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  • By: Tea Cooper
  • Narrated by: Annabelle Tudor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The Talented Mrs Greenway

By: Tea Cooper
Narrated by: Annabelle Tudor
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From a bestselling Australian author, this compellingly realised novel brings to life the story of an enigmatic figure, wife to feted colonial architect Francis Greenway, and asks, whose hand really shaped Sydney? Who is the talented Mrs Greenway?

1814 Sydney When Mary Greenway, freshly arrived from the old country, steps into the maelstrom of Sydney Town with three children at her skirts, she has high hopes of a new beginning, despite having little money and a husband in irons. After all, the sudden death of her sadistic first husband has meant freedom from her gilded cage and Francis Greenway is an architect of some promise, under the protection of Admiral Phillip himself.

Mary herself is a woman of great resources and an even greater creative passion, a passion that will surely burn through anything that the filthy, burgeoning, vitality of colonial Sydney can throw at her. Soon ensconced in a tiny cottage in George Street, Mary sets about moulding a life for her family from the unpromising clay of this new colony, with a determination fired in equal parts by guilt for her disastrous past action that nearly brought ruin to them all and desire to see her true calling realised.

When she is befriended by Elizabeth Macquarie it seems that fate is smiling on them with the promise of a better life in her grasp. But fate is a difficult mistress and with past secrets to keep, and current betrayals on the brink of discovery, the stakes are higher than ever. With Mary's grip on this new life slipping, will her past lies come back to haunt her?

©2023 Tea Cooper (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another great fictional history

Love the possibility of women being the main contributor to famous men’s success instead of being a forgotten entity. I really enjoyed Mary’s tale and the potential story behind Sydney early architect. Throughout the story references to different buildings, places make it all potentially real, in your mind, visually see yourself in these places. Coincidentally in 2017, my husband and I travelled England and actually stayed at Thornbury Castle! That reference was very exciting to me.

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Talented Mrs Greenway!

Fabulous! Couldn’t stop listening! Highly recommend this wonderful novel of an incredible woman that always found the best in every situation!

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What a wonderful story

Such a great fictional historic story that Tea Cooper has bought to life.
The characters in the book hold your interest and had me googling the history behind them.
Well written and I couldn’t stop listening (audio book).

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Historical delight

Another great story to enjoy by Tea Cooper. Well worth the wait. Really enjoyed the historical story and character development.

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Another stunning novel by Tea Cooper

Thank you for giving the Talented Mrs Greenaway a story of her own. I always enjoy how you interweave Australian history into your novels and bring the characters to life.. It always sends me on a path of discover into the landmarks you mention.

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