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Review: The Girl in the Painting


Title: The Girl in the Painting

Author: Tea Cooper

Release Date: March 9, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: A young prodigy in need of family.


A painting that shatters a woman’s peace.


And a decades-old mystery demanding to be solved.


Australia, 1906


Orphan Jane Piper is nine years old when philanthropist siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn take her into their home to further her schooling. The Quinns are no strangers to hardship. Having arrived in Australia as penniless immigrants, they now care for others as lost as they once were.


Despite Jane’s mysterious past, her remarkable aptitude for mathematics takes her far over the next seven years, and her relationship with Elizabeth and Michael flourishes as she plays an increasingly prominent part in their business.


But when Elizabeth reacts in terror to an exhibition at the local gallery, Jane realizes no one knows Elizabeth after all—not even Elizabeth herself. As the past and present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel her story before it’s too late.


From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel presents a mystery that spans continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.


My Review: I really enjoyed sinking into this story. I felt that the author did a great job with the setting and era, bringing it to life without overtelling. The characters were great, had great development and were very likeable! I loved the mystery and intrigue of the story and the author did a great job following two timelines. Overall I really enjoyed this one and I think many fans of historical fiction will too!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*