THE TEA GARDENS – Fiona McIntosh

Set between the wars and in the dying days of the Raj, The Tea Gardens will take readers on an unforgettable adventure from UK seaside town of Brighton to India’s slums of Calcutta and the breath-taking Himalayan Mountains. Dr Isla Fenwick has a life that most modern women of 1933 might envy – her career gives her status, her pedigree adds freedom, and she is to be married to her oldest crush, the eligible Jovian Mandeville. First, however, Isla is determined to follow in the footsteps of her late mother and work at the coalface of medicine in India. To head up a midwifery clinic in a local hospital diving into the gruelling world of the hospital to the point of exhaustion in a culture she doesn’t fully understand, Isla will find her time in India tests her beliefs, her professionalism and much more.