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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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Loved it!

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

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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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A lovely story

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

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  • David Bogosian
  • 30-09-2016

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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  • wendy budnick
  • 27-04-2018

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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  • Roxana Garcia
  • 29-07-2017

Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction. This book was wonderful I couldn't put it down. I found myself in tears at the end! I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. The narrator was amazing and brought the characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-07-2017

Different emotions

This book was a tear jerker for me. I heard the second book before the first book. Now I am getting ready for the third one. I know it will be full of surprises too. I get so wrapped up in all the books. When I miss something I go back. I even fall asleep. I wake up and start all over again. I am really enjoying the audio version. It is so much better than reading. Thank you so much. Please keep other books like this coming.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 15-06-2017

Very Enjoyable

I didn't think I was going to enjoy it at first but I quickly settled into it & became engrossed. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Tuyet
  • 12-05-2017

Can't stop reading!

This book was very emotional, with the power of love, strength, and hope to keep one's going.

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  • Mary Beth Maschner
  • 10-05-2017

One long depressing downer

One tragedy after another and people being cruel to the marginalized at every opportunity. Why do people think this is entertaining? Why listen for hours to something that makes you depressed? Not my cup of tea, pun intended.

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  • Ann
  • 28-04-2017

Little slow

Good story heroine took along time to grow up but usually spoke her mind. The marriage was hard. Bertie was a joke.

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  • Christine
  • 06-04-2017

Another terrible narrator

Is there any chance these narrators can stop thinking they are actors and just read the book out loud with a normal voice? I can't review this book as I can't stand listen to it.

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  • TheMarriedGuy
  • 13-10-2017

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
  • 03-05-2017

predictable but we'll written

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

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  • R O N UMUNNA
  • 07-03-2018

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
  • 25-01-2018

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
  • 24-01-2018

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
  • 02-05-2017

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
  • 03-04-2017

Sisters love

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

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  • Sue
  • 19-01-2017

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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  • Sharon Rye
  • 20-04-2017

Came right in the end!

Such a plight for poor Clari and Olive.... loved how they were tested at every turn but still came out on top. So glad that Clari and Wesley finally came to see that love finds everyone in the end...
Glad that the evil Bertie got what coming to him...
Very well written can't wait to read another thank you

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