The Girl in the Painting

The Girl in the Painting For Readers Of The The True Story Of Maddie Bright, The Woman In The Green Dress And The Birdman S Wife Comes This Atmospheric And Richly Detailed Australian Historical Mystery From A Bestselling Australian AuthorMaitland Miss Elizabeth Quinn Is Something Of An Institution In Maitland Town For Longer Than Anyone Could Remember She And Her Brother, Businessman Michael, Have Lived In The Impressive Two Storey Stone House Next To The Church When She Is Discovered Cowering In The Corner Of The Exhibition Gallery At The Technical College The Entire Town Knows Something Strange Has Come To PassWas It The Prehistoric Remains Or Perhaps The Taxidermy Exhibition That Had Reduced The Whale Boned Encased Pillar Of Society To A Quivering Mess Or Is There Something Odd About A Striking Painting On Loan From The National Gallery Mathematical Savant Jane Piper Is Determined To Find Out Deposited On The Doorstep Of The Local Orphanage As A Baby, She Owes Her Life And Education To The Quinn S Philanthropic Ventures And Elizabeth Has No One Else To Turn ToAs The Past And The Present Converge, Elizabeth S Grip On Reality Loosens Can Jane, With Her Logical Brain And Penchant For Puzzles, Unravel Elizabeth S Story Before It Is Too Late Ranging From The Gritty Reality Of The Australian Goldfields To The Grand Institutions Of Sydney, The Bucolic English Countryside To The Charm Of Maitland Town, This Compelling Historical Mystery In The Company Of An Eccentric And Original Heroine Is Rich With Atmosphere And Detail

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.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Girl in the Painting
  • Tea Cooper
  • English
  • 23 June 2017

10 thoughts on “The Girl in the Painting

  1. says:

    Another enjoyable novel by Tea Cooper, The Girl In The Painting is a dual timeline account of brother and sister Michael and Elizabeth Quinn, who arrived in Sydney by boat in the 1860s The first timeline is set in the gold mining town of Hill End, where their parents have settled, and Michael and Elizabeth are to join them from Ireland The second timeline is set years later in Maitland, where Michael and Elizabeth have settled after the gold rush One day at a local art exhibition Elizabeth is found cowering on the floor in a right state and Michael, along with his mathematical genius ward Jane, are determined to get to the bottom of the problem What has reduced Elizabeth to such a state Is it one of the paintings, or taxidermied birds on display And why As Michael and Jane investigate it becomes clear that not everything is as straight forward as they believe it to be, and as the mystery deepens long hidden secrets come to the fore.The Girl In The Painting is an immensely readable book, full of historical detail, and with well meshed, believable, characters From the gold fields, to the Hunter Valley, the reader is immersed in the lives of Elizabeth, Michael and Jane, and the conclusion is both surprising and satisfying Recommended for all lovers of Australian historical fiction My thanks to Harlequin Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review The opinions are entirely my own.

  2. says:

    The Girl In the Painting by Tea Cooper is a wonderful historical fiction mostly set in Australia It is the first book by this writer that I have read It was a really enjoyable read and I will definitely keep an eye out for of her books in the future The story alternates for most of the book between Jane, a young orphan who is taken in by brother and sister Michael and Elizabeth Quinn, and also from the siblings travels to Australia from England in in the 1860 s Jane is a very clever girl with an aptitude for numbers She is saved by the Quinn s who are now successful business people in Maitland Elizabeth takes Funny turn T an art exhibition and starts to have strange flashbacks that have no meaning to her Jane is determined to solve the mystery and help Elizabeth Brother Michael sheds some light on the mystery with news that will change both women forever We travel from the UK, to Sydney, to the goldfields in Hill End and to Maitland in this beautifully written novel Tea Cooper captures the feeling of Australia in the past, a country that is still growing and finding its way in the world, much like the characters she writes about Anybody would feel as if they have been transported back in time when reading this book.Thank you to Harlequin Books Australia and Tea Cooper for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  3. says:

    The Girl in the Painting is a historical fiction novel by best selling Australian author, T a Cooper In Maitland Town in 1913, Jane Piper is still counting her blessings that Michael and Elizabeth Quinn chose her from the orphanage Not to adopt, but to further her education and realise an undreamt of career as an accountant In her first interview, she told Michael I like numbers, sir See, they don t lie, sir Not like people There s only right or wrong, no in betweens and that still holds true But one day, at the Technical College with Elizabeth to view an exhibition, her benefactor takes a turn What can have reduced this unfailingly poised lady to a gibbering mess Aunt Elizabeth wants to ignore the whole episode, to dismiss it, but Jane can t let it go Especially when it happens again She will use her deductive powers to learn what has affected her beloved patroness so Fifty years earlier, a sweet blue eyed four year old girl slipped her hand into young Michael Cuinn s as they boarded a ship for their assisted passage to join parents Michael and Aileen Quinn in Sydney The news that greeted them on arrival was a shock, however, and Michael had to leave Elizabeth with the Camerons while he sorted out a place to safely raise a child the goldfields at Hill End wouldn t fit the bill, but that s where his Da was Several narrators tell the story over two timelines, and Cooper easily captures the era and the setting Her characters are interesting and engaging and it s utterly impossible not to fall in love with little Jane from the first chapter Cooper gives the reader lots of historical tidbits mingled with a good dose of intrigue and a hint of romance, and wraps it all in wonderfully evocative prose Marvellous Australian historical fiction This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley, Better Reading Preview and Harlequin Australia

  4. says:

    Thank to NetGalley, Harlequin Australia and Tea Cooper for my copy of her new book The Girl In The Painting.In 1906, Jane Piper is living in the local orphanage in Maitland, one day she is directed by the nuns to dress in her Sunday best and summoned down stairs Michael Quinn a local business man wants to talk to her and she has no idea why Jane was left at the orphanage as a baby, no one has ever wanted to adopt her, she talks too much and has a habit of saying whatever pops into her head at the time Jane is very smart, Michael and his sister Elizabeth Quinn support the orphanage In Jane s case she is a mathematical genius, they don t want her brilliant mind be wasted, she s given a scholarship, she can attend the girls school in Maitland and live with them.In 1913, Elizabeth Quinn and Jane go to the local technical college when her Elizabeth wanders off to look at a taxidermy exhibition and has a funny turn Elizabeth wants to ignore the whole episode, it s never happened before and she puts it down to being tired The local doctor thinks it s due to her age and it s a ladies change of life complaint When it happens again, Jane is very concerned and something is wrong with her sensible Aunt Elizabeth.The book has a dual timeline and fifty years earlier, Michael and Elizabeth O Cuinn set sail from England to finally be reunited with their parents in Sydney When they arrive fifteen year old Michael discovers his parents are not waiting for them when the ship docks and he s very concerned He leaves four year old Elizabeth with Mrs Cameron a lady who they met on the ship and sets off to discover what happened to his Mam and Da He discovers his Ma has passed away and he father will soon follow her He has no choice but to leave Elizabeth with Mrs Cameron and pay her to look after his little sister until he has a reliable income and a place for them to stay Later when he discovers that his sister is no longer going to school, the money he sends isn t going towards her keep and Mrs Cameron is using Elizabeth to scrub ladies underwear in her laundry business, he s furious He takes her with him to the Australian gold fields in Hill End where he owns a warehouse and runs a carting business.Now years later he s very concerned about his sister, did something happen to her while she was staying with the Cameron s and is that why she s started having funny turns Or is due to what happened to Elizabeth just prior to them leaving for Australia, he has never spoken to her about it and is she having memory flashbacks Can cleaver Jane fit together the pieces of the puzzle, put it all together, before her Aunt Elizabeth loses her grip on reality and is considered to be mentally insane Or, is there something odd about a striking painting on loan from the National Gallery, does this contain clues to her Aunts past and she did see it while in the college The Girl In The Painting is a brilliant historical mystery, where the past and the present combine, to create a story that has so many twists and turns, you can t stop reading and the title of the book hides some of the clues to how it ends A big five stars from me and well done Tea Cooper.I shared my review on Goodreads, NetGalley, Barnes Noble, Twitter and my Blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com

  5. says:

    The Girl in the Painting by Tea CooperA mystery tale of secrets and dark memoriesThis was a delightful and compelling read, told in two timelines, the late 1800 s and early 1900 s The Girl In The Painting is a historical mystery tale and had me quite intrigued.It s the year 1862 in Birkenhead, England, siblings Michael, fifteen and Elizabeth O Cuinn, four are boarding the ship and emigrating to Australia to be reunited with their parents who have been trying to make a new and better life in the goldfields at Hill End It s been a few years since they have seen their parents as they d been staying with their auntie who recently passed away.Maitland Town, Australia 1906 Elizabeth and her brother, businessman Michael Quinn have made a wonderful life in Australia and are well known in Maitland Town, they run a number of profitable businesses and own a grand two storey house, where they both live.Jane Piper is an eccentric mathematical prodigy who was generously taken in by Michael and Elizabeth Quinn when she was a young orphan at age nine, she owes them her life and calls them uncle and aunt.When Elizabeth takes a strange turn at a gallery exhibition and is found cowering in the corner, seemingly traumatised, Jane is determined to find out what happened What did her aunt see that day in the gallery Elizabeth has been troubled and confused since the event and everyone is concerned about her state of mind.Is Michael, Elizabeth s brother hiding a secret from their past While this is a work of fiction the story was cleverly based around a series of unconnected historical events Thank you to Better Reading HarperCollins Publishers Australia for an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review

  6. says:

    It was 1863 when Michael 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.

  7. says:

    Thank to NetGalley, Harlequin Australia and Tea Cooper for my copy of her new book The Girl In The Painting.In 1906, Jane Piper is living in the local orphanage in Maitland, one day she is directed by the nuns to dress in her Sunday best and summoned down stairs Michael Quinn a local business man wants to talk to her and she has no idea why Jane was left at the orphanage as a baby, no one has ever wanted to adopt her, she talks way too much and has a habit of saying whatever pops into her head at the time Jane is very smart, Michael and his sister Elizabeth Quinn support the orphanage In Jane s case they noticed from her school work that she s a mathematical genius, they don t want her brilliant mind to be wasted, she s offered a scholarship, she can attend the girls school in Maitland and live with them.In 1913, Elizabeth Quinn and Jane go to the local technical college to look at the accounting books, when Elizabeth wanders off to look at a taxidermy exhibition and she has a funny turn Elizabeth wanted to ignore the whole episode, it s never happened before and she puts it down to being tired The local doctor thinks it s due to her age and it s a ladies change of life complaint When it happens again, Jane is very concerned and something is wrong with her sensible Aunt Elizabeth.The story has a dual timeline and fifty years earlier, Michael and Elizabeth O Cuinn set sail from England to finally be reunited with their parents in Sydney When they arrive fifteen year old Michael discovers his parents are not waiting for them when the ship docks and he s very concerned He leaves four year old Elizabeth with Mrs Cameron a lady who they met on the ship while sailing to Australia and sets off to discover what happened to his Mam and Da He discovers his Ma has passed away and he father will soon follow her He has no choice but to leave Elizabeth with Mrs Cameron and pay her to look after his little sister until he has a reliable income and a place for them to stay Later when he discovers his sister is no longer going to school, the money he sends isn t going towards her keep and Mrs Cameron has put Elizabeth to work scrubbing ladies underwear in her laundry business, he s furious He takes her with him to the Australian gold fields in Hill End where he owns a warehouse and runs a carting business.Now years later he s very concerned about his sister, did something happen to her while she was staying with the Cameron s and is that why she s started having funny turns Or is due to what happened to Elizabeth just prior to them leaving for Australia, he has never spoken to her about it and is she having memory flashbacks Can cleaver Jane fit together the pieces of the puzzle, put it all together, before her Aunt Elizabeth loses her grip on reality and is considered to be mentally insane Or, is there something odd about a striking painting on loan from the National Gallery, does it contain clues to her Aunts past and did she look at it while visiting the college The Girl In The Painting is a brilliant historical mystery, where the past and the present combine, to create a story that has so many twists and turns, you can t stop reading it and the title of the book hides some of the clues to how it ends A big five stars from me and well done Tea Cooper.I have shared my review on Goodreads, Twitter, NetGalley and my blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com

  8. says:

    The bell rang late The story opens in Maitland Town, Australia in 1906 and then shifts to Birkenhead, England in 1862 It ends in Maitland Town in 1913 What is the story that links these places and years In 1862, fifteen year old Michael Cuinn and his four year old sister Elizabeth left Birkenhead to join their parents in Australia Their parents had left Ireland to try to make a better life in the goldfields at Hill End and the siblings had been staying with an aunt.By 1906, Michael Quinn is a well established businessman in Maitland Town He and Elizabeth live in an impressive two storey stone house next to the church Jane Piper is a nine year old orphan, a mathematical prodigy, taken in by the Quinns, and offered a future.In 1913, in the exhibition gallery at the Technical College, Elizabeth Quinn is found cowering in the corner Elizabeth does not seem to recover from the incident and Jane is determined to find out why.I don t want to spoil this engaging story for a first time reader Suffice to say there is a mystery or two to be uncovered the past is full of secrets.Ms Cooper has woven an interesting novel around a series of disconnected historical events, peopled the story with interesting and some dastardly characters I really enjoyed this novel.Note My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin HQ for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.Jennifer Cameron Smith

  9. says:

    soon as I heard of The Girl in the Painting I was expecting to love it Dual time line Historical Fiction set in colonial Australia it already featured a few of my favourite themes And I m happy to say Tea Cooper didn t disappoint The Girl in the Painting is totally immersive I was hooked right from the beginning William and Elizabeth Quinn are immediately likeable and young Jane Piper s character is quirky and endearing.The Girl in the Painting is set in the New South Wales towns of Maitland in the early 1900 s and Hill End during the gold rush years of 1860 s.Cooper uses true historical events to set the story solidly in its time and place I do enjoy a strong female character and both Elizabeth and Jane are characters that are independent and intelligent Elizabeth instils in Jane independence and the knowledge that women should and can look after their own business affairs The Girl in the Painting is an engrossing story featuring a compelling mystery that will keep you turning the pages I received a copy from the publisher to read and review

  10. says:

    Chapters alternate between two distinct time periods One is from Jane Piper, an orphan who is cared for by two wealthy benefactors, Michael Quinn and his sister Elizabeth Jane s perspective is set in the early 1900s in Maitland Town The other is the story of Michael and Elizabeth Quinn, from their arrival in Australia from England in the 1860s, through the gold rushes in Hill End Bathurst and their path to Maitland Town The elder Michael and Elizabeth are now successful local business people Neither have married and they took Jane in to nurture her intellectual talent Whilst viewing artwork during an exhibition at the local gallery Elizabeth has a funny turn and experiences unsettling flashbacks of unknown origin She seeks to dismiss everyone s concern until there is a repeat occurrence With his sister s wellbeing in issue, Michael shares some information with both Jane and Elizabeth that will significantly impact each of their futures Michael s narrative of the past holds some untruths and will challenge his reputation as an ethical and fine, upstanding businessman And Jane with her thirst for knowledge and attention to detail seeks to find out the truth if but to clear Michael s name.I was particularly keen to read this book due to its setting in the Maitland area of the Hunter Valley, and it s historical references to the area that are so close to me It was a pleasure to read a book so rich and meticulous in its attention to historical detail Tea Cooper succeeds in a portrayal of quite strong, intelligent women forging new frontiers in the worlds of business and academia during our early history She weaves in concepts such as familial violence and mental health as were perceived at those times, as well within these contexts There is some mystery and it s a tale of yearning I recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction, where the beauty is in the delightful characters and the lyrical detail of yesterday s Australians Thank you to Tea Cooper, Netgalley and Harlequin Australia for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review Publication date 16 December 2019An abridged version of this review will appear on bookstagram aplace_inthesun close to release date.

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