Wednesday, July 8, 2020

"The Green Dress" by Liz Tolsma -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  The Green Dress
Author: Liz Tolsma
Genre: Christian Historical Suspense
Release Date: June 2020
Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend
Book 6 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History
When Harriet Peters came to Boston in 1882, the Robinson family took her in like one of their own, and Harriet became closer to Lizzie Robinson than her own siblings. Now, four years later, Lizzie is deathly sick, failing quickly just like several others in her family have done over the past few years. How can so many in one family die from the same mysterious illness? Harriet doesn’t have answers, but she is determined to help the family, bringing in a new-to-the-neighborhood doctor, Michael Wheaton.
As Harriet and Michael close in on the answer, putting their own lives at risk, can the cause be found before anyone else dies?

My Thoughts
This is probably the first book in the True Colors series that I didn't research beforehand. It was very apparent to me right from the beginning what was happening. I found the book to be well written and had a nice pace. There was a biblical thread that wove through it. I was drawn into the story and didn't want to put the book down. Not having read about the case beforehand, I never knew what to expect and who was going to be a victim. I think that the author did a good job of showing the tense atmosphere that permeated the household. I look forward to reading more of Liz Tolsma's books and the last three books in the True Colors series.


About the Author

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.




More from Liz

We’ve all been there—started a letter or an email or even a list, didn’t like what we had, crossed it out or hit the delete button, and tried again. Now imagine that happening when you’re writing a novel.

That’s what occurred with The Green Dress. Finding the perfect place to start a novel can be tricky, but when you’re trying to balance fact with fiction, it’s even harder. I needed the fictional heroine, Harriet Peters, to have a good reason to come into contact with and become close to the factual Robinson family. And I needed for the hero, Michael Wheaton, to meet Harriet early on. So I dove into the story. Five chapters later, the hero and heroine hadn’t yet met. The book wasn’t working.

I scrapped those chapters and started at a different point. At first, it seemed to be going better. I was happy. Until I got to the fifth chapter, when I realized again that the book wasn’t working. Frankly, it was boring. So those ended up in the virtual trash bin. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking on my deadline. I was desperate to find the right starting point, at a place with high tension. Finally, I had an “aha” moment, and the story flowed from there. That’s how the first five chapters (and the rest of The Green Dress) came to be.

—Liz Tolsma

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, June 27
Genesis 5020, June 29
Emily Yager, June 29
Robin’s Nest, June 30
Bigreadersite, July 1
Betti Mace, July 3
Remembrancy, July 4
Vicky Sluiter, July 5
amandainpa, July 6
Hallie Reads, July 8
Artistic Nobody, July 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
"The Green Dress" is available in paperback
  • Series: True Colors
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (June 1, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1643524755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1643524757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches:


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 2485 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (June 1, 2020)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B081GJN448


I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

4 comments:

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a really good read.

Faith Creech said...

Thanks for your thoughts! Would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

BJM said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for sharing about your writing struggles.

BClub said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thank you once again.
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