Thursday, July 2, 2020

Review: The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

About the book:
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.
My rating:
3.5
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My thoughts:

The Woman In The Green Dress was such a unique read. I wasn't expecting the two timelines and so I was a little confused at first, but once I got used to the alternating stories, I found it intriguing.

The mystery was fascinating, and even creepy at times (mainly near the end, lol). I was hooked in trying to figure things out and really liked how it ended. There was a certain aspect that I didn't care for, as it seemed unrealistic, but I can understand why it was in the story.

All in all, The Woman In The Green Dress was a good read and one that I'm sure historical lovers will enjoy. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Revisiting an old TTT post...


Today's topic: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it 

I decided to go all the way back to July 12th, 2011 and the FIRST Top Ten Tuesday post I did. It was hosted by Jen at The Broke and The Bookish then and the topic was Authors You'd Die to Meet which I changed to Top Ten Favorite Authors. You can see my original post/list here: http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-authors.html

It's crazy how in 9 years (!) so much can change and yet in other ways things are the same. There are a couple authors I wouldn't consider favorites anymore and others that moved higher up the list.

Here is my new, updated list (not completely in order) of my Top Ten Favorite Authors:

1. Steven James | Author of my favorite series ever (The Patrick Bowers Files) and his other fiction books are amazing as well. I've read them all and whenever he has a new book coming out, it immediately goes on my must-read list.


2. Becky Wade | I credit her books as part of the reason that I grew to love contemporary romance. She writes such great stories and I always anticipate her new releases! 

3. Dani Pettrey | I remember well reading Submerged (Pettrey's debut) and it was even the first book discussion I ever hosted here (link). The characters were exactly what you hope for in a story and the suspense had me guessing until the end. That book started my love of her books and now I'm a true fan. :)
 
4. Denise Hunter | Denise Hunter's stories are some of my favorite contemporaries. Her recent release is already a favorite of 2020.


5. Susan May Warren | Honestly, I can't believe I didn't have her on my list in 2011...maybe because I had only read her PJ Sugar and Team Hope series then (pre-blog). Since then I've read 30 or so more of her books and they've pretty much all been amazing. :D

6. Laura Frantz | I hadn't even read a Laura Frantz book when I first did this topic...it wasn't until two weeks later or so that I finished The Colonel's Lady and that book is still a favorite today. Then the next year, I read Love's Reckoning, which took me through SO many emotions and also went on my favorites' shelf. Suffice it to say, I love Frantz's books and I've read all of them except The Frontiersman's Daughter.

7. Stacy Henrie | I've read most of Henrie's books and loved nearly all of them. She writes such amazing historical romances with characters that make you feel like they are real. I can't wait to read the few books I haven't yet.


8. Roseanna M. White | White has written some of my favorite historical series. Her Culper Ring series was the first one I read and so unbelievably good.


9. Karen Witemeyer | Witemeyer's books are always such fun historicals! I still have two older stories to read (Head in the Clouds and To Win Her Heart) and her most recent release; but, I've thoroughly enjoyed all the ones that I have read.

10. Colleen Coble | Coble is still one of my favorite suspense authors. Her latest release ended with such a cliffhanger that I am needing the next book now. LOL

What are some of YOUR favorite authors??



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