The Tea Planter's Lass by Janet Macleod Trotter
This is a gripping and heartrending novel set against the backdrop of the thriving tea trade in turn-of-the-century Tyneside 1905, India. Clarissa Belhaven and her sister Olive have grown up on their widowed father's tea plantation. When he dies after a row with brash young business rival Wesley Robson, the sisters are forced to return to their father's family in Tyneside. Clarissa is shocked by the hard lives of the locals, and dreams of opening her own tea room which could be a safe haven for them. Then Wesley Robson comes back into her life, bringing with him the power to change Clarissa's life for ever!