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.
Tea Cooper is an Australian writer who has a number of titles under her belt, but The Woman in the Green Dress is the first novel published by her from Thomas Nelson Publishing. As most American readers are not familiar with the Australian landscape, Cooper had to describe a lot of scenery for us to image where Della and Fleur interacted with. She did a good job. I loved hanging out in the Curio Shop. I wanted to see more and more of that shop from the past and 1919. The story is a time-slip novel, but both story lines actually take place in the past. 1853 and 1919 are the two time frames. The plot is interesting and different. It isn't like anything I had ever read before. Definitely kept my attention. There really isn't a lot of romance in either time period. It is more about solving the mystery for Fleur and coming to reality with her life for Della. Overall, Tea Cooper crafted a delightful historical story that invites readers down under but captures their attention with the mystery. Fans of Karen Witemeyer and Melissa Jaguers might enjoy this novel too.
I received a complimentary copy of The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Tea Cooper is an Australian author of historical and contemporary fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.
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