What I Loved:
I loved the location of this story. Every time I come across a story set in Australia, I find myself just succumbing to the lovely descriptions of the land and people. Tea Cooper did a fabulous job of placing the reader in the setting. It was written beautifully.
How I Felt:
The Woman in the Green Dress is told through two timelines. One in 1853, and one in 1919. I really enjoyed the perspective of the story from these two different times. I felt like the author did a fabulous job of transitioning between the two periods.
This story offers the reader two absolutely fabulous female main characters! We meet Fleur Richards in 1918. Her story takes her to Australia as she goes to claim her unexpected inheritance. I found her story to be incredibly interesting. I loved the mystery surrounding her plot.
We meet Della Atherton in 1853 as she searches for the first opal in Australia. She finds that she may be getting mixed up in things far greater than she could have imagined. Tea Cooper’s character creation is wonderful. Along with these two wonderful women, there was a great group of supporting characters that had interesting personalities and helped to build the story!
The plot was filled with mystery and romance, and I found it extremely exciting. There are so many questions to answer, and I couldn’t wait to find out what had happened/was happening! I did find this a bit slow to start, but a little way in, I was not able to put it down. So, if slow starts are hard for you, just stick with it! This one is worth it!
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and found the mystery to be really intriguing. I liked that this was told through two timelines, and felt it was the perfect way to tell it.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Woman in the Green Dress to readers that enjoy a historical fiction they can savor with an exciting mystery!
Where to Find This Book:
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A cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress emerge in the aftermath of World War I.
After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home country of Australia in search of the relatives who deserve it more.
In spite of her reluctance, she soon finds herself the sole owner of a remote farm and a dilapidated curio shop full of long-forgotten artifacts, remarkable preserved creatures, and a mystery that began more than sixty-five years ago. With the help of Kip, a repatriated soldier dealing with the sobering aftereffects of war, Fleur finds herself unable to resist pulling on the threads of the past. What she finds is a shocking story surrounding an opal and a woman in a green dress. . . a story that, nevertheless, offers hope and healing for the future.
This romantic mystery from award-winning Australian novelist Tea Cooper will keep readers guessing until the astonishing conclusion.
Just the Facts:
The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: June 16, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.