Saturday, April 2, 2011

Free novel about Ceylon tea plantation life

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...


  1. Awesome! Thanks for posting about this. I just finished downloading it. I am a fan of Laura Childs' tea shop mysteries so I am anxious to read this one.

  2. i am a ceylon tea planter's daughter and nostalgic about my childhood with every picture of tea fields i see.. is there anyway to download this to my pc?