1886 Boston. Harriet Peters, a young, hat shop owner is devastated when her best friend Lizzie Robinson, dies shortly after a brief, but vicious bout of excruciating stomach pain. This seemingly contagious, mystery disease, took the lives of other members of Lizzie’s family not long before Lizzie became ill. The deaths leave the Robinsons reeling in grief.
Convinced by Lizzie’s mother that the family cannot do without her, the grieving Harriet is apprehensive about losing her independence and is determined to continue her shop orders but agrees to move in to help care for the young children left at the Robinson home.
New-to-town doctor, Michael Wheaton, is present at Lizzie’s bedside and is shaken by how ill she was before perishing. Wondering how a perfectly healthy young person can become deathly sick in such a short time, Michael’s suspicions grow, and he begins investigating.
As Harriet and Michael’s friendship blooms, Michael begins to care for her deeply and worries for her safety. Harriet’s trust in Michael grows and she begins to develop strong feelings for him. Will they survive if what Michael suspects is true?
The Green Dress is a superbly written historical fiction, based on true events. It threads fiction, history, crime, and faith, seamlessly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this history of true crime and highly recommend it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, for the read of Liz Tolma’s, The Green Dress.
Opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.