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It’s my stop on the book tour for THE GIRL IN THE PAINTING by Tea Cooper, and it’s an exciting historical mystery that I couldn’t put down! What’s the last book that hooked you immediately?
Title: The Girl In The Painting
Author: Tea Cooper
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published: March 9, 2021
Source: TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson
THE GIRL IN THE PAINTING by Tea Cooper is a brilliantly written historical mystery that was such a page-turner — I couldn’t put it down! Thanks so much to @tlcbooktours and @thomasnelson for the chance to read and review this exciting book.
It’s the early 1900s in Australia and siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn are lovely people who change Jane’s life when they take her from an orphanage and give her opportunities to finish school and foster her talent for numbers.
We see several flashbacks to the journey that Michael and Elizabeth took in 1862 that was supposed to unite them with their parents in Australia.
The mystery comes when Elizabeth has a visceral reaction to a painting in a museum and she begins to unravel. Jane begins to look for clues in Elizabeth’s past to help her beloved benefactors. (Full synopsis below).
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A young prodigy in need of a 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 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.
Connect with the Author
Tea Cooper is an Australian author of historical and contemporary 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.
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