For history and mystery fans: Why The Woman in the Green Dress is a wonderful Christmas gift

For history and mystery fans: Why The Woman in the Green Dress is a wonderful Christmas gift

Choosing which books to buy as gifts at Christmas can be tricky and with the silly season well underway, we’re here to recommend some great books for the special people in your life. Next, we’re recommending The Woman in the Green Dress.

In Tea Cooper’s latest novel, a woman’s inheritance leads to the discovery of a mysterious past with curious secrets that mostly swirl around the story of Australia’s first opal.

The Woman in the Green Dress is a captivating piece of historical fiction written by one of Australia’s most beloved authors. A multi-generational tale, this book is the perfect gift for readers who enjoy stories with multiple timeframes, storylines, and well-drawn characters. Set in Sydney in both the 1800’s and 1900’s, The Woman in the Green Dress captures the character and charm of the capital that has since changed drastically. Any readers who love Australian history, will love receiving this book for Christmas.

There’s suspense, mysteries and secrets, so this novel will also suit readers who love to problem solve as they read, or prowl through clues to predict outcomes. Of particular note are the two protagonists in The Woman in the Green Dress – Della and Fleur – both strong woman who have endured and overcome many hardships. For readers in your life who appreciate strong female leads in their books (especially written by Australian women), then this book is a guaranteed great holiday read.

About the Author:

Tea is an award winning Australian author of 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.

She is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Horse Thief, The Cedar Cutter, The Currency Lass and The Naturalist’s Daughter. Her latest book, The Woman in the Green Dress, releases at the end of 2018, followed by The Girl in the Painting in 2019.

Read our review of The Woman in the Green Dress here, or purchase a copy here.

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                      Synopsis

                      For readers who loved Remarkable Creatures, The Naturalist's Daughter and The Birdman's Wife comes The Woman in the Green Dress1853 Mogo Creek, NSWDella Atterton, bereft at the loss of her parents, is holed up in the place she loves best: the beautiful Hawkesbury in New South Wales. Happiest following the trade her father taught her, taxidermy, Della has no wish to return to Sydney. But the unexpected arrival of Captain Stefan von Richter on a quest to retrieve what could be Australia's first opal, precipitates Della's return to Sydney and her Curio Shop of Wonders, where she discovers her enigmatic aunt, Cordelia, is selling more than curiosities to collectors. Strange things are afoot and Della, a fly in a spider's web, is caught up in events with unimaginable consequences…1919 Sydney, NSWWhen London teashop waitress Fleur Richards inherits land and wealth in Australia from her husband, Hugh, killed in the war, she wants nothing to do with it. After all, accepting it will mean Hugh really is dead. But Hugh's lawyer is insistent, and so she finds herself ensconced in the Berkeley Hotel on Bent St, Sydney, the reluctant owner of a Hawkesbury property and an old curio shop, now desolate and boarded up.As the real story of her inheritance unravels, Fleur finds herself in the company of a damaged returned soldier Kip, holding a thread that takes her deep into the past, a thread that could unravel a mystery surrounding an opal and a woman in a green dress; a green that is the colour of envy, the colour buried deep within an opal, the colour of poison…
                      Tea Cooper
                      About the author

                      Tea Cooper

                      Tea Cooper lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland, just outside the time-warp village of Wollombi, NSW Australia. When she isn't writing, Tea can be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration.

                      Books by Tea Cooper

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