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The Girl In The Painting Kindle Edition
|Length: 330 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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About the Author
Tea Cooper is an award-winning, bestselling author of Australian 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. Visit her online at TeaCooperAuthor.com; Instagram: @Tea_Cooper; Twitter: @TeaCooper1; Facebook: @TeaCooper; Pinterest: TeaCooperAuthor.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07TW67WR7
- Publisher : HQ Fiction (1 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 731 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 54,364 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Will definitely be reading more of her books.
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First off, Jane, Elizabeth, Michael, and the others are well-drawn, multifaceted, and unusual characters. I particularly liked Jane because she is so unlike other girls of her time, and completely okay with that. Her mathematical talent amazed me (I'm not at all a math person). I also loved how she saw patterns in everything and related to the world through almost uncanny logic and clarity. I could identify with her in some ways; at various points, I wondered if she had Asperger's syndrome. Of course, that wouldn't have been diagnosed in 1913 Australia, or 1913, period. But I appreciated the understated representation.
As noted, Elizabeth and Michael are great as well. Their journey from Ireland, and their personal journeys in Australia, kept my pages turning, especially when Elizabeth started reacting to the exhibition and paintings. That thread got confusing, which I'll get to in a bit. However, I enjoyed the exploration of Elizabeth's true identity, her trauma, and how she related to other people.
The settings reflect Tea Cooper's ability to write a well-researched historical period without being dry. I wasn't entirely on board with The Girl in the Painting being a split time novel because the decades were so close. However, both decades were given enough detail that they stood apart from each other and worked well together. In addition, I applaud Tea for combining Australia and its goldfields, an uncommon setting, with immigration stories not commonly told (Irish immigrants, I've seen a lot. Chinese immigrants, not so much).
As noted, The Girl in the Painting does get a little muddled, such that the rating is more a 3.6-3.8. Some of the muddling is not much of a problem. For instance, the story switches between Michael and Elizabeth's POVs, so it's hard to know who to concentrate on when the story goes into those decades. However, it does make sense for Michael's POV to be in the story.
What makes less sense, and is a bigger issue, is how the stories fit together. For instance, Elizabeth's true identity is the big question that keeps the reader interested. Yet that part of the plot is not dealt with until over halfway through the book. When it is, there are some potentially unrealistic elements, such as Elizabeth having a twin. Additionally--and this was the huge issue for me--I never knew how or why Jane fit in. The book gets to a point where her point of view is rarely if ever present. And although I could tell Tea tried to fit Jane in, she read more as a "charity case" taken in because she was similar to Elizabeth. That disappointed me, because I felt like The Girl in the Painting should be Jane's story, or Jane and Elizabeth's.
Throw in a few threads that don't seem to go anywhere, such as Elizabeth's--"romance"--with Jing and Jane's--whatever it was--with Timothy Penter, and the story becomes a bit more muddled. I probably wouldn't read it again based on the muddling. However, again, I applaud Tea for crafting a novel I think the market needs more of. I do recommend this book if you don't mind some oddities. Even if you, like me, are bothered by said oddities, I'd still recommend at least one read-through, because at its core, this is a good story. If the author stuck closer to the core, it would be perfect.
Expected to read a few chapters a day, but found myself too engrossed in the story to stop. Téa Cooper is an auto-buy author for me.