We are delighted to announce that Dinah JefferiesThe Sapphire Widow, published today by Viking, is among the eight titles chosen for the new Richard and Judy Book Club summer promotion, run in association with W H Smith. This marks a welcome return to the book club for Dinah, whose second novel, The Tea Planter’s Wife, was also selected in 2015

Commenting on the new collection of books, which features a range of titles including Lee Child’s 22nd Jack Reacher novel, The Midnight Line, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Erin Kelly’s He Said, She Said and Susie Steiner’s Persons Unknown, Finnigan said: “Yet again, Richard and I are both astounded by the broad range of talented authors – it truly was a difficult task to select only eight titles for this latest selection. It is a fantastic and varied collection of books to enjoy, and we have loved every moment spent selecting these captivating novels.”

Husband-and-wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan started the book club on their television chat show on Channel 4 and later on digital online channel Watch, before teaming up to run it with W H Smith in 2010. Publishers are providing special editions of the chosen books with book club discussion points, author Q+As and recommended reads. W H Smith is also hosting a series of podcasts to give insights into the authors and their writing processes.

The Sapphire Widow is a sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal, set in Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child.

While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot’s shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to…

Congratulations, Dinah!