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Reviewed in Australia on 17 December 2018
What a wonderful book with a marvellous sense of time and place. 'The Woman In The Green Dress' is set in two timelines in Sydney and the Hawkesbury region. The first is set in 1853, where Della works out of the Hawkesbury property as a taxidermist, while her Aunt Cordelia runs her curio shop in Sydney. However, the arrival of an Austrian Captain in the Hawkesbury brings to light some potentially nasty goings on in the Sydney store, so Della returns with the Captain to Sydney to determine the truth. The second timeline is set in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Fleur is a young English war widow, her Australian husband Hugh not coming back from France, and she finds herself heading to Australia to unravel his affairs.
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.
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