- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - AU (17 December 2018)
- ISBN-10: 148927071X
- ISBN-13: 978-1489270719
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Tea Cooper is an established author of contemporary and historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, journalist and farmer.
These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.
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In 1918 in London, just after Armistice Day, Fleur Richards learns that she has been widowed. Her Australian husband, Hugh Richards, has left her wealthy. Fleur cannot believe that Hugh is dead and wants nothing to do with his estate. But she is persuaded to travel to Australia to sort out Hugh’s affairs.
In 1919, Fleur finds herself at the Berkeley Hotel in Sydney. She and Hugh were not married for long before his death, and she is keen to learn as much about him as she can. Fleur finds that amongst the property she has apparently inherited is land at a place called Mogo Creek and an old curio shop in Hunter Street, Sydney. Fleur had walked past the shop and had noticed that it was boarded up.
Fleur’s quest for information takes her to the Hawkesbury where she finds more questions than answers. She also explores the curio shop premises, with the assistance of Kip, a young returned soldier who works for the Sydney lawyers handling Hugh’s estate. Who was Hugh? What is the mystery behind the curio shop, and where does Stefan von Richter and his quest fit into the story? As the story unfolds, new questions arise. Fleur’s inheritance is not straightforward, but she has the strength to deal with it. And the green dress? That’s part of the mystery that Fleur will solve in a very satisfying way.
This is the second of Ms Cooper’s novels I have read and loved: count me as a fan. In an historical note at the end of the novel Ms Cooper writes that ‘The Woman in the Green Dress is a work of fiction, however in some cases fact has
fed fiction.’ Fascinating.
Highly recommended to lovers of historical fiction set in Australia.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and HQ Fiction for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Tea Cooper interweaves these two time lines perfectly, and, just when we thinks we are going to have the answers to some questions more seem to arise. What kind of business is Cordelia really running from Della's shop? Who was Hugh really? And most pressing of all, where is the opal? I found myself unable to put this book down, having to know the answers, which are revealed in a most satisfying way at the end. Recommended for all lovers of Historical and Australian Fiction.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.