It's Time to Meet Dela
The Woman in the Green Dress
The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper was quite enjoyable. I loved the dual timeline and was interested in reading a historical fiction set in WWI. Because of the dual timeline, there are two main characters. WWI Fleur and 1850s Della. I chose to focus on Della because I connected more with her character. Although I understood some of Fleur's angst, much of it felt overboard for me, making it difficult to form a bond.
Della, on the other hand, I loved. She is spirited. She is her own person. She works to understand the land she lives on and those native to the land - despite all the pressure to conform to society standards.
Just as importantly, I learned a lot about Australia, the native people, and the flora and fauna - but in a way that felt natural and not at all like a textbook. Finally, I learned why we have the saying, "Dressed to kill." (It has something to do with the color green!)
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. If you read it (or have read it), let me know what you think!
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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