The Tea Gardens
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Fiona McIntosh’s meticulous research skills come to the fore in The Tea Gardens, set in England and India. Dr Isla Fenwick is a modern 1930s woman who refuses to accept marriage as a given—she has diseases to treat and people to help as her life calling. She accepts a proposal from childhood hero Jovian, with the proviso that she may fulfil her medical contract of working in India before she walks down the altar.
Our heroine makes her mark in India, improving the lot of patients through her fierce dedication. But when she encounters the equally passionate medical maverick, Professor Saxon Vickery, sparks fly, and a romance ensues. Will Isla’s future lie with Saxon or Jovian?
A neat twist provides a satisfying ending, and tea-lovers will enjoy discovering the romance of tea harvesting. Sometimes the book strays into purple passion territory, but overall it is a satisfying read.