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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Matilda's Freedom (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tree Change (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Protea Boys (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lily's Leap (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forgotten Fragrance (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horse Thief (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jazz Baby / The House on Boundary Street (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cedar Cutter (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Currency Lass (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Naturalist's Daughter (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman in the Green Dress (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl in the Painting (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cartographer's Secret (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fossil Hunter (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Butterfly Collector (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talented Mrs Greenway (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Téa Cooper

An Australian author known for writing historical fiction mostly, Téa Cooper is well regarded for her sense of precision and accuracy. She’s also known for writing some romance titles too, as she’s a versatile writer with a lot to say, publishing creative and innovative novels. Many of these have reached an international audience of readers from around the world, becoming a household name for many readers. Her voice as a writer is very much her own, establishing a style that fully stands out from the rest, marking her as a writer with something to say.

With a strong gift for storytelling, Téa Cooper is an author who’s both compelling and highly entertaining in equal measure. This is something that’s worked in her favor over the years, as she’s crafted fiction that really is engaging on multiple different levels. From her cleverly designed narratives, to her expertly constructed characters that really stand out from the page; everything is managed with care and due diligence. Keeping the readers turning every step of the way too, her stories have an addictive quality that make them extremely difficult to put down.

Previously working as a journalist too, Cooper is known for her research, really lending her work a high-degree of authenticity. This has worked well for all of her historical novels, as they really give the reader an idea of what it was actually like in the past. Her characters also resonate regardless of the readers background, delivering the stories in a clear and straightforward style, whilst also containing a lot of depth too. There’s a lot more to come still, as Tea Cooper will carry on writing for many years to come, with a lot more planned upon the horizon.

Early and Personal Life

Born in the United Kingdom, Téa Cooper would grow up in Australia, nurturing a keen passion for both reading and writing from an early age. Attending boarding school, she would focus on her craft, writing numerous short-stories throughout the years, many of which were romances. This would see her develop her craft as an author, finding her own voice and style, creating exciting novels and fiction.

Escaping into a fantasy world through her writing, she would use it as a way to explore her wide and expansive imagination. Previously working as a journalist, a teacher, and a farmer, she would gain a wide range of experience prior to becoming a writer as well. Currently living in Australia, she continues writing historical mysteries to this very day, and she has a lot more follow yet.

Writing Career

The first book that Téa Cooper would publish was titled ‘Matilda’s Freedom,’ and it was initially brought out in 2013. This would be a stand-alone historical romance, as she wouldn’t really concentrate on writing series as such. She would later follow this up with the novel ‘Passionfruit and Poetry’ just one year later in 2014, and this would also be a romance story.

Mostly her novels have been historical and romance titles, sometimes combining the two, and sometimes setting them in a contemporary period. This has allowed her to adapt to a number of different styles over the years, making a name for herself as a writer with something to say. Winning numerous awards and nominations too, she’s a key member of many Australian writer’s guilds and societies, as she will continue to be a defining presence into the future.

Matilda’s Freedom

This would first be brought out through the ‘Escape Publishing’ imprint back in 2013 on the 1st of July to much acclaim. It would also be a stand-alone novel and the literary debut of Téa Cooper as an author, setting her up as a writer for the very first time. Operating as a historical romance novel, it would be set in Australia, with it using real-world settings in a historical time-period, with a fictional story.

It’s a well written romance that pays a lot of attention to detail, with it being a highly accurate portrayal of life at the time. The story works on a number of different levels, really bringing the world and the time-period to life, along with the characters. There’s also some interesting themes about class present throughout, reflecting the ideals of the time and what they meant in society as a whole.

Returning home after spending some time as a carefree bachelor, Christopher Matcham is back in Sydney as he will take responsibility of the family property, along with his two stepsisters and mother. Set in 1856 in Autumn, he then takes on Matilda Sweet, a woman of convict heritage and an upbeat disposition, as she will work and help on the property. Seen as a second-class citizen by the rest of the family, Matilda begins her work, as does Christopher, and romance seems a million miles away. Will it overcome them both in the end though? Can they overcome the class differences of the time? What will happen with Matilda’s freedom?

The Cartographer’s Secret

Originally published in 2020 on the 1st of November, this would first be brought out through the ‘HQ Fiction’ publishing label. As a stand-alone historical mystery, it has its own self-contained narrative that really carries the story along, making for a fun and engaging story. There’s a lot here for the reader to invest themselves in, as it’s definitely a book that’s difficult for the reader to put down.

Back in 1880, Evie Ludgrove loves nothing more than to map the surrounding area to her home in The Hunter Valley in Australia. It’s also the obsession her father had with the famous explorer Dr Ludwig Leichhardt that has overshadowed much of her life, which leads her to pursue a reward for the final resting place of the intrepid explorer. Later in 1911 Letitia Rawlings turns up at the family estate and it is here that she discovers the map of her aunt Evie, and realizes it may lead to where she ended up. Will she find the truth behind it all? Did Evie make the discovery she was looking for? Just what is the cartographer’s secret?

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2 Responses to “Tea Cooper”

  1. Frida: 1 year ago

    I’ve just read , ‘The Fossil Hunter’, also and thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is a pleasure to read an author who has done proper research into a subject then wound it into a character-building story filled with many emotions in appropriate places. I like a novel where I can gain knowledge from within the story. One particular instance here was learning of Mary Anning, who found dinosaur bones in Dorset, England, and realized their significance, and the Duria Antiquior, which illustrated her finds. So sad Mary only lived to 48.

  2. Audrey Dickinson: 2 years ago

    I’ve just finished reading The Dossil Hunter, which I really enjoyed. It was set in an area with which I am familiar, but had never heard of Bow Wow Forge. Neither had my elderly neighbour, who grew up in Wollomombi. I’ve just looked it up and found that Bow Wow is of significant scientific interest. I like reading historical fiction, which both informs and entertains. This one certainly does that. I’m now on the lookout for more of Tea’s books.


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