5 years ago
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I've just finished a novel I enjoyed much more than I expected: The Tea-Planter, from 1900 by Fanny Emily Penny (one of those free Google Books titles, wonderful to read on a tablet through that iPad or Android app). It's a breezy tale of a jilted English woman who relocates as a governess to a Ceylon tea plantation. Like Laura Childs' mysteries, I relished it less for the plot than for the occasional details of life among the tea.
Here's a passage, in which the family gathers to try the first batch of tea fired by the eldest boy...