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Tea Cooper writes Australian contemporary and historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.
Téa always knew one day she would write a novel. It all began with a rather risqué story in the back of an exercise book at boarding school featuring the long suffering gardener- not really the ideal romantic hero but it was before she knew any better.
Life and a few real heroes showed her the error of her ways and with a husband, a baby tucked under one arm and a half built house she entered a Mills and Boon writing competition. To her earth shattering amazement she won second place - the prize was a bottle of perfume. Next time she was determined to do better.
Writing remained the stuff of fantasy. Her family, a herd of alpacas, a protea farm and a full time teaching job intervened until one day she decided it was time to do or die. No more procrastination. The characters and plots that had lived in her head for so long were clamouring to escape.
In August 2011 Tea joined Romance Writers of Australia and her debut novel Tree Change was published in November 2012. She has since written several other Australian rural stories both contemporary and historical. Her historical novels are published by by Harper Collins HQ Fiction, MIRA and Escape Publishing.
Tea is also a member of Hunter Romance Writers, the Australian Romance Readers Association and Wollombi's Pencil Orchids.

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Female
New South Wales
Authors Book Genres
Historical Fiction, Romance, Rural Romance
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Author's Books
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1808 Agnes Banks, NSW: Rose Winton wants nothing more than to work with her father, eminent naturalist Charles Winton, on his groundbreaking study of the platypus. When Charles is unable to make the long sea journey to present his findings to the prestigious Royal Society in England, Rose must venture forth in his stead. What she discovers there will change the lives of future generations.
1908 Sydney, NSW: Tamsin Alleyn has been given a mission: travel to the Hunter Valley and retrieve an old sketchbook of debatable value. But when she gets there, she finds there is more to the book than meets the eye, and more than one interested party. Shaw Everdene, a young antiquarian bookseller and lawyer, seems to have his own agenda when it comes to the book.

"An engrossing narrative --- Fabulous"
Peter FitzSimons.
Best selling Australian Author.

I found so many elements to like in this book- from romance to science and in between a love of old books and uncovering of old family secrets. That’s a huge pile of some of my favourite things. Not to mention that abusive men finally got destroyed and young women finally got their rights.
Of course it is a bit contrived that the girl doing the research turns out to be the heir, but even that matches the historic setting- they liked their stories that way in earlier times. (Think Dickens)
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Jeanette - Amazon

There were unexpected twists revealed in a dual timeline story, portrayed between two female protagonists. The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper was a great story, that was well worth the read. A cleverly put together story that made for an intriguing read.

Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley
Talking Books - Top 500 reviewer.

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Historical Fiction, Romance, Rural Romance

As her father's only heir, Catherine Cottingham expects to inherit their sprawling property in the Hunter Valley. What she doesn't understand is why her father is trying to push her into a marriage to the pompous and repulsive Sydney businessman Henry W. Bartholomew. When the will is read it becomes clear money, or the lack of it, lay behind her father's plans. Catherine is mortified - as a married woman all her possessions will pass to her husband, the overbearing Bartholomew. She must elude him until her 21st birthday and inherit the property in her own right.

Wonderful Australian Historical.

Another wonderful Australian Historical from Tea Cooper set in and around her home of Wollombi. The characters are captivating and the geography and social rules authentically portrayed. Tea Cooper has set the story in the days of the gold rushes and portrays vividly the gold mania which created either ghost towns or thriving gold towns within days of a gold find. I thoroughly recommend this book.
Wordfrenzy - Amazon

Cooper has crafted quite a rich and detailed book that blends together facts about Australia in the 19th century as well as fictional characters and elements. The reader is treated to a well-constructed and believable story that is brimming with interesting, believable and well-formed characters. The Currency Lass is ultimately an epic slice of Australian, historic fiction and one that proves to be worth its weight in gold.
Natalie S - Top 500 Reviewer

'Tea Cooper is a force to be reckoned with in the Australian historical fiction genre. I was first introduced to Tea’s work when I read The Horse Thief in 2015. Since then, I have also enjoyed The Cedar Cutter, which was also released by Tea Cooper last year. Cooper astounds me with her ability to weave compelling fictional narratives, around highly interesting historical events in Australia’s past.
A tale of greed, fraud, betrayal, love, friendship, freedom and finding your niche in life.
Mrs. B's Book Reviews.

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When India Kilhampton is caught up in the excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.

Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up the position. Jim however has a mission: he must fulfill his father’s dying wish to right past wrongs and prove his ownership of his prized stallion Jefferson.

Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface.

Will India save Jim before he is branded a horse thief and sentenced to death?

“…an exquisitely written historical fiction novel which is set in the beautiful countryside of the Hunter Valley in NSW. Wonderfully descriptive…Mystery, intrigue and tangled emotions mix with determination and loyalty. I thoroughly enjoyed The Horse Thief and have no hesitation in recommending it highly.”

Brenda Telford – The Reviewers November, 2015

“An intriguing read that had a hornet’s nest of activity… the descriptives of Jefferson were awesome and his part in the story was a highlight… lots of emotional elements throughout the read that this reader relished. Author Téa Cooper writes such stunning characters in many of her novels and The Horse Thief held its own for a potent read. Strong characters, a stunning backdrop and fabulous story combined for a great read.”
Talking Books Blog November, 2015

“Téa Cooper has crafted a wonderfully vivid, believable and fascinating tale in The Horse Thief. Téa, you know if you keep writing them, I will keep reading them.”
My Written Romance November, 2015

Author's Books
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Only one woman can confirm his innocence, and release him from the torments of his past.

Determined to throw off the shackles of her convict past, Charlotte Oliver accepts her employer’s marriage proposal, even though she does not love him, and together they board a refitted whaling schooner bound for Sydney to begin their new life.

But life has a way of disrupting plans, and during the voyage the Zephyrus undergoes a mutiny. Captain Christian Charity loses his ship, but he also risks losing so much more. Charlotte has, in her possession, a tiny blue bottle and an Angel coin. On their own, they mean nothing more than a keepsake, but to Christian, they could mean everything – a past remade and a future with love.

"I’ve adored Téa’s other Oz-toricals, and I’m happy to report that Forgotten Fragrance is another winner."
My Written Romance
Tea Cooper knows how to draw you into a story and keep you there. This is a must read...a whiff of something delightful...the characters are distinct and many-faceted, the writing strong and compelling.

#1 Amazon Australia Historical Romance

5 STARS
Don't you love to hear about two people who find each other again after many years apart. The two in this story have never forgotten the other? And a coin worn around a beloved neck is the key to remembrance. An excellent historical read!!
Sr. Crystal Mary Linsey.
Top 500 Reviewer

This story has non-stop action from beginning to end with all aspects of shipboard life impeccably researched and rendered in vivid detail. The author’s description of the brutal and bloody keel-hauling of the Captain was brilliant and captured the barbaric Dutch tradition of punishment so keenly, I had a visceral reaction while reading. Not only was the nasty Marcus easy to hate but there was also the powerful presence of the First Mate, Henk, who was the consummate villain. As usual Téa Cooper has delivered with another wonderful historical romance. Not to be missed.
Wordfrenzy - Amazon

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Born into the rough, but still privileged society of the Australian colonial landowners, Lilibeth Dungarven finds herself married, widowed, and, much to her distress, back under her father's thumb, all before her twenty–first birthday. Determined not to forgo her dream of breeding the perfect racehorse, Lilibeth ignores propriety and sets out to restore the family's flagging fortunes.

When Captain Tom and his mismatched band of bushrangers stumble across a mob of the best horses they've ever seen, and the daughter of the famed Dungarven horse stud, they know their fortunes have changed. Their catch is worth a king's ransom. All they have to do is hold the daughter for seven days. How hard can it be to control the pampered daughter of a colonial upstart?

Slide into this delicious story, a well written book by a talented writer. Since I doubt I’ll be visiting Australia (although I would like to), it was a treat to feel like I was there, herding horses to market across the Australian Outback. The landscape is a character in this exciting romance; playing a pivotal role in Lily’s adventure. And did Lily leap? Too right she did, and it was a magnificent scene!
'There is a great sense of adventure throughout Lily's Leap The romantic and sexual tension was beautifully done' — My Written Romance

'Strong, bewitching characters that...will have you engrossed in the pages!' — Talking Books Blog
'A great read and recommended to anyone who loves Australian historicals.' — A Reader's Haven

#1 Western Romance Amazon Australia
#1 Historical Romance Amazon Australia
iTunes Top 100 Historical Romance Australia and New Zealand
iTunes Top 100 Western Romance Australia and New Zealand​

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An unconventional woman clashes with colonial society in this spicy and sweet Australian-set historical romance.
His carefree bachelor days over, Christopher Matcham returns to Sydney to take responsibility for his mother, two stepsisters, and the family property. Fortune smiles on him when he is introduced to Matilda Sweet, a woman in need of work. Though unusual, Christopher senses that her fresh ideals and positive outlook can only benefit his sisters, so he hires her as a companion.
By the time they arrive at Christopher’s family home, the two are fast friends. But Matilda’s unorthodox ways and her convict heritage make her a second class citizen to the family. Christopher has responsibilities, and they include an advantageous match. A breeches-wearing, fish-pond-swimming, plain-talking convict’s daughter will never figure in. After all, romance is a luxury the upper classes cannot afford…

'No matter the atmosphere, no matter the state of mind, no matter the situation, Téa Cooper's work will always make me feel happy, content and will always fill my heart with blissful enjoyment.' — The Literary Connoisseur

This story is filled with colourful, three dimensional characters who draw the reader into their roller coaster emotions and complex responses. Even secondary characters like the silent and taciturn Aborigine, Jem are intriguing. The setting is so vividly described you know the author has personally wandered this bushland, travelled the roads and crossed the rivers depicted in her novel. A wonderful, rollicking tale and in keeping with everything else I have read from Tea Cooper.
Wordfrenzy - Amazon

Americans in general aren't taught much about Australia, especially its history. I found this book both charming and enlightening. Both countries were settled by strong, determined pioneers, many of whom fled the Old Country, freely or forcibly, seeking a new start. While many didn't make it, those who did, became the foundation of brand new nations who would eventually make their mark on the world.

I love the folklore in the story--the legend of Tiddalik's cave and the frog who wouldn't share with others.
Joyously Retired Teacher - Amazon reviewer

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