddi Heinrich

    Posted on: 22/04/2018 at 9:55 am

    Yes please….would love to be transported back to 1930s Ceylon by Dinah again. I loved The Tea Planter’s Wife. I don’t mind paper or digital – thank you.


  11. User: Jane Mcclelland

    Posted on: 19/04/2018 at 9:19 pm

    Digital copy please thank you


  12. User: Irene Wright

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 6:47 pm

    Yes please. I have just finished a book about Out-back Australia – took me back to our recent trip there. Would like to visit somewhere else again.


  13. User: Lynne C Jones

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 5:15 pm

    Would love to join in virtually with my paper copy as am isolated at home recovering from cancer treatments which hit the immune system. Sri Lanka is also on my travel wish list!


  14. User: Pam Phelan

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 4:36 pm

    Even the cover is beautiful. I’d love to read it.


  15. User: Robin Batterson

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 3:54 pm

    I would love to join in and read with you. Ebook or paper Is fine with me. Read both types!
    Thank you .


  16. User: Sylvia Robbins

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 3:39 pm

    Ooh – I’d love a paperback copy – I nod off staring at the screen – and how nice to join your book club, please.


  17. User: Cherie Gravette

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 1:18 pm

    Would love to join and win a paper copy, please. Thank you!


  18. User: Mary

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 12:45 pm

    Love a paper back copy


  19. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 12:44 pm

    I loved The Tea Planter’s Wife, it really captured the essence of the colonial lifestyle in Ceylon, so I would love to follow up with this book. I’d prefer the print version please


  20. User: Nicole Asselin

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 11:29 am

    I would love a digital copy (since I’m in the US)…sounds fascinating!


  21. User: Lisa ohara

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 9:16 am

    I wished I’d have been born in the 30s, sounds a fantastic read and would to read a paper copy


  22. User: Teresa S

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 8:17 am

    Would love to join in with the book club read….paper copy if I’m chosen…thank you.


    1 Comment

    • User: SG

      Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 12:07 pm

      Would love paper copy please, very kind of you


  23. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 7:16 am

    Paper please, such a beautiful setting for a book!


  24. User: Sue Harrison

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 6:16 am

    Looks intriguing – paperback please


  25. User: Sue Dawson

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 5:34 am

    Just put a plea in for a paper copy please but it disappeared into the ether!


  26. User: Sue Dawson

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 5:26 am

    Would love to read a paper copy of this please,


  27. User: Nissi Reads

    Posted on: 17/04/2018 at 2:41 am

    I would love a digital copy. Thank you.


  28. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 10:42 pm

    Back to Ceylon! How can I resist? I’d love a paperback copy please. Harriet


  29. User: Beverley Bookless

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 10:40 pm

    Count me in please.
    I enjoyed the Tea Planter’s Wife, which set me up for my holiday in Sri Lanka earlier this year. The ethos of Tripfiction in action as I went there knowing a little of the history and culture.
    Happy with book or digital.


  30. User: Emily Goode

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 9:30 pm

    This sounds fantastic. Digital copy please.


  31. User: Sue. Blackburn

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 9:21 pm

    Would love to read this -paperback please


  32. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 8:24 pm

    Book Please. I am very much enjoying the book Club and would love to read another book by Dinah Jeffries, thank you.


  33. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 7:25 pm

    I really enjoyed “The Tea Planter’s Wife” so would love to read ” The Sapphire Widow”. Reading about Ceylon would be great as I doubt if I will ever get to visit!


  34. User: Helen

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 6:42 pm

    Paperback please


  35. User: Melanie Daniels

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 6:15 pm

    Hi, I’d prefer a paper copy please. Sounds like an interesting read!


  36. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 6:08 pm

    Ps. I would prefer a paperback copy, please, unless electronic can be read on my kindle (old model)?


  37. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE Dinah Jefferies’ books & I loved Sri Lanka when I visited in the early 80s so a winning combination for me! 🙂


  38. User: Agnieszka Higney

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 5:19 pm

    Would love a paperback x


  39. User: Lacy Morris

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 5:11 pm

    Hi I would love a paperback to read along. Thank you


  40. User: Anne Allen

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 5:08 pm

    Prefer paperback


  41. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 5:07 pm

    I’d love a PB copy please x


  42. User: Sinead Morrin

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 5:00 pm

    Paper please


  43. User: Sinead Morrin

    Posted on: 16/04/2018 at 4:59 pm

    Hello paper copy please. Loving reading India set books after a lovely trip there recently


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