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The Tea Gardens 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 it Charles Fenwick s candidate for his daughter was Jove Mandeville However, Jove Mandeville understood Dr Isla Fenwick dreams to go to India and allow her to go The readers of The Tea Gardens will continue to follow Dr Isla Fenwick s advantages in India.The Tea Gardens is the first book I have read of Fiona McIntosh, and I did enjoy reading it I know readers of The Tea Gardens do not like Jove Mandeville they think he is wimp I love him Dr Isla Fenwick was so lucky to find a man that allows he Dr Isla Fenwick Has A Life That Most Modern Women Of 1933 Might 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. 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 just happened to mention, marriage You see, Isla was now 30 and her father kept reminding Isla that he promised his wife now deceased that Isla will be married by 31 Father just slipped into conversation a certain Jove Manderville, a crush love Isla had when she was flat chested and had pigtails Isla hadn t seen Jove for fifteen or so years Father was keen, although Isla wasn t, however she reluctantly said yes, only for her father s sake Jove had picked a common ground venue and Isla had no idea where she was being chauffeured to a marriage proposal that was full of glass and with a condition suggested, and both agreed upon..Isla Dr Fendalton she was officially called, dealing in obstetrics ideal dream was to go to Calcutta, India, and help set up a decent clinic there, however life was not straight forward as she planned, being introduced to one rude, obnoxious doctor, called Saxon Vickery, a Professor, who sh 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 far interested in her medical career than in the conventions of marriage, duty and homelife In fact, she hasn t discussed it with her father yet, but she plans to follow in her mother s footsteps and travel to India to practice medicine But when her father suggests her teenage crush as a potential suitor, Isla s curiosity is piqued and she agrees to meet with the man In the blink of an eye, the two meet, fall in love and agree to marry Isla confides in her fiance, Jove, about her plans for India, and surprisingly he agrees to give her some time to pursue her ambitions before they wed Isla travels to Calcutta to take up a position in the maternity department of a local hospital, where she meets Professor Saxon VickeryThis book has all the ingredients for a great read I love Fiona McIntosh, I love historical fiction, I love the present day West Bengal location, I love a strong female protagonist and on the whole I did really enjoy reading it In particular there were some lovely descriptive passages the treats in the window of the teahouse in Brighton, the dresses Isla wore on a few pivotal occasions, and of course the mountains But there were a few moments when I felt like I was reading a Mills Boon romance not that there s anything wrong with that, if that s 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 for a few months and puts herself into situations which were completely contradictory to the promises she made to her dad and 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 Himalayas and Tea Gardens of Darjeeling.It s the Story of Tea and it s makings whether it be Darjeeling, Assam or Chai this story will delight you as you travel through the Tea Gardens in India.This is a real page turner You won t be able to wait to hear what happens next.It s hot and steamy just like your favourite tea Or, bubble bath Just you w 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, passion versus love and acceptance versus fighting for your beliefs The book started off well for me Isla is a female doctor, single and working hard in England to improve the lives of women in obstetrics Her true desire is to go to India to work in tropical diseases, but her father is against that as he believes India and tuberculosis is what killed Isla s mother They ve come to a compromise Isla to go to India, but work in obstetrics However, her father has one last trick up his sleeve reintroduce Isla to her teenage crush Jove, who is now looking for a wife I was a bit uncomfortable at this point surely as a female doctor in a very male dominated field Isla would have developed the strength to stand up for what she wanted to do Perhaps at heart she was willing to defer to her father s wishes When Isla and Jove met, it was an instalove involving a long date culminating in a proposal Again, this was a bit weird for me one date and you re happy to be bonded for life Jove also seemed a bit controlling already in what he wanted Isla to do and not do during her time in India could Isla not see it Doubts aside, Isla arrives in Calcutt 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 arranges for his daughter Isla to meet Jove Mandeville, a man she has not seen since she was barely into her teens, and he mid twenties At the time she had a crush on this handsome man, while he found her attractive and especially mature An obstetrician now nearing thirty, Isla remains unmarried Early in the book she attends a number of women pre and post partem and, as the most senior available doctor at the Hunter Street hospital on the day, scrubs up and performs an emergency caesarean when a baby s umbilicus prolapses Isla is determined to help women in a needing society She works with an Anglo Indian woman, Ellen, who admonishes her that everything in India, where she intends to practice, will be greatly different It s not your world don t try to change anything just make a small difference for a few 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 to the time and place and to exp 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 encounter with her first love, who to her surprise asks her to marry him She accepts with hope he will agree to let her travel to In


About the Author: Fiona McIntosh

Fiona writes best selling historical adventure romance alongside the heroic romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings Her books are published worldwide and in various languages Her most recent historical fi


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