Personally, I have not finished this book but I have read more than enough to know that I don’t recommend it, per se, there is content that I definitely do not recommend to younger readers along with cussing, taking the Lord’s name in vain, and a setting of unclear faith views though I’m leaning toward Catholic and Chinese views. Which is why I don’t recommend the book to readers 18 or under.
However, it has such a fascinating setting and is intriguing enough that I have found myself enjoying the book despite those facts and for readers of Clean fiction you may find some thing you like, and Christian readers should read with caution.
The characters aren’t the normal characters, the setting is not a setting I’ve read much if any of, and the story?! It has my full attention, I just personally don’t recommend it to younger readers, but those that are more mature and sure in their faith this story is very intriguing and I suggest you check it out with care toward the content.
I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
The Girl in the Painting by Tea CooperPublication Date: March 9, 2021 Thomas Nelson Paperback & eBook; 384 pages Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery 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 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.
“Deeply researched. Emotional. Atmospheric and alive. . . Tea Cooper transports the reader to a sweeping landscape of turn of the twentieth century Australia—from the raw realities of the Australian goldfields to the sophisticated institutions of Sydney—and does so with an expert pen. Combining characters that are wonderfully complex with a story spanning decades of their lives, The Girl in the Painting is a triumph of family, faith, and long-awaited forgiveness. I was swept away!” —Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Paris Dressmaker and the Hidden Masterpiece novels
About the Author
Tea is an award-winning Australian author of 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. She is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Horse Thief, The Cedar Cutter, The Currency Lass, The Naturalist’s Daughter, The Woman in the Green Dress, and The Girl in the Painting.