The fertile valleys of India are abundant with beauty, hope – and tea. The passionate and resourceful women of the Belhaven and Robson tea planter families have always dreamt big, even in the momentous early years of the twentieth century. From the majestic mountains of Assam to the industrial streets of northern Britain, they must learn to cope with hidden secrets, forbidden love, betrayal and adversity as they strive to make life better for themselves and their loved ones. But as they embark on epic adventures across a fast-changing world, will the upheavals of war and the dying days of the British Raj stop their dreams from becoming a reality?
THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER -Book 1
From sumptuous India to gritty Newcastle, beautiful Clarissa must learn to start again
Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa’s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care.
Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside.
A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?
Feedback from reviewers and readers:
‘Irresistible‘ – Sunderland Echo
‘A wonderfully moving, deeply emotional tale‘ – Daily Record
‘Trotter uses her experiences and imagination to bring strength and depth to her novels. Another thought-provoking book‘ – Lancashire Evening Post
‘Another action-packed, emotionally charged page-turner‘ – Newcastle Journal
‘A moving saga set against the backdrop of the thriving tea trade in turn-of-the-century Tyneside‘ – Peterbourough Evening Telegraph
‘A gripping and heartrending novel… An unforgettable novel of courage, suffering and enduring love‘ – Bolton Evening News
“The character of Clarrie Belhaven leaps off the page as a truly believable heroine who inspired sympathy. The chapters leading up to the girls leaving India are in particular deeply moving and I confess to having had a lump in my throat as I read. It’s one of those books that you can read voraciously and yet you don’t want it to end. It would make great Sunday night television…”
“Not normally given to e-mail authors but must tell you what a fantastic story. I thought I had done with romantic/historical fiction, you have changed my mind. Will there be a follow up?“
The Tea Planter’s Daughter is available as an e-book for Kindle (AmazonUK and Amazon.com) and other e-Reader formats, as well as paperback and audio.
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THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE – Book 2
In the 1920s Raj, hidden secrets and forbidden love will change two lives forever
When Sophie is suddenly orphaned at the age of six, she is taken from her parents’ tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland.
As the years pass and her exotic childhood becomes a distant memory, adventurous Sophie finds refuge in her friendship with her kind, shy cousin, Tilly. It is no surprise when the girls follow each other to India to embark on new adventures, new lives and new loves.
But the reality of 1920s India is far removed from their dream: the jungles are too humid and the breathtaking tea gardens too remote. And amongst the stifling beauty, intrigue abounds; while Sophie struggles with affairs of the heart, Tilly, alone in a difficult world, delves into the mystery of Sophie’s parents’ deaths. As the past begins to darken their friendship, will long-held secrets shatter everything they’ve ever strived for?
The Tea Planter’s Bride is available as an e-book for Kindle (AmazonUK and Amazon.com) and other e-Reader formats, as well as paperback and audio.
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Coming later this year …!
GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN – Book 3
An emotional and uplifting novel set in the momentous times of the 1930s and the Second World War
In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman’s car, she knows a new life awaits—but it is not the one she imagined.
In Simla, the summer seat of the Raj government, Adela throws herself into all the dazzling entertainments 1930s Indian society can offer a beautiful debutante. But just as her ambitions seem on the cusp of becoming reality, she meets a charming but spoilt prince, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.
The outbreak of the Second World War finds Adela back in England—a country she cannot remember—without hope or love, and hiding a shameful secret. Only exceptional courage and endurance can pull her through these dark times and carry her back to the homeland of her heart.
Publication due 6th December 2016