Whilst standing engrossed in her favorite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.
The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary …
Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favorite painting.
Titles in the Rossetti Mysteries include: Some Veil Did Fall – The Girl in the Picture – The Girl in the Photograph
Title: The Girl in the Painting
Series: The Rossetti Mysteries #2
Author: Kirsty Ferry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit
My Rating: 4 stars
The Girl in the Painting is one of those stories that will appeal to many different types of readers, and can be enjoyed by all. If you enjoy the thrill of a time slip story got that covered, enjoy having tingles go down your spine from a haunting got that as well, do mysteries to be solved make you long to dive into a book well here’s one for you, are you a lover of art and can spend hours in galleries and museums then you’ll be right at home here, do you absolutely love a good romance no matter what time frame it’s placed in then you’re in for a special treat. It’s difficult for me to put this story in one category for there are so many delightful genres woven expertly throughout the telling of this tale. So you aren’t reading only one genre here, you’re being invited into a journey to find the truth and sometimes you have to touch on the past to understand the present.
Lissy, a friend of Cori’s, has come into the possession of a diary that would be of great interest to Cori since it involves not only her favorite time period, but makes references to one of her most favorite paintings as well – plus some shocking claims, if true. Soon Cori will begin to experience things she never believed possible or real. She’ll have to make choices as well, some easy others, more difficult. And a romance that could lead to a very happy future is also pulling at her heart among all the others happenings around her.
There are stories where the explaining of them should be left up to the author completely – and I believe that The Girl in the Painting is one of those stories. There are magical and amazing discoveries to be found in this story, and the different genre merge into a lovely woven pattern that makes up the fabric of this story. I was captivated and engaged throughout this tale, even though I’m of the “I know what I like” type of art lover, I was impressed by the art knowledge and lore.
I believe this is a story that many readers, of varying genre preferences, will enjoy. At the heart, it’s a Contemporary Romance with touches of other genre that combined tell an intriguing story. Take a chance, step out of your comfort zone and give The Girl in the Painting a try, you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy about this story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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