Author: Tea Cooper
Publication Date: 17th December 2018
Publisher: HQ Fiction
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
The Woman in the Green Dress is the hotly anticipated new historical release by Tea Cooper. I read The Naturalist’s Daughter this time last year, and we featured it as a much loved book club title. It was the first of Cooper’s books for me but it won’t be the last.
The Woman in the Green Dress takes us back to NSW in a time long past. We have dual timelines but they are both long past.
A story of two bereft women with stories that will somehow entwine through involvement with a property on the Hawkesbury.
1853 Mogo Creek, NSW
Della 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, NSW
When 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…
Now I am even more excited to read the story and I can’t wait until it makes it to the top of the list.
The Woman in the Green Dress is published by Harlequin and is available now through Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.