Sapphire Widow
Dinah Jefferies

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Narrated By: Gabrielle Glaister

Duration: 13 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

Penguin Presents the audiobook edition of The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies read by Gabrielle Glaister.

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...


Historical romance, Historical fiction, Narrative theme: Sense of place, Narrative theme: Interior life

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Packed with colour, history, atmosphere and plenty of twists and turns, this is a lush, escapist read

Sunday Express on 'Before the Rains'

Beautifully written and heart-rending

Katie Fforde on 'The Tea Planter's Wife'

Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity.

Kate Furnivall

My ideal read - I couldn't put it down