The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper @thomasnelson #historicalfiction #review


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.


Michael and Elizabeth are wealthy siblings. They take in an orphan, Jane. She is a prodigy in math. Jane helps them with all their business dealings. When Elizabeth sees a museum exhibition, she has a “spell”. This turns on some past memories and Jane struggles to find out what is going on.

I love this family. Michael has a heart of gold. Elizabeth is tough as nails. And Jane just wants to learn and be the best she can be. But, when Elizabeth becomes ill, it throws everything off kilter. I mean…what do birds and paintings have to do with her memory?

Then…Michael reveals his secret…and what a secret it is!

I fluctuated between 4 and 5 stars. I settled on 4 because it is just a bit far fetched. You will have to read this to find out…But, I enjoyed the story and the setting. And…it is fiction! Right!? And…you might find it to be a 5 star! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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