Title : The Girl in the Painting
Author : Tea Cooper
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher : Thomas Nelson
Pub Date : March 9th, 2021
Pages : 384
A young prodigy in need of family. A painting that shatters a woman’s peace. And a decades-old mystery demanding to be solved.
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 the present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel Elizabeth’s story before it is too late.
From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel takes us on a mystery across continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.
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Isn’t this book gorgeous?!
I was thrilled to read this book set in Australia, and have since decided I definitely need to read more books with this setting in the future!
The dual timeline and how Cooper wove the details of the story into the historical facts kept me engaged throughout were my favorite things about the book. I also really enjoyed the variety of narration that was well-written and interesting, and kept the book going at a great pace!
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About the Author:
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.