A few weeks ago on the Because Fiction Podcast, I discussed the True Colors Crime Series from Barbour Publishing. If you want to listen to what I had to say about it on there, I embeded the player below, and it starts at about 25:48. The blog post is HERE.
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3 Top Reasons I Absolutely Loved The Green Dress
Whew. This won’t be easy. But I’m going to do it. So here goes.
1. Nail-biting suspense.
Seriously, she nailed the pacing of The Green Dress. I really think Liz’s best work comes in suspense, and you see it in certain parts of her WWII books and in these true crime novels. This one, in particular, is her best work yet. I was so impressed and so eager to turn that page, that I read it… FAST. And then some sections I reread again right away. One of the biggest strengths of the suspense in this book is that you know what’s coming. You know every bit of it. This is suspense, not mystery. You know who did what and how (although she doesn’t come right out and say it) and that gut-knowing is what keeps you riveted and screaming, “No! Don’t! NO!!!”
2. Multi-layered plot
Don’t mistake the simplicity of this story for it being simplisTIC. It is not. Instead, Liz layered the story at perfect intervals so that instead of knowing all and just seeing it unfold, you know what you know… and then learn some more, that reinforces what you knew and tells you what you’ll discover next. As simple as it is (bad guy hurts people for selfish gain), it is also deeply complex.
3. Romance that didn’t make me squirm.
Okay, so Liz is much more effusive in her romance than I will ever be. It seriously takes everything out of me to do romance, while she has characters who dance across the page with declarations of love worthy of Rogers and Hammerstein. And her readers love it. So, seeing the quiet reserve she gives the romance in this book (remember, compared to her others!) made the story richer for me. This fit the characters. What might have felt “over the top” in other books just feels reasonable and normal in this book. She kept it for situations it felt realistic and understandable.
Bonus reason that I loved The Green Dress? Because she nailed one theological issue that usually I want to throw the book when I see. YAY LIZ!
Barbour gave me an advance reading copy. I chose to review it and am so very glad I did.
The Green Dress is on tour with Celebrate Lit
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?
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.
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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.
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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.