Review: The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

Let’s just start by pointing out the obvious here—-this cover is gorgeous! And then I read the summary and couldn’t wait to dive in! A cursed gemstone set in WWI, sign me up is exactly what I said! Ok if I am being honest, I stopped reading the summary after ‘cursed opal’ because I was already sold on this book!

I haven’t read anything else by Tea Cooper but I know that she has written a ton of books, many of which sound interesting and fun so I felt confident giving this one a shot.

Especially given that this book promised romance, mystery, and intrigue. All the things I love in historical fiction. Not to mention I couldn’t stop staring at the cover of this book!

Summary

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. (summary from Goodreads)

Review

Sigh, what did I just read? This was a wonderful novel. I read it in only a couple of sittings because I was captivated! This would be a great read for book clubs as there is a lot to discuss and think over. It was a great read and I am so glad I discovered this new to me author!

The only thing that I was a little disappointed by was I thought there would be a little more romance than what was actually given in this book but at the end of the day it didn’t really matter because I found the other plots (mystery etc) compelling and interesting.

I love duel timeline stories and this book executed that plot device really well and I found myself equally invested in both timeline and characters. I especially loved Fleur’s story though. She is a great character, full of life and color!

This book is always well researched and I loved learning about new things like opal mining and taxidermy. This author is an Australian writer and I loved learning about that part of the world especially during that time period. It was interesting and I felt like I was reading something new and refreshing simply from the setting alone but the author takes it to the next level and invites readers into Australian history with exciting characters and a mesmerizing plot.

I can’t wait to read more books by this author and am thrilled to recommend this book to all my family and friends! A great read especially if you love historical fiction! I was entirely swept away!

Book Info and Rating

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 17th 2018)
ISBN 0785235124 (ISBN13: 9780785235125)
Free review copy provided by publisher, Thomas Nelson in partnership with HFVBT, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: historical fiction

About the Author

Téa Cooper is an award-winning, bestselling author of Australian historical 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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Blog Tour Schedule

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Review at Bitch Bookshelf

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Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
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Thursday, June 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, June 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
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Saturday, June 20
Feature at What Is That Book About

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Review at Captivated Pages
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Interview at Let Them Read Books

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Review at 100 Pages a Day

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Review at View from the Birdhouse
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Saturday, June 27
Review at A Darn Good Read

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Review at Rejoice in Reading

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Feature at I’m All About Books
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Tuesday, June 30
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 paperback copies of The Woman in the Green Dress! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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