Thursday, June 25, 2020

Book review with a giveaway: The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma

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?

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My Review

Even though they are about crime, I have enjoyed the books in the True Colors series, and The Green Dress is a great addition to the series.

Dr. Michael Wheaton was a caring, skilled doctor, and a devoted Christian, but he continued to have issues with self-doubt because of a difficult childhood and unrealistic expectations he put upon himself.  

Harriet Peters was a kind, devoted, hardworking, and loyal young lady.  Although she had just recently become independent, living over her millinery shop, she was still devoted to the Robinson family.  On her friend Lizzie's deathbed, Harriet promised to take care of the younger Robinson children.  She honored that promise, even when her own well-being was in jeopardy.

Some things I especially appreciated about this book- Rightfully so, Harriet had to wrestle with her own mortality and what would happen to her upon her death.  Once she was sure of her salvation, she was able to be a comfort to others dealing with the same fear.  Also, she had to get used to hearing God's voice.  

What was amazing to me was that Harriet at first was compelled to stay with the Robinsons out of duty to her promise to Lizzie, and devotion to the family.  But then, it was obvious that she was being controlled by fear.

This book was creepy, especially as one reads the author's notes about the real-life criminal.  The suspense seemed mainly about who would be the next to die, and how they could procure enough evidence for the police to take the threat seriously.  I thought that the perpetrator was fairly obvious, though.  I enjoyed it and recommend it to historical fiction fans, and romance readers.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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

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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.


  1. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

  2. The book sounds very intriguing.

  3. Thanks for the great review! I appreciate it!

  4. I'm enjoying this series! I'm looking forward to reading The Green Dress.