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The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper
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It was 1863 when Michael Ó’Cuinn and his little sister Elizabeth left London bound for Australia. Their Mam and Da had gone earlier, leaving the two children with an aunt, but her death meant the journey to join their parents took place sooner than originally planned. Leaving Elizabeth with the Camerons in Sydney while Michael searched for their parents, the shock he faced meant he had to do some rapid growing up.

Fifty years later in 1913, Michael and Elizabeth lived in Maitland, NSW. They were well known and liked in the town; Michael was an astute businessman while Elizabeth controlled the accounting. They had rescued Jane from the orphanage when she was young, her mathematical genius something they wanted to cultivate. Jane called them Aunt and Uncle; she wasn’t adopted but was part of the family.

It was when Elizabeth was affected by an exhibition at the Technical College that things began to change. Elizabeth felt herself fading in and out of reality; her dizziness and fear was overwhelming. The doctor couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her – so what was happening? Jane was determined to find the answers; she owed everything to Michael and Elizabeth. She had to help. But was it a puzzle she could solve?

The Girl in the Painting by Aussie author Tea Cooper would have to be her best yet in my opinion! An exceptional plot, interesting, intriguing and poignant. I couldn’t put this one down; loved Jane’s character, especially when she first went to the Quinn household. I laughed out loud many times at her antics; she was forthright and didn’t hold back. The Girl in the Painting is a thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery novel which I highly recommend.

With thanks to the publisher for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

July 3, 2019 – Shelved
July 3, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 3, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-release
July 3, 2019 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
July 3, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-mystery
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: sent-by-publisher
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: uncorrected-proof
December 12, 2019 – Started Reading
December 13, 2019 – Finished Reading
December 15, 2019 – Shelved as: own-read

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message 1: by Sharon (new) - added it

Sharon It sounds amazing, Brenda. Great review as always :)


Brenda Thanks Sharon, she's getting better and better :)


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