George and Sabine Harwood moved to Trinidad from London, England shortly after they were married. As soon as they came to the island, George has been in a love affair with it. Between the heat and humidity amongst other things, there has been one love for Sabine that keeps her there – Eric Williams. In the beginning, she used to write letters to him, but never sent them. They lay in boxes up in the attic until George comes across them while researching facts for an article he is writing for the local newspaper.
He is furious, but George has his own skeletons in the closet himself.
Between the moment they arrive on the island to the present with George helping a native man with his own problems with the corrupt police department. George’s secrets that he is keeping from Sabine over the decades they have been there have haunted him.
He realizes that he must tell Sabine (he doesn’t know she knows all about them already) about all of his indiscretions, before something else happens. He needs to be able to tell her about the undying love that he has for her since the time he married her and put up with him.
From George finding Sabines letters in the attic one night to the violence and desperation of a country which is in turmoil, can he do it and find some sort of peace before it is too late?
As both of their stories are told, you can tell they do love one another and will continue to do so. It is about the jealousies that both have for each others secrets, things they should have done and said to one another throughout their marriage. Not only to each other but to their friends and family.
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction on the UK.
A special thanks to Ally at Simon and Schuster UK for sending me this gem of a book.