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The Tea Gardens Dr Isla Fenwick has a life that most modern women ofmight envy her career gives her status, her pedigree adds freedom, and her oldest crush, Jovian Mandeville, has reappeared in her life with a marriage proposal Her life is beginning to feel complete However, she insists on keeping a private promise she made to her late mother to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife With Jove s blessing, Isla sails to Calcutta to set up a new midwifery clinic What she can t anticipate is how India will test everything she relies upon within, challenging her professionalism and her loyalties But it is the fateful meeting of enigmatic Professor Saxon Vickery that will call into question what she trusts most about herself When the pair travel into the foothills of the Himalaya for a stay on a tea plantation outside Darjeeling, Isla must make the most important choice of her life And at the roof of the world where heaven and earth collide a price will be exacted for glimpsing heaven From England s squally seaside town of Brighton to India s slums of Calcutta and breathtaking Himalayan mountains, this is a heartbreaking story about the pursuit of passion by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin

10 thoughts on “The Tea Gardens

  1. says:

    Dr Isla Fenwick loved her father dearly and wasn t surprised he disagreed with Isla s need to work at the hospital in Calcutta Her desire to teach midwifery, to bring standards up to those in Britain was strong It was also where her mother had worked as a young woman where she had contracted the disease which event

  2. says:

    The Tea Gardens is about a young woman s dream of helping others during childbirth in India Dr Isla Fenwick s mother died soon after her birth and made her father promise to ensure that Isla married before turning thirty one Dr Isla Fenwick was in no hurry to find a someone to marry so her father took upon himself to do

  3. says:

    Book Review.Title The Tea GardensBook Details Paperback 398 PagesAuthor Fiona McIntosh Genre Historical Fiction RomanceCountries England London Brighton India Culcutta.Nearing Christmas time, Isla was walking with her father on an Autumns day through Kensington Garden of which they lived in South Kensington , when father jus

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    3.5 for Fiona McIntosh s West Bengal tale of tea and temptation.It s 1932 and Isla Fenwick is fast approaching the age by which her father had promised her dying mother he would have walked her down the aisle Isla s farinterested in her medical career than in the conventions of marriage, duty and homelife In fact, she hasn t disc

  5. says:

    3 stars I am not a romance lover, but I do love my historical fiction Thank goodness for me, there was a fair amount of history for me to learn from in this book or else I may have thrown my very expensive headphones across the room Dr Isla Fenwick is a great doctor, but she is a hopeless fool She heads off to India to practice there

  6. says:

    The Tea Gardens by Fiona McIntosh is a captivating new novel set in the magical Tea Gardens of Darjeeling in India.Starting in Brighton where jonquils bloom to a meeting at a Lyons Teahouse where love blossoms.Isla sets her hopes and dreams on India working as a doctor only to fall in love with one amidst the backdrop of the breathtaking H

  7. says:

    The Tea Gardens was a mixed book for me Some parts of it I absolutely adored, others I had to really push through to suspend disbelief well, it is fiction I picked it up and put it down several times Some days I missed it, others I didn t It s a book of contrasts the different cultures of England and India, the roles of women in the 1930s, pass

  8. says:

    I surprised myself and quite a few others when I requested The Tea Gardens by accomplished women s author Fiona McIntosh I could get into mild trouble if I call this a romantic novel it is although it carries an interesting clinical, greographical and historical base to the story.So, then, how did I get on with it Very well indeed Charles Fenwick ar

  9. says:

    This author has a wonderful ability to create atmospheric exotic locales The visuals, smells and even the feels of surfaces transport you exactly to that spot She also has some wonderful plot lines In this story, a young British doctor travels to India to work in a hospital, where she continues her Mother s work Just before she leaves, she has a romantic

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    What an absolutely beautiful story, it pulled me in and didn t want to let me go Isla is a young progressive woman in 1932 who as a doctor has dreams to help people in India She is lucky enough to meet a man who loves her but is willing for her to chase those dreams so long as she promises to return to him The way Fiona McIntosh writes enables you to travel t

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