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Bamboo Island

(The Planter's Wife)
(The second book in the Bamboo Heart series)
A novel by


From award-winning author Ann Bennett comes a haunting and powerful novel of love and loss during World War 2 Malaya.

'A vivid account of a brutal period, and a searing exploration of trauma, memory and loss..' The Lady Magazine.

1938: Juliet and her sister Rose arrive in Penang to stay with an aunt, after the death of their father. Juliet quickly falls under the spell of Gavin Crosby, a plantation owner, who despite his wealth, charm and good looks is shunned by the local community. Rushed into marriage, Juliet is unprepared for the devastating secrets she uncovers on Gavin’s plantation, and the bad blood between Gavin and his brother…

But in 1941 the Japanese occupy Malaya and Singapore sweeping away that world and changing Juliet’s life forever.

For decades after the war which robbed her of everyone she loved, Juliet lives as a recluse back on the plantation. But in 1962 the sudden appearance of Mary, a young woman from an orphanage in Indonesia, forces Juliet to embark on a journey into the past, and to face up to the heart-breaking truths she’s buried for so long.

The Planter's Wife was previously published as Bamboo Island

Praise for The Planter's Wife..

‘This was a story of love, passion and cruelty I could not put down … I needed to discover Juliet's secrets.’ Lizeanne Lloyd - Lost in a Good Book

‘I raced through this book in just over twenty-four hours … I literally could not put it down. I connected and sympathised with Juliet as a character so much… and I was constantly on edge whilst reading it, desperate to find out more about her past.’ Bibliobeth – Goodreads.

‘I really loved this haunting, powerful and beautiful novel.’ Amazon Reviewer

Genre: Historical

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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback

Title: The Planter's Wife (Echoes of Empire: A collection of standalone novels set in the Far East during WWII)
Author(s): Ann Bennett
ISBN: 1-69902-940-7 / 978-1-69902-940-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

March 2016 : Paperback

Title: Bamboo Island: 2
Author(s): Ann Bennett
ISBN: 9814625175 / 978-9814625173
Publisher: Monsoon Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Planter's Wife (Echoes of Empire: A collection of standalone novels set in the Far East during WWII)
Author(s): Ann Bennett
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU