The first book I read by Dinah Jefferies was The Tea Planter’s Wife (read my review here) which was set in what is now Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in the 1920s and told the story of a young Englishwoman who married a plantation owner and moved to Ceylon to live with him.
I found the plot of Before The Rains, Jefferies’ new book, to be a bit less surprising and engaging than that of The Tea Planter’s Wife, which had a major twist that I absolutely did not see coming. I also felt like the central character of The Tea Planter’s Wife was more rounded and complex than the main character in Before The Rains. I think in general Before The Rains felt less multi-dimensional than The Tea Planter’s Wife, which is why I gave Before The Rains 4 stars instead of 5.
However, Before The Rains was still a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me staying up past 2AM to finish it all in one sitting. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, I think this is a great one to add to your TBR, but I would read The Tea Planter’s Wife first.