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In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life. When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no oth In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life. When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no other will be his wife and he whisks her away to his tea plantation in Ceylon. However once in Ceylon, Edmund loses interest in his new bride and becomes distant and cold neglecting her for long periods of time. Meanwhile Alex falls in love with the beauty of Ceylon and its people. One evening she stumbles into a stranger in the Ceylon forest and is shocked to discover that the handsome stranger who holds her in his arms is the overseer of the plantation, Julian Bainbridge; her husband’s half brother. She is drawn to the dark, attractive Julian as her husband continues to neglect her. As Julian and Alexandria fight their feelings for each other Edmund begins to spiral out of control hiding a dark, ugly secret that threatens to destroy everyone.


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In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life. When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no oth In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life. When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no other will be his wife and he whisks her away to his tea plantation in Ceylon. However once in Ceylon, Edmund loses interest in his new bride and becomes distant and cold neglecting her for long periods of time. Meanwhile Alex falls in love with the beauty of Ceylon and its people. One evening she stumbles into a stranger in the Ceylon forest and is shocked to discover that the handsome stranger who holds her in his arms is the overseer of the plantation, Julian Bainbridge; her husband’s half brother. She is drawn to the dark, attractive Julian as her husband continues to neglect her. As Julian and Alexandria fight their feelings for each other Edmund begins to spiral out of control hiding a dark, ugly secret that threatens to destroy everyone.

30 review for The Tea Plantation

  1. 5 out of 5

    MaryannC. Book Freak

    2.5 Stars. While I won't call this a bodice ripper I will say that it had it's lusty/steamy moments and some sadistic sexual descriptions that I wasn't into reading. This doesn't mean it wasn't a good read, just not for me. I guess I was expecting a more endearing read. 2.5 Stars. While I won't call this a bodice ripper I will say that it had it's lusty/steamy moments and some sadistic sexual descriptions that I wasn't into reading. This doesn't mean it wasn't a good read, just not for me. I guess I was expecting a more endearing read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    This is a great book for the beach. This is about Alexandria who in the late 1800's London broke off an engagement and to avoid scandal, she accepts a proposal from Edmund she doesn't know. She travels a long way to Ceylon to his tea plantation. But Edmund isn't what he seems to be. He just wants someone to give him heirs, and doesn't care about the other parts of a relationship. Alex soon befriends Julian, Edmund's half-brother. Someone who is the polar opposite of Edmund. Someone kind. This is This is a great book for the beach. This is about Alexandria who in the late 1800's London broke off an engagement and to avoid scandal, she accepts a proposal from Edmund she doesn't know. She travels a long way to Ceylon to his tea plantation. But Edmund isn't what he seems to be. He just wants someone to give him heirs, and doesn't care about the other parts of a relationship. Alex soon befriends Julian, Edmund's half-brother. Someone who is the polar opposite of Edmund. Someone kind. This is about boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy can't have girl because she is married to his brother. This is about girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl can't have boy because she is married to the boy's brother. It's also about boy and girl saying screw it. I really enjoyed this story and I recommend it if you like historical fiction and London in the 1800's. I received this as a Goodreads winner and I want to thank Nicola Italia for my signed copy. I look forward to reading more stories by Nicola.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew

    This wasn't so much a DNF as a DNS. I got as far as the first page and decided the style was not for me. If anyone else has read further and recommends I give it another try, please let me know. He made his way to the English Tea Room and decided to spend his time enjoying a nice cup of hot tea and The Times. He settled into a chair next to the window and fluffed his newspaper out. He scanned the front page and folded it in half. As he did, he noticed a young woman seated at a nearby table .... A This wasn't so much a DNF as a DNS. I got as far as the first page and decided the style was not for me. If anyone else has read further and recommends I give it another try, please let me know. He made his way to the English Tea Room and decided to spend his time enjoying a nice cup of hot tea and The Times. He settled into a chair next to the window and fluffed his newspaper out. He scanned the front page and folded it in half. As he did, he noticed a young woman seated at a nearby table .... As she set her fragile cup down, she glanced over at him and met his eyes before lowering hers. Her leaf-green eyes instantly reminded him of Ceylon. It was a sign. Alexandria Ellsworth had watched the older man enter the tea room. He was well dressed and meticulously put together. He wore a black morning coat with a single-breasted dark waist coat underneath of the same color, along with a shirt and necktie and full-length trousers in the same dark color. His hair was graying at the temples and appeared sparse, but he was tall and slender. She saw his blue eyes gazing steadily at her when their eyes met briefly. He took a seat near her table and commenced to read his newspaper, which he had hidden inside in his morning coat to keep it safe from water damage. She could feel his eyes upon her as she tried to retain her share in the table’s conversation. Her mother Clara was telling a story in which her Aunt Millicent and cousin Mary were completely engrossed. Her own mind was far away. She couldn’t concentrate on the silly stories her mother told when her life was coming apart at the hinges.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Very good book What a great book this is! It has been downloaded onto my Kindle for weeks now and I finally decided to read it today... and I am very pleased that I did. Italia has as very fluid and descriptive style of writing. The plot is original and well thought out and unfolds in a manner that makes it hard to put this book down. The heroine, Alexandria is a young woman who has decided to marry a "safe" choice after a previous betrothal fell through and that man sullies her name. She is take Very good book What a great book this is! It has been downloaded onto my Kindle for weeks now and I finally decided to read it today... and I am very pleased that I did. Italia has as very fluid and descriptive style of writing. The plot is original and well thought out and unfolds in a manner that makes it hard to put this book down. The heroine, Alexandria is a young woman who has decided to marry a "safe" choice after a previous betrothal fell through and that man sullies her name. She is taken to Ceylon with her new husband several years her senior to start a new life on his tea plantation. Her "safe" choice turns out to be her nightmare and she meets her new husband's halfbreed brother. Julian is my favorite character, the halfbreed brother, and becomes a very important character in this historical romance drama. I have to say this was such a good book I finished it in under five hours! The author's descriptions of Ceylon and the flora and fauna as well as the houses and furnishings is done very well......not overly done, though. Again, the plot is so good!!!! I definitely recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Garrett

    The Tea Planation was everything that I love in a historical romance novel and I loved the setting of Ceylon for this story. After a broken engagement, Alex married Edmund with high hopes of a normal marriage that quickly turns out to be so different. I really loved the characters, Alex and Julian. I recommend this book and plan to read Nicola Italia's first book, The Sheik and the Slave and any future books published. This was a great read!! The Tea Planation was everything that I love in a historical romance novel and I loved the setting of Ceylon for this story. After a broken engagement, Alex married Edmund with high hopes of a normal marriage that quickly turns out to be so different. I really loved the characters, Alex and Julian. I recommend this book and plan to read Nicola Italia's first book, The Sheik and the Slave and any future books published. This was a great read!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I wished that this story had a little more to do with a tea plantation in Ceylon and less to do with clichés about relationships. I'm surprised that a story this demeaning to women was even published. Here's a quote that shows you the level of absurd writing: When she was 16 he caught her in the woods and raped her repeatedly. It had been her lesson. Since then, he took her often. She hated him but was equally addicted to him. I wished that this story had a little more to do with a tea plantation in Ceylon and less to do with clichés about relationships. I'm surprised that a story this demeaning to women was even published. Here's a quote that shows you the level of absurd writing: When she was 16 he caught her in the woods and raped her repeatedly. It had been her lesson. Since then, he took her often. She hated him but was equally addicted to him.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Consuelo Murgia

    I liked the Victorian setting and the colonial atmosphere of Ceylon because I'm fond of history and exotic countries. Moreover Ceylon, that is nowadays Sri Lanka, reminded me of the dissertation I wrote for my M.A. in Foreign Languages. I also have to add that I appreciated the complicated love story of the protagonist and the fascination she had for the dark Julian. I liked the Victorian setting and the colonial atmosphere of Ceylon because I'm fond of history and exotic countries. Moreover Ceylon, that is nowadays Sri Lanka, reminded me of the dissertation I wrote for my M.A. in Foreign Languages. I also have to add that I appreciated the complicated love story of the protagonist and the fascination she had for the dark Julian.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lspinkrose

    I didn't like the amount of explicit sexual scenes in the book and I especially disliked the relationship between the antagonist and his mother (incest). I didn't like the amount of explicit sexual scenes in the book and I especially disliked the relationship between the antagonist and his mother (incest).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Every once in a while I like to wallow in a feminine book that is exotic. This was quite a nice read which starts with a young woman marrying an older man and moving to a tea plantation in Ceylon. Unfortunately the husband is both quite mad and mistreats his wife. This is the sort of book I used to read thirty years ago. The sex is steamy like the location of the book. The story line held together reasonably well but it's not real literature. Every once in a while I like to wallow in a feminine book that is exotic. This was quite a nice read which starts with a young woman marrying an older man and moving to a tea plantation in Ceylon. Unfortunately the husband is both quite mad and mistreats his wife. This is the sort of book I used to read thirty years ago. The sex is steamy like the location of the book. The story line held together reasonably well but it's not real literature.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    Typical freebie romance. Woman confined by society's misogyny, marries the wrong brother, misery ensues until the happy ending. Cut out the painful recitations of what everyone is wearing and the book would be half as long. More annoying was the lack of a thesaurus. "Bee-stung lips" didn't sound sexy one time, let alone 12, and other repetitious phrases were almost as bad. Typical freebie romance. Woman confined by society's misogyny, marries the wrong brother, misery ensues until the happy ending. Cut out the painful recitations of what everyone is wearing and the book would be half as long. More annoying was the lack of a thesaurus. "Bee-stung lips" didn't sound sexy one time, let alone 12, and other repetitious phrases were almost as bad.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann Marie Curry

    Nice ending! Thrilling! This was a wonderful thriller love story! Dealing with a madman creeped me out some but I couldn't stop reading. I had to make sure that everything turned out as it should in the end and it did! Hoorah!!! Nice ending! Thrilling! This was a wonderful thriller love story! Dealing with a madman creeped me out some but I couldn't stop reading. I had to make sure that everything turned out as it should in the end and it did! Hoorah!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Akhurst

    The storyline behind this book is interesting and intriguing enough and I managed to get all the way through it, however it was difficult. Mostly due to the constant 'head-hopping' between characters in the scenes. One moment, you're in her POV, the next in his, the next, in someone else completely... I don't mind POV changes - as long as they are signalled by a line break or a new chapter. It's quite confusing to be changed about so frequently. The writing itself was also not great in my opinion The storyline behind this book is interesting and intriguing enough and I managed to get all the way through it, however it was difficult. Mostly due to the constant 'head-hopping' between characters in the scenes. One moment, you're in her POV, the next in his, the next, in someone else completely... I don't mind POV changes - as long as they are signalled by a line break or a new chapter. It's quite confusing to be changed about so frequently. The writing itself was also not great in my opinion. Not the worst I've read by any means, but certain things kept jumping out at me, jarring me out of the story (which was already happening quite a lot with the head-hopping). One line that comes to mind was along the lines of: "The huge ruby sparkled on the dressing table." Not a bad line admittedly, but... this was in a dark room at night, as she lay in bed going to sleep. What is causing it to sparkle? Just small things like this that perhaps some readers would not notice, but for me made the book hard to read. As I mentioned though, I did get all the way through it - mainly because the underlying story is intriguing enough to want to know what happens. However, it isn't a book I would recommend to a friend, unfortunately.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia A. Call

    Falling in Love at the Tea Plantation! Alexandria was a beautiful young woman whom had gone through the London season and felt a failure. A young man asked for her, but her father refused because the young man wanted her money. She was in a tea shop and saw an older, slim gentleman, they're re eyes met.. The next day he came to her home and asked for her hand. Her father told her after checking him out, it was her decision. His name was Edmund and he owned a tea plantation in Ceylon. He was extre Falling in Love at the Tea Plantation! Alexandria was a beautiful young woman whom had gone through the London season and felt a failure. A young man asked for her, but her father refused because the young man wanted her money. She was in a tea shop and saw an older, slim gentleman, they're re eyes met.. The next day he came to her home and asked for her hand. Her father told her after checking him out, it was her decision. His name was Edmund and he owned a tea plantation in Ceylon. He was extremely wealthy and he told her she would want for nothing. So six months later they wed, and sail for Ceylon. This story is different from many historical romances. The bride is young, innocent and pretty. The groom has obvious mental problems that are explained as the book continues. The characters are rich and interesting, the scenes are well described, and I really did enjoy the book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical romances, but know it is different than most.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Great historical romance with a twist After Alexandria's reputation is marred by the lies of a shunned suitor, she marries an older gentleman hoping for a marriage of convenience. But, after finding out her husband's true nature Alex turns to his half brother for company and comfort. A plan is put in action for Alex to escape. But, will her husband let her go? Will she find happiness? This story was very well written with a cast of unique characters. Each scene perfectly detailed allowing the reade Great historical romance with a twist After Alexandria's reputation is marred by the lies of a shunned suitor, she marries an older gentleman hoping for a marriage of convenience. But, after finding out her husband's true nature Alex turns to his half brother for company and comfort. A plan is put in action for Alex to escape. But, will her husband let her go? Will she find happiness? This story was very well written with a cast of unique characters. Each scene perfectly detailed allowing the reader to step into the plantation in Ceylon or parties in upper class London easily. Full of intrigue and suspense this book was a definite page turner. Highly recommended to those who like historical romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    When it comes to books that are related to 'tea', and are historical-fiction, I am more then eager to read about them. This book was no exception, as I immediately fell-in love with the character of Alexandria, a warm and timid woman, who becomes hardened by her marriage to Edmund, a tea plantation owner in Ceylon. After their marriage becomes final, and they sail to Ceylon together, Alexandria begins to see the true nature behind Edmund's madness, especially when it comes to 'Beatrice', whom th When it comes to books that are related to 'tea', and are historical-fiction, I am more then eager to read about them. This book was no exception, as I immediately fell-in love with the character of Alexandria, a warm and timid woman, who becomes hardened by her marriage to Edmund, a tea plantation owner in Ceylon. After their marriage becomes final, and they sail to Ceylon together, Alexandria begins to see the true nature behind Edmund's madness, especially when it comes to 'Beatrice', whom the tea plantation is named after. Many instances later, Alexandria finds love in the arms of another man, while trying to make haste with Edmund, as Edmund continues to demise behind her back. I really enjoyed the premise of this story, and was enthralled with Edmund's treatment of Alexandria, along with many other individuals of the tea plantation. I was rooting for Alexandria to find a way to flee, as Edmund had a poisoned mind, someone that she needed to leave permanently. In the end, Alexandria was able to find her happiness, with Edmund realizing his defeat sooner then he would have hoped. An excellent story of love, betrayal, and the power that money can have over an individual.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    The Tea Plantation The love story if Julia and Alex. Edmund is the own of a tea plantation in Ceylon and he has come to England to find a bride. Edmund see Alex at a tea shop and think she will be the perfect wife. Alex is a heiress, who reputation was nearly ruin by her former fiancé. After the wedding they go to Ceylon when there she learn that Edmund is quite mad and dangerous. Alex meet Julia and find a haven in him and love follows. Can Alex find freedom from Edmund and happiness with Julia. The Tea Plantation The love story if Julia and Alex. Edmund is the own of a tea plantation in Ceylon and he has come to England to find a bride. Edmund see Alex at a tea shop and think she will be the perfect wife. Alex is a heiress, who reputation was nearly ruin by her former fiancé. After the wedding they go to Ceylon when there she learn that Edmund is quite mad and dangerous. Alex meet Julia and find a haven in him and love follows. Can Alex find freedom from Edmund and happiness with Julia. You love it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marren

    DIS A PPOINTED! One of the most weak willed woman lead character I have read in Literature. The disrespect for women left a bad reading taste for the story. I think the setting needed more details on the tea plantation because it a different compelling viewpoint. However, the author went all over all the place location wise and drew a picture of some of the most unfaltering, disgusting and feeble minded men although described as loving and handsome. Furthermore, the dialogue for the second half DIS A PPOINTED! One of the most weak willed woman lead character I have read in Literature. The disrespect for women left a bad reading taste for the story. I think the setting needed more details on the tea plantation because it a different compelling viewpoint. However, the author went all over all the place location wise and drew a picture of some of the most unfaltering, disgusting and feeble minded men although described as loving and handsome. Furthermore, the dialogue for the second half of the story is just plain awkward.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lakisha

    Alex longs to be married and have a family of her own. When a broken engagement sends her into a marriage with a stranger, she thinks her dreams have come true. Edmund seems like he is prince charming, but turns into a neglectful absentee husband with a horrible secret. Then she meets Julian, his half-brother and starts having forbidden stirrings. This was not your typical romance novel. There was some really intriguing plot twists. I have never read a romance this dark and it was AWESOME. The s Alex longs to be married and have a family of her own. When a broken engagement sends her into a marriage with a stranger, she thinks her dreams have come true. Edmund seems like he is prince charming, but turns into a neglectful absentee husband with a horrible secret. Then she meets Julian, his half-brother and starts having forbidden stirrings. This was not your typical romance novel. There was some really intriguing plot twists. I have never read a romance this dark and it was AWESOME. The secrets held in this book makes you have to catch your breath. Brava!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carl Rice

    Nice read I liked the book over all, but some things were off here and there. The author seems stuck on the phrase "Bee stung lips" to the point of annoyance. After a while it was almost enough to make me stop reading. I had to know how the story ended though, so I read to the end. Nice read I liked the book over all, but some things were off here and there. The author seems stuck on the phrase "Bee stung lips" to the point of annoyance. After a while it was almost enough to make me stop reading. I had to know how the story ended though, so I read to the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amal

    An okay, casual read but something felt missing. I wanted to know more about Edmund and his mother, specially Edmund. I wanted to know why he was the way he was. All that could be gathered of him was either from gossip or from his strange incoherent ramblings, neither which were sufficient for explaining his extreme behaviour. We never learnt much of Julian either, except for his obsession with Alex and his interest in chess. The book was nice but it had so, so much wasted potential.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Pleasantly surprised I added this title to my library and forgot about it. I was in a reading down turn. I had been having problems finding a book that would capture me. THIS BOOK DID!! I was unable to predict the plot it was an ever changing story that kept me entranced from being to end. I could not put it down!!! GREAT READ!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Misleading title. Very little about the tea plantation. It's not very often I can't finish a book but this one disgusted me in many ways. Skimmed through til the ending, which at least was sensible. Not my cup of tea, I fear. Misleading title. Very little about the tea plantation. It's not very often I can't finish a book but this one disgusted me in many ways. Skimmed through til the ending, which at least was sensible. Not my cup of tea, I fear.

  23. 4 out of 5

    bookgirl

    It's written in the tea leaves I enjoyed this book because it is not the usual bodice-ripping romance novel. That did not show up until page 200 and it was the only one. I loved the back-story as to why Edmund was the way he was. Typical ending. It's written in the tea leaves I enjoyed this book because it is not the usual bodice-ripping romance novel. That did not show up until page 200 and it was the only one. I loved the back-story as to why Edmund was the way he was. Typical ending.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Herzog

    Kind of predictable. I couldn't really seem to get into the characters in this story. I did enjoy the description of the different locations. Edmund was too despicable, Julian too heroic and Alex too unbelievable. Sorry... Kind of predictable. I couldn't really seem to get into the characters in this story. I did enjoy the description of the different locations. Edmund was too despicable, Julian too heroic and Alex too unbelievable. Sorry...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Take an adventure to find love! The Tea Plantation by Nicola Italia tells Alexandria’s journey to find love. This journey takes her to foreign lands and Italia’s descriptive writing put you in the middle of the exotic locations.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis C Surface

    Two stars Book was not what I was expecting The rape, murders, violence overall just did not appeal to me. Sorry, would not recommend this one

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A good effort, but still a developing writer. I'd try her again probably with a bit more experience. A good effort, but still a developing writer. I'd try her again probably with a bit more experience.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Couldn't be bothered to finish it. Couldn't be bothered to finish it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura Altom

    Entertaining! This story has an interesting premise that kept me engaged. I especially enjoyed the author’s clothing descriptions and the exotic locations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Most of the writing was pretty choppy, but I enjoyed the majority of the plot. Some of it was really boring, but I loved the moments between Julian and Alex, especially in the beginning!

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