After eleven years in school in England, Charlotte Lawrence returns to Sundar, the tea plantation owned by her family, and finds an empty house. She learns that her beloved father died a couple of days earlier and that he left her his estate. She learns also that it was his wish that she marry Andrew McAllister, the good-looking younger son from a neighbouring plantation.
Unwilling to commit to a wedding for which she doesn’t feel ready, Charlotte pleads with Dan Fitzgerald, the assistant manager of Sundar, to teach her how to run the plantation while she gets to know Andrew. Although reluctant as he knew that a woman would never be accepted as manager by the local merchants and workers, Dan agrees.
Charlotte’s chaperone on the journey from England, Ada Eastman, who during the long voyage, has become a friend, has journeyed to Darjeeling to marry Harry Banning, the owner of a neighbouring tea garden.
When Ada marries Harry, she’s determined to be a loyal and faithful wife. And to be a good friend to Charlotte. And nothing, but nothing, was going to stand in the way of that.
Darjeeling Inheritance is perfect for readers of the novels of Dinah Jefferies, Fiona Valpy and Kristin Hannah.
Amazon Buyer Reviews – [See all reviews]
Many years ago I read another of Liz Harris’s books, “The Road Back” set in Northern India, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I came upon “Darjeeling Inheritance” by chance when looking for other historical fiction books, my favourite genre, and thought that sounds like my cup of tea !!( pardon the pun as this book involves a lot of detail about the whole tea making process).
It is essentially a love story, but with secrets and betrayals, set in the Darjeeling area of India. The time period of the 1930’s, is vividly recreated by the author, along with rich descriptions of the tea estates for which the area is famous. I highly recommend this book , if you like Ann Bennet, Dinah Jeffries, M M Kaye, and The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas, you will enjoy this too. I look forward to the next instalment of The Colonials in 2022. (T.F White – Amazon Review)
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