14 August 2020

The Woman in the Green Dress | Book Review


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.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 16, 2020


Upon learning of her new husband’s death, Fleur Richards heads to Australia with questions about his inheritance and a desire to know him better (after all, a whirlwind, wartime romance did not give them more than a handful of days together). Of course, nothing seems to go as easily as hoped, and she ends up with a bit of a mystery on her hands.

As Fleur sorts through her husband’s inheritance and family history to figure out the truth, Tea Cooper’s The Woman in the Green Dress proves to be a delightful read. I do not often read historical stories set in Australia, so the setting was a treat to experience. Add to that intriguing characters, surprising revelations, and a touch of romance, and I could not help enjoying it from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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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