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Darjeeling Inheritance (The Colonials) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0938Y6XVS
- Publisher : Heywood Press (1 October 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 874 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 229,596 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charlotte inherits Sundar, Dan Fitzgerald’s the assistant manager, Charlotte wants to learn everything she can about running a tea garden and Dan agrees to show her. It involves early mornings, really long days, delegating jobs to the workers and negotiating with old fashioned tea merchants.
Charlotte’s fathers wish is for her to marry Andrew McAllister, the younger son of Douglas, combine their plantations and create a tea dynasty. Charlotte’s only eighteen, she upset by her father’s death, and she doesn’t want to rush into marriage, she needs time to get to know Andrew and it’s a big decision. An English woman’s role in Darjeeling in the 1930's was to marry, have children and make friends in the small social group, would Charlotte be happy with this lifestyle and she wouldn't be involved in the running of the estate!
Ada Eastman, chaperoned Charlotte on the journey from England, she’s marrying Harry Banning and he’s a neighbor of the Lawrence’s and the McAllister’s. For Ada moving to Darjeeling is a chance for a fresh start, Harry’s a steady chap, she will have financial stability, and live close to her new friend.
Darjeeling Inheritance is a story about family, loyalty, expectations, friendship, romance, secrets, betrayal, and set in a beautiful location. I didn’t realize growing tea was so involved, I enjoyed how the whole process was included in the narrative and I’m a tea lover.
A fascinating story, well researched, lots of descriptive information and four stars from me.
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Chapter 1 picks up later in 1930, when Charlotte returns with a chaperone, Ada, to the family's tea plantation after being educated in England. Upon her arrival, the assistant manager, Dan, sadly informs her that her father has just died. To her shock, Charlotte learns that she has inherited the entire estate. Her grieving mother presents two options only available to a single woman at that time: sell the estate or marry Andrew, the son of another plantation owner. Since childhood, Charlotte always held the same love for the estate as her father and refuses to sell it. Still, she wants to honor his wishes to marry Andrew, but first, wants to learn more about the tea business.
Dan graciously agrees to teach Charlotte about the operations, much to the chagrin of everyone around her. Determined, Charlotte endures the harsh conditions as she learns about planting, harvesting, and processing tea from Dan, who treats her more like an equal and becomes her close friend. Meanwhile, the true natures of Andrew and Ada, whom Charlotte considers a close friend, comes to light. Charlotte must make a final decision to set the date for the wedding as dark secrets bubble to the surface. Will she do as the colonized society expects— marry Andrew—or seek an independent pathway with Dan for whom she has a growing attraction?
Author Liz Harris has masterfully written a multi-layered historical romance containing elements of betrayal and debauchery in a colonized society hiding dark secrets in which natives are taken advantage of. As with all romances, the story focuses on the development of the romantic relationship that seems impossible between Charlotte and Dan in the stratified society. The dialogue captures the essence of the characters and the vivid description of the landscape foreshadows dangers lurking in the lush landscape. The depth of the story rises above most romances because it pulls no punches and honestly reveals the inequities in a colonized society. It also provides a well-researched background on how tea is planted, harvested, and processed for commerce. For these reasons, the story immediately hooked me and I eagerly read to the end to see if Charlotte defies expectations to find herself and true love.
I heartily recommend "Darjeeling Inheritance" for those who enjoyed reading a richly textured story about a young woman who defies cultural expectations in the midst of betrayal by those closest to her. The novel honestly depicts a colonized society that hides its abuses and dark secrets.