Before the Rains

What some bloggers and the press had to say

Joanne Lewis, Pickled Thoughts and Pinot - "An historical novel bursting with colour and a fabulous read!" Read more

Julie Ryan, Round the world in 26 books - "Dinah Jefferies has truly mastered the skill of transporting the reader, both in time and place" Read more

Debra’s Book Cafe - "This book just swept me away." Read more

Jo Darcy, The Book Jotter - "Vividly descriptive and beautifully written, this is a book you must read." Read more

Emma Crowley, Shaz’s Book Blog - "..another utter triumph….she is up there.. as one of the greatest storytellers in recent years." Read more

Susan, The Booktrail - "a stunningly epic read." Read more

Amy, Compelling Reads - "..a novel which…blends history, romance and the exotic Indian landscape into a captivating story, it’s Dinah’s signature style which works so well" Read more

Laura Parish, Novel Kicks - "Before the Rains is a beautifully crafted novel. Simply put, I loved it."

Rea, Rea’s Book Reviews - "This was another flawless read by Dinah Jefferies that had me engrossed from the very first chapter" Read more

Jan Lambert, Beady Jans Books - "I was completely and utterly engrossed in this opulent and vibrant tale of British Rule in India and forbidden love which is the absolute epitome of historical romance." Read more

Jo, Jaffa Reads Too - "Beautifully evoking time and place, the story is filled with intriguing people….Dinah Jefferies is fast becoming one of those authors who I know will never let me down." Read more

Sarra Manning, Red - "Before The Rains, is the kind of vividly detailed, yet nuanced, historical romance that we’ve come to expect from Dinah Jefferies." Read more

JB Johnston, Brook Cottage Books - "Before The Rains is a breath-taking novel that I would highly recommend." Read more

Shaz Godwin, Jera’s Jamboree - "hooked me in straight away … all my senses awake and my emotions heightened….The settings are just magical. Dinah Jefferies is so skillful in bringing everything to life, I was transported to another time to another culture. …The romance is soul to soul. Beautiful, poignant and takes your breath away. …The ending is perfect. Just perfect." Read more

Laura Turner, Page Turners Nook - "It is stunning and beautiful, yet at the same time harrowing and heart-breaking. I didn’t want it to end – I wanted it to go on forever, especially the story of Eliza and Jay – it grabbed me like no other." Read more

Michelle Ryles, The Book Magnet - "Another fabulous saga. Before the Rains is absolutely oozing with colour, sounds and smells of exotic imperial India.  You often hear people say that ‘I closed my eyes and I was there’ but with Dinah Jefferies my eyes were wide open.  A colourful, vibrant epic that I highly recommend." Read more

Julie Williams, Boon’s Bookcase - "Dinah Jefferies brings this book to life with mesmerising details of the sights, sounds and smells that make you feel that you are actually there!" Read more

Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post and syndicates - "Before the Rains is a sizzling, eye-opening page-turner and confirms Jefferies’s reputation as both a master storyteller and an acute observer of 20th century colonial history." Read more

Vicky Leigh, The Welsh Librarian blog - "Before the rains is yet another beautifully written historical novel.. Every detail is perfect, you can really immerse yourself into 1930s India and almost believe that you are there." Read more

Annie, The Misstery - "an evocative and beautifully written book" Read more

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter

What some other authors thought of The Silk Merchant's Daughter

"I’ve just finished ‘The Silk Merchant’s Daughter’ — what a vivid and well-researched story! It’s an exquisite depiction of colonial Vietnam on the brink of a new era; I could feel the humidity and the sweet scent of frangipani trees … Dinah’s writing is incredibly suspenseful and did not shy away from the harsh realities of warfare. I fevered with Nicole to the very last page; the tension is as taut as the silk that winds through it." - Lucinda Riley – bestselling author of ‘The Seven Sisters’ and several others

"Put everything else on hold. Turn off the phone. Be prepared to be swept away by this wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down and loved every delicious page. Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity. I was totally captivated by its passionate and dangerous story of Nicole, as she fights to find her place in the turmoil of 1950s Vietnam, torn between loyalty and love. Deeply layered, full of twists and surprises, but with an edge of darkness, this book is an exciting, exhilarating, extraordinary story that is beautifully written. I loved it. A must read." - Kate Furnivall – author of The Italian Wife and others

"A captivating story, an exotic and richly imagined setting, sibling rivalry, romance, l couldn’t put it down" - Julia Gregson – author of Jasmine Nights, and East Of The Sun, plus others

What some bloggers and the press had to say

Emma Henderson, The Independent - "If it’s engrossing and thought-provoking fiction you’re after……" Read more

Only Pretender, Wyznania Uzależnionej od… Książek (Poland) - "I recommend this book to all women who want to break away from the humdrum, everyday autumn. The trip to Vietnam last century, which will put you in the middle of a conflict between the sisters but also the empires, and the dilemmas of the main character, accompanied by hot tea and blankets will absorb you completely. rating: 5 +  (Above Expectations +)"

Recenzie Ksiazek, Z Ksiazka W Reku (Poland) - "..a romantic story colonial with sisterly rivalry, dark secrets and love..  a book about the search for happiness and their place on the ground. .. all this surrounded by a bloody war. I would recommend!" Read more

Elizabeth Bolondi, Classifica Libri (Italy) - "..told with lightness, mixing politics and society, war and peace, love and death, the inglorious end of French colonialism.  already a bestseller in the weekly charts of best selling books (Italy). It is a masterpiece from the literary point of view." Read more

Sabrina Guaragno, Blog di Sabrina Guaragno (Italy) - "this splendid book!" Read more

Alba Forbe, Alba In Bookland - "This is my first book by Dinah Jefferies and it won’t be the last for sure. What an amazing and captivating story it is. I love the kind of books that transport you to another place, to another time (one you have no idea about) and make you part of it." Read more

Julie Williams, Boon’s Bookcase - "..Beautifully written and Dinah has the incredible talent of bringing this book to life. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter is a fascinating story that was a pleasure to read." Read more

Jill Doyle, Jill’s Book Cafe - "It is a story that will keep you engaged, .. I can happily recommend this book" Read more

Amy, Compelling Reads - "..a beautiful story set in exotic surroundings so richly described you can see yourself in the heart of the action … making it come alive on the page –  She’s a master in what she does! … love this book." Read more

Sophie Donnelly, Daily Express - "Every smell, taste and sound from the bustling streets of Hanoi is brought to life in a truly addictive read.

Nicole is an incredibly vulnerable yet strong heroine … you can’t help but wonder what you would do in her shoes." Read more

Agi, onmybookshelf– I Heart Chick Lit - "The Silk Merchant’s Daughter is an incredibly clever, eloquent powerhouse of a book, full of emotions and difficult decisions – a love story in the brutal world of war and political tensions." Read more

Celia Moontown, Celia Moontown Blog - "…conveying the deepest and darkest side to human behaviour. It really tugs against your emotions …This book is wonderful" Read more

Vicki Bowles, Vikbat blog - "The Silk Merchant’s Daughter is an enthralling, beautifully written story." Read more

Ed Karen, My Weekly - "Beautifully atmospheric with twists to keep you enthralled.”  Read more "

Linda Hill, Linda’s Book Bag - "Dinah Jefferies creates a narrative as beautifully woven as the silks in the story as she conveys the emotions of love and hate, fear and happiness in a sumptuous read." Read more

Isabelle Broom, Heat magazine - "This Vietnam-set historical novel is utterly stunning. A must!” Read more"

Adele, Kraftireader - "I utterly adored this story. I was gripped with the intense drama and of the desperation of survival of the heart and soul. This was a beautiful, touching, at times harrowing and tragic story. A story of survival. A story of defending your heritage. A story of love." Read more

Liz Robinson, Lovereading - "Visually and emotionally powerful, ’The Silk Merchant’s Daughter’ is quite simply a gorgeous read." Read more

Katherine Sunderland, BiblioManiac - "…a portrait of someone learning about love and heartbreak. Nicole is never sure who to trust and whose story to believe… I would recommend it." Read more

Pam Norfolk Book Reviews, Lancashire Evening Post and others - "The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, an addictive blend of history, drama, romance and danger.." Read more

The BookTrail - "This played out like a film in my mind…. visually stunning and so poignant and sad. …but it was the plight of the characters, what it must have felt like at the time that really got me going…you’ll want to read it all." Read more

Deirdre O’Brien , The Sunday Mirror - "Lush and romantic, with an authentic feeling of place and period, Jefferies should have another hit on her hands here.”   Read more"

Rea, Rea Book Reviews - "This book did not disappoint and I can see this book easily joining The Tea Planters Wife in hitting that bestselling spot." Read more

Karen Dennise, My Reading Corner - "…..vivid imagery along with intriguing characters, wonderful locations ….   Another recommended read." Read more

Emma Smith, Mrs Red’s Reviews - "The Silk Merchant’s Daughter explores the politics of war, family secrets, betrayal and love in a beautiful yet tragic setting. A tearful and powerful story following Nicole into adulthood through some testing times. A highly recommended read for 2016." Read more

Susan House on NetGalley - "engaged my imagination from the start and held it throughout" Read more

Annemarie Macken on NetGalley - "…if she cannot even trust her own father and sister, to whom can she turn?" Read more

Hannah Dell’Armi on NetGalley - "I couldn’t put it down. The story had me gripped" Read more

Maddi Heinrich on NetGalley - "Dinah has crafted yet another tale of wonder, adventure and heartache" Read more

The Tea Planter’s Wife

What some other authors thought of The Tea Planter's Wife

"My ideal read; mystery, love, heart-break and joy – I couldn’t put it down." - Santa Montefiore – author of The Beekeeper’s Daughter

"It is a terrific and atmospheric read,  full of riveting detail, and very emotional too. I am sure it will be a big success." - Elizabeth Buchan – author of I Can’t Begin to Tell You

"The characters come alive moment by moment, as the secrets are unravelled… I was spell bound from beginning to end by the emotional twist and turns. Dinah Jefferies has hit a home run with this fabulous novel." - Deborah Rodriguez – author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

"Dark secrets lie at every turn, hidden beneath layers of 1920s racism and the fearfulness of a crumbling colonial power, making for a thoroughly gripping tale. But what I loved most of all, underpinning the whole narrative, is the moving way in which Dinah writes about the loss of children and the redemptive power of love." - Liz Trenow – author of The Poppy Factory

"Dinah Jefferies has once again created a gloriously atmospheric and tension-filled novel. Immensely enjoyable, poignant and compelling." - Isabel Wolff – author of Ghostwritten

"Beautifully written and heart rending… a magical setting with a real sense of period." - Katie Fforde – author of A Vintage Wedding & A French Affair

"Vibrant and compelling – Dinah Jefferies perfectly captures the flavour of colonial Ceylon." - Rosanna Ley – author of The Saffron Trail

"The Tea Planter’s Wife is a wonderful book on so many levels, intensely moving and beautifully observed. I was enthralled from start to finish…Ceylon leaps to life in dazzlingly lush detail. The sights, sounds and smells are masterfully conjured. Dinah Jefferies brings to the story a power and intensity that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go in this intimate and emotional tale that explores where the boundaries of love lie. A deeply touching and unforgettable read that swept me away. I loved it." - Kate Furnivall – author of The Italian Wife

What some bloggers and the press had to say

Thais, Amiga da Leitora (Brazil) - "Eu só tenho recomendações a fazer, para quem gosta de romances no estilo “O despertar de uma paixão”, com dramas, intrigas e segredos, vai se apaixonar por este." Read more

Reniére Pimentel, Versificados (Brazil) - "De maneira simples, mas direta e intrigante, Dinah Jefferies te leva a um caminho ao longo de toda história para, no fim, você descobrir que esteve errado o tempo todo. …O Perfume da Folha de Chá é, ao meu ver, um livro completo." Read more

Ane Reis, My Dear Library (Brazil) - "O Perfume da Folha de Chá é uma daquelas histórias que nos lembra do peso que as escolhas tem não somente em nossas vidas, mas na vida de quem amamos." Read more

Biia Rozante, Atitude Literária (Brazil) - "The truth is that I LOVED the whole of the work and I recommend it with great affection." Read more

Federica, Chocolate and Books (Italy) - "you will love this book, as much as I did, and I highly recommend you dive headlong into the exotic world that the author has described so well,  bringing up vivid images, colours and smells" Read more

Only Pretender, Wyznania Uzależnionej od… Książek (Poland) - "It pulled me from the first few pages and I could not break away ." Read more

Dryh Meira, Milkshake de Palavras (Brazil) - "..a very good and enjoyable read.  I found the author’s writing very good, and the characters were very well developed. And the cover is very beautiful, I can not stop looking at it! I’m curious and excited to read more of the author’s works, "

Sora Seishin, Meu Jardim de Livros (Brazil) - "The way the author, Dinah Jefferies, writes, makes everything seem very real – despite the fictional characters" Read more

Agata Papiorek, O! Shopping blog (Poland) - "Colorful descriptions of this exotic island and a mystery….. approachable style of the author." Read more

Lia Christo, Doces Letras (Brazil) - "An exciting, intelligent read" Read more

Alyson Richman, The Daily Beast (USA) - ".. a compelling, exotic journey to ’20s Ceylon." Read more

Olivia Silvana, Prefácio blog (Brazil) - "as I began to read, I was transposed into the story." Read more

Luciane Leite , O Que Tem Na Nossa Estante (Brazil) - "Anyway, it is not always that a book becomes our favorite, but this one was the case, so … RECOMMENDED!" Read more

Jamires Marins, Meu Epilogo (Brazil) - "O Perfume da Folha de Chá has entered my favorites list for sure!" Read more

Marissa, Clã dos Livros (Brazil) - "O Perfume da Folha de Chá is an amazing book" Read more

Larissa Alves, Unicórnio Literário (Brazil) - "full of suspense and surprises capable of holding the reader to the last page" Read more

Artika Aurora Bakshi (Sri Lanka), The Good Book Corner - "Jefferies’ masterful writing style transports the readers to exotic Ceylon. The hustle and bustle of Colombo along with its colourful and contrasting culture and people, gives a fragrant feel to the story. As the characters move to the tea estates, one can imagine oneself, amidst lush green tea plantations, with tea pluckers dotting the slopes. Dinah’s breathtaking description of the tea country brings the scenic vista to life….Dinah Jefferies’s novel is a page turner!!! Enjoy it with endless cups of Ceylon tea as this one is very difficult to put down!!!" Read more

Susurros de Csejte (Spain) - "The Tea Planter’s Wife has a plot that grabs the reader…. It is a highly recommended novel. (Translated from the Spanish)" Read more

Joanne Lewis, Pickled Thoughts and Pinot - "This book had me spellbound from the start…A fabulous read!" Read more

Barbara Frank, Waco Tribune-Herald (USA) - "This atmospheric family saga . . .  brings a touch of mystery with the romance in a beautifully descriptive setting." Read more

D. R. Meredith, New York Journal of Books (USA) - "Love, suspense, guilt, and hidden secrets with an underlying theme of race relations seamlessly blend together in a timeless story of an innocent young Englishwoman struggling to find her place in colonial Ceylon against unexpected circumstances and facing cruel choices. . . an enjoyable read." Read more

Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness (USA) - "Dinah Jefferies weaves a complicated story of secrets and tangled relationships…Lushly described and full of plot twists…The Tea Planter’s Wife is a satisfying historical novel." Read more

Library Journal (USA) - "“…the spellbinding tale of a young bride who travels to an exotic land…this atmospheric and suspenseful novel is reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca and will enthrall fans of Gothic romances.”" Read more

Romance Reviews Today (USA) - "The Tea Planter’s Wife is full of secrets of various characters and the strangeness of a foreign land. The historical viewpoint of the tea trade in Ceylon at the time seems very accurate, and author Dinah Jefferies’s use of description and detail places the reader in the location. It is an unusual but intriguing trip to a little visited time."

Dalison, Romance Junkies (USA) - "..a highly atmospheric story, rich in details of time and place, suppressed secrets, and passions. Love, hate, and the heartbreaking misunderstandings caused by allowing the past to fester in darkness all add up to a good read." Read more

Julie Whiteley, The Book Review (USA) - "The Tea Planter’s Wife is an exemplary novel, written with a lush literary prose, which pulls me deep into the landscape and historical setting .. …ultimately this is a love story, one that proves love’s power to overcome vindictiveness, jealously, grief and pain, and can give the heart the fortitude to forgive, accept, change, and move on with renewed hope. …., set in a magical location, and is packed with riveting dramas that kept me engaged…I loved the atmosphere .., the slight Gothic tones, and the tantalizing pace that swept me away to another time and place." Read more

Kait, Kait’s Bookshelf (USA) - "I just had to keep turning the pages" Read more

Publishers Weekly (USA) - "…an engrossing tale of mystery, manners, and prejudice set against the backdrop of Ceylon (current-day Sri Lanka)…Jefferies shows that she can weave a suspenseful tale in which characters’ complex motivations converge in surprising ways."

Kathe Robin, Romantic Times Book Reviews (USA) - "“[a] dramatic tale of jealousy, deceit, secrets and heartbreak. The intrigue and suspense, add a Gothic flair to Jefferies fast-moving plot and the evocative atmosphere along with the realistic characters will captivate readers." Read more

John Charles, Booklist (USA) - "Combine this with the vivid, evocative manner in which Jefferies describes the beauty of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and the captivating cast of characters she has created, and you have a superbly written novel that readers of historical fiction as well as women’s fiction
will treasure."

Mavis Flowers, Amazon - "‘The terrifying fragility of happiness’ – A wonderful tale told with detail and emotion. A portrayal of another life in another world. Prejudice, cruelty, love and hurt. How secrets were kept and the damage this could do. How guilt made happiness so terribly fragile. Thoroughly good read and I really enjoyed the simple stark elegance of the prose."

Amali de Silva Wijeyeratne, The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - "Jefferies has artfully told the story of a young couple, both of whom are burdened with secrets but also demonstrate resilience in the face of unexpected situations. The book is well researched and the characters realistic….. keeping the reader in suspense until the very end." Read more

Harriet Birch, Blissful Blog - "Despite any preheld ideas I might have had about this book, it surprised me so much…. it was a beautifully written book….I just need time for my heart to heal." Read more

Chloe Spooner, Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews - "a superb novel that I just did not want to end. … it moved me to tears ….a novel that will stay with me for a long time," Read more

Melanie Farmer, chapterandcake - "Gwen and Laurence Hooper are wonderful examples of characters who portray love, tragedy but above all hope, at times when all feels lost. … I really cannot recommend this (book) enough," Read more

haveyoureadthisbook - "It moved me beyond tears… my heart was bleeding so much for these characters that there was an actual ache in my chest. That is a powerful story." Read more

Lynsey Summers, Very Pink Notebook - "I was kept enthralled right up to the very last chapter as the discoveries were made, and deeply moved by how the plot unfolded." Read more

Jackie Law, Neverimitate - "Reading this book felt like living Gwen’s life, it was the journey through the pages that I enjoyed. I can understand why this book has become a best seller." Read more

Helle-Marie Andresen, The Student - "Dinah Jefferies produces a historical novel filled with heartbreak, tension and mystery……..a story about love and self-discovery ." Read more

Woman Magazine - "This is historical fiction at its heart-rending best." Read more

Michelle Ryles, The Book Magnet - "This is an absolutely magnificent book that successfully manages to sweep the reader away…" Read more

Amy, Compelling Reads - "…an emotional roller coaster but one hell of a ride!" Read more

Celia Moontown, Blog - " This is such a great story!! … The novel really does leave you feeling just a little bit wiser." Read more

Genes Reunited Book Club  - "The Tea Planter’s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon." Read more

Jennifer Stokes, Daily Mercury, Morning Post and others (syndicated Australia) - "Go on a journey beyond a romance novel to something more complex and atmospheric." Read more

Woman & Home - "A gripping tale of love, jealousy, greed and tragedy." Read more

Amy, Compelling Reads - "…an emotional roller coaster but one hell of a ride!" Read more

Julie Turner, Julie’s Book Cave - "To be truthful I can’t find fault in this book.  ..  I just couldn’t put the book down." Read more

Jo, Jaffa Reads Too - "I was beguiled, immersed and completely overwhelmed by the power of the story and of my emotional connection to it……….The Tea Planter’s Wife is without doubt one of my reads of the year…" Read more

Kerry Hiatt, The Sunday Express - "Rich and incredibly evocative, The Tea Planter’s Wife is historical fiction at its very best. It’s just spellbinding." Read more

The Separation

What some other authors thought of The Separation

"The Separation is as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife. In this captivating tale of the bonds that connect mother and daughter, Dinah Jefferies explores the dangerous ambiguities of the human heart by peeling away its mysteries layer by layer." - David Gillham, author of NYT bestseller ‘City of Women’

"I LOVED it! Dinah Jefferies writes beautifully, especially when she’s evoking the tense, ex-pat atmosphere of the 1950’s and Lydia’s feeling of powerlessness. The steamy, claustrophobic heat of Malaya is beautifully described and the desperation of Lydia when she realises her children have disappeared – every mother’s nightmare – is palpable. I’m sure this will do incredibly well when it’s published." - Lucinda Riley – bestselling author of ‘The Light Behind the Window’ and several others

"A powerful story of love and loss that is utterly captivating. I was drawn deep into the world of Malaya and England in the 1950s in this intense exploration of what it means to love. Beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric, Dinah Jefferies skilfully captures this fragile moment of history in a complex and thrilling tale. THE SEPARATION is a gripping and intelligent read." - Kate Furnivall – bestselling author of ‘The Russian Concubine’, ‘The White Pearl’ and several others.

What some bloggers and the press had to say

Lizanne Lloyd, Lost In A Good Book - "The authenticity of the settings is striking, …what captivates the reader is the passion and drama … a talented writer who is able to give context and characterisation to a moving, thrilling plot. This was a book I read late into the night, not wanting to put it down. Highly recommended." Read more

Jake Vecchiet, La Bibliothèque de Jake (France) - "It was a long time since I had read a novel of this quality, mixing emotions, adventures, destiny and travel." Read more

Nath, Songe d’une nuit d’été (France) - "I can say without hesitation that this novel was a nice “blow of heart” which I would still of think for a long time." Read more

Lynda Massicotte, Les Mille et Un Livres (France) - "what a novel, moving, engaging and most heart-rending,..A novel that you must read, a novel that you will not be able to let go once started." Read more

Artika Aurora Bakshi (Sri Lanka), The Good Book Corner - "The impeccable and deft writing style, the well constructed and deep plot, the thorough research and authentic descriptions……….The Separation, is a must read." Read more

PrettyRosemary Blog (France) - "I loved the way Dinah Jefferies portrays the Malay society of the 50s, between paradisaical illusions and reality of the civil war. .. It is …the kind of novel that devours you and makes you forget everything else. (translated from the French)" Read more

Deborah Swift - "What I loved about this novel was the contrasting settings – Emma’s cold, damp, dreary school, run by dour nuns, versus the colour, passion and heat of Malaya. And yes, there is a romance here too in this steamy setting. This is a real page-turner. The fact that the reader is always one step ahead of the separated parties makes for gripping reading, and means that the reader is always anxiously anticipating the effect of the new revelation on the separated children. This is dual narrative done really well, with both stories equally compelling." Read more

Samantha, Chick Lit Plus - "Quite a thrill ride, one I did not expect!  … You cannot miss a word!  Dinah Jefferies is a simply stunning writer!!!" Read more

Being Anne - "A gripping and emotional read, full of atmosphere and exotic detail, with a rattling good story." Read more

Books With Wine And Chocolate - "An amazing debut novel. Where have all these authors been hiding?

The prologue of this book is heartbreaking. I always finish reading my books by going back and re-reading the first chapter and having read the story the prologue seemed even more heartbreaking." Read more

New Books - "This is a powerful story of love and loss. There are some wonderfully vivid and atmospheric descriptions of Malaya. You can smell the tropics, feel the heat, and hear the birds and the bullfrogs…" Read more

Edel’s Book And Beauty Blog - "This story just blew me away!

From the opening chapter I was gripped when we first meet the characters then quickly learn something is not quite right .  This is an intricate story with plenty of twists and turns making it very hard to predict what could happen next…" Read more

Oodals - "A wonderfully written epic story with twists and turns that keep you guessing all through the book, with characters that are very well developed and scenes that are so wonderfully written that you will find yourself immersed in this novel for days." Read more

Novel Kicks - "I was reading well into the night and as a result, I am still trying to catch up with the sleep I missed because I couldn’t put it down." Read more

I Read Novels - "What a heart-wrenching story but at the same time it captures your attention. The Separation is gripping, powerful and emotional… millions of women readers are just going to love (it) and I just see her fan base grow…" Read more

I Heart Chick Lit - "The Separation is everything a book should be. It’s got suspense, mystery, heart and a little dash of romance. The emotions in the book were written with such flair that you’d be affected by the up and downs the characters go through. A captivating tale of love lost and found, hope and betrayal, The Separation is a rollercoaster of emotions, which will shake you to the core." Read more

Love Reading - "The Separation drags you in by the scruff of your neck from the first few pages and doesn’t let go until you have ridden the ups and downs of every chapter in this emotional roller coaster of a story." Read more

We Love This Book - "Set in the two contrasting worlds of the Midlands and Malaya in the 1950s Dinah Jefferies creates a vivid and evocative portrait of a mother and daughter separated… At times harrowing and always stirring, The Separation is powerful story driven by an interesting, twisting plot." Read more

Never Imitate - "The author writes beautifully. The story has depth, passion, fear and longing yet it is presented with a light touch that suggests as much as it describes. The tale is so much more than an historical account of family misadventures from days gone by. It transports the reader back in time to experience the lives and emotions as they were lived. I felt impotent loss and anger as I read, despair at the lies, pain at the tragedies, a glimmer of hope as the truth finally emerged…The scale of the story is breathtaking… I enjoyed this book immensely." Read more

Jo, Jaffa Reads Too - "I loved every bit of the novel, from the exotic background of the Malayan jungle, to the dismal background of rain swept England; there is never a lull when the story doesn’t pull you into a captivating story of love and loss." Read more

Pam Norfolk Book Reviews, Lancashire Evening Post - "The Separation, a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride from the steamy jungles of Malaya to the grey gloom of an English town, is a stunning first novel, full of fast-paced action, intense emotion and spine-tingling excitement." Read more

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