The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies

The Sapphire Widow

After a marriage built on lies, can you ever learn to love again?Louisa Reeve has it all: a charming, devilishly handsome husband with a successful business as a sapphire trader, a beautiful home in colonial Ceylon, a fledgling career of her own. Except for the one thing she longs for more than anything: a child.After the couple experience a number of devastating miscarriages, Louisa becomes increasingly frustrated by Eliot's unexplained absences...

Details The Sapphire Widow

TitleThe Sapphire Widow
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction

Reviews The Sapphire Widow

  • Brenda
    Louisa Reeve had been happily married to her husband Elliot for twelve years, the only problems being her miscarriages plus the stillbirth of their daughter eight years prior. Elliot was often absent from their home with business meetings in Columbo and working at the nearby cinnamon plantation where he held shares. But Louisa missed him and although she tried not to, she worried of a reoccurrence to their problems of twelve months prior.While El...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Oh my, the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word, both were heavily included! What an action-packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. At my local library, I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy. Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon, young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a ...
  • Tasha and Megan Mahoney
    I never thought that (with a few classic exceptions) I would read historical fiction willingly. That was until I saw the beautiful cover of this book and wanted to know more! I read the excerpt and wanted to read the book.Dinah Jefferies’ writing completely transported my imagination to Ceylon in 1935!The book tells the story of Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming businessman. her relationship ...
  • Karen
    The Sapphire Widow is another mesmerising story from Dinah Jefferies. Set in Ceylon in 1935, it’s a beautifully written and evocative story of love, betrayal and hope. For those that have read The Tea Planter’s Wife some familiar faces return. I was delighted to meet up again with Laurence and Gwen Hooper.Louisa Reeve has a privileged life, living in a grand colonial house with servants to look after the household. Her charming and handsome b...
  • OLT
    The best thing about this latest book by Jefferies is the time and setting: 1935 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The author does a very good job of describing the country's flora and fauna, weather, geography, food, etc., so you can almost picture the place in your mind. In addition, we have the opportunity here to meet up again with Gwen and Laurence Hooper, main characters of THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE, who make cameo appearances here. Gwen, actually, make...
  • Thebooktrail
    I only received a proof of this today but luckily it's been one of those days where I've been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of time for reading!I've just had the most productive day ever thanks to Dinah Jefferies - solved a mystery, been transported to Ceylon, discovered the world of the plantations, the difficulties of the gem and sapphire industry, a troubled marriage...this novel is packed to the rafters! It doesn't read as bei...
  • Kirsty
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.This is a historical fiction novel set in Ceylon in 1935, and follows a young married couple called Louisa and Elliot. They have a rocky marriage at times, as Louisa is struggling to carry a child, having had many miscarriages, and Elliot has gambling and drink problems. Louisa couldn't have predicted just what else her husband was hiding from her though. His death in a...
  • Kirstie
    3.5/5. She has a style that is distinctive. Usually well to do family in an exotic location and usually set in he mid last century. I enjoy her writing but would like it from maybe a servants point of view or maybe a poor person. This one has hints of modern times as dealt with divorce and illegitimate child and adultery.
  • Laura
    Yet another mesmerisingly vivid story from Dinah Jeffries, this time set within the British occupied Sri Lanka during the early twentieth century. As ever with this author, I loved the way she truly captures the essence of her story settings - from the way she describes the natural environment of the jungle, to the warm rainfall and the hazy dry heat, this has always been one of my favourite aspects of her books.Louisa is the wife of a successful...
  • Shaz Goodwin
    2018-03-25 is such a charmer and always living for that adrenalin rush. I really felt for his sister Margo, always living in his shadow and trying to get noticed. His secrets bring nothing but heartache for not only Louisa but both of their families.I loved Louisa from the beginning. Despite living with her sadness shadowing her life she is optimistic and open to change. Always there to support Elliot, she has ...
  • Adele
    This was such a captivating story by Dinah Jefferies who has once again taken the reader to another culture and another time. This story takes us travelling back in time to 1935 and the city of Galle, Ceylon, south-west Sri Lanka. With Dinah Jefferies words describing the vivid colours, sounds and aromas you can visualise the cinnamon plantations, the streets in and around Galle and the serenity of the coastal area.Louisa and Elliot Reeve have be...
  • Jenks
    I’ve waited a year. It was worth the wait but now I’m heartbroken again that I do not have another Dinah Jeffries novel to read. I’ve never come across an author skilled at transporting its readers thousands of miles and years through time through the pages of a book, it’s done so effectively and so flawlessly you really identify with the characters and invest in their story. I felt for the main character so much at times my heart broke ....
  • Jeanette
    Excellent! Initially the cover caught my eye, but that apart, i do love historical fiction. One of the best that i have read in a while. Loved the characters, especially Louisa. I think she was an exceptional woman to have done what she did, especially after miscarriages. It was a shame when the story came to an end. I am not going to write what the story is about, as I much rather one read the story for themselves. I do however highly recommend ...
  • Emma Crowley
    It feels like only yesterday that Dinah Jefferies appeared on my reading radar with her incredible début The Separation and then quickly become one of my favourite authors. The Sapphire Widow is her fifth book and takes us back to Ceylon which was the setting for The Tea Planter's Wife. The connection between these two books, apart from the setting, is that a favourite character makes a reappearance and this is the first time this has happened w...
  • Patricia
    I found THE SAPPHIRE to be an interesting romance which takes place in 1935 Ceylon. Louisa has suffered from miscarriages her entire married life. When her husband dies, Louisa finds that not only has he lost their money, but he has led a secret life!
  • Helen
    3.5* http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...‘I told him if Ceylon was where his heart belonged, it was where my heart would belong too.’I was happy to read another Dinah Jefferies novel as you are guaranteed to be transported to some exotic location and time. The Sapphire Widow is set during the British occupation of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and vivid descriptions of the town of Galle are given. Dinah has this wonderful capacity to truly capture t...
  • Helen
    I love Dinah Jefferies’ books; they always have such interesting settings. So far they have taken me to 1950s French Indochina (The Silk Merchant’s Daughter), Malaya during the Emergency of 1955 (The Separation) and 1920s Ceylon (The Tea Planter’s Wife). Her new novel, The Sapphire Widow, takes us back to Ceylon again but the story this time is quite different.It’s 1935 and Louisa Reeve is grieving for her stillborn daughter, one of sever...
  • Beadyjan
    Dinah Jefferies has become my go-to author for sheer indulgent escapism. With all her books you know what you’re going to get, a stunning location beautifully described so well you can feel the heat and smell the spices. A haunting love story with a realistic and likeable heroine. Intricately researched details and a gripping historical read with a timeless quality which blends factual knowledge with a rich and vivid imagination to create a lus...
  • Romanticamente Fantasy
    Recensione in ANTEPRIMACon grande piacere ho divorato il nuovo romanzo di questa brava autrice alla quale sono molto affezionata per la capacità di descrivere ambienti e situazioni lontane da noi e delineare i sentimenti umani così bene.La location in cui si svolgerà la storia è sempre il lontano Ceylon, sul finire della dominazione inglese che ancora tiene saldamente in mano il commercio di preziosi e spezie nella piccola isola, dove una ris...
  • Angela Smith
    This was an enchanting read. I had read one of Dinah Jeffries other books (Before The Rains) and liked her ability to describe the sights and scents and sounds of the places she was writing about and in the time period they are set. This story is set in Ceylon in 1935 and if you have read and enjoyed the Tea Planter's Wife you will be pleased to see the return of Gwendoline Hooper in parts of this story.This story is about Louisa Reeve, the daugh...
  • Pgchuis
    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.The story of Louisa, born and bred in Ceylon, but nevertheless firmly British, and her husband Elliot, a businessman. Elliot dies and then the secrets he has been keeping begin to emerge.The Ceylon setting was interesting, although there were places where things were very explicitly explained to the reader - e.g. she slept with the window open, but it was OK because she had a mosqui...
  • Judith Spencer
    A captivating story set in Ceylon in the 1930's. Louise is mourning the death of a baby, her husband seems to be forever working away, and fools herself into believing she is happy and content. She is devastated by the sudden tragic death of her husband, only to discover deceit, and an husband she never recognised.The writing is poetic, and was easy to be swept up in the beautiful surroundings, I could imagine me being there. Sometimes it is just...
  • Diane Cunningham
    Louisa’s life is completely changed in a second after her husband is killed in a car accident. Her whole relationship with him is put into question when all Elliot’s secrets come tumbling out into the open. Louisa starts to doubt if she even really knew her husband at all after all those years together. With the help of her Dad her sister in law and a few friends Louisa try’s to except Elliot’s betrayal and move on with her life. A great ...
  • Sally Coles
    Set in 1930s Ceylon this is the story of Louisa who has been married to Elliot for 12 years. Louisa thought that she had a happy marriage apart from her stillborn child and miscarriage and so she is being to despair that they will ever have children. When Elliot dies though all sorts of things start to come out of the woodwork and really test her strength of could she not have known so much about Elliot was her marriage a comple...
  • Sarah Davies
    This is a beautiful story with a beautiful setting with Louisa and Elliot living in Ceylon in the 1930's to most people thtey have a fantastic marriage, but more goes on than what people know.Beautifully written with story so descriptive you can actually imagine your are in Ceylon romance mixed with deceit is always a good concept!!!4****
  • Janine Causley
    I was really excited to receive this as an advanced copy for review as I’ve loved Dinah’s other books This one did not disappoint I absolutely loved it and devoured it in two sittings It’s such a lovely story with a really good pace building up to a bit of suspense at the end Don’t hesitate to read this it’s worthy of its 5 stars
  • Melissa
    2.5/5 This book has a lot of potential, but unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. There was a lot of drama and excitement, but it was written in such a way that it just didn't hold my attention. I found myself not really caring what happened to any of the characters.
  • Pat Osment
    Very disappointed not a patch on her other novels.I usually love her use of description but this time it was over used to the point of irritation.I found the plot weak and predictable and all the characters weak especially Louisa.I made myself finish it although At times I wanted not to bother.
  • Julie
    What an atmosphere!! You can feel the discomfort of the heat. Lovely description of everything 1935. Loved the story. I'm sure I'll read this again.
  • Tania