A young prodigy in need of family.
A painting that shatters a woman’s peace.
And a decades-old mystery demanding to be solved.
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.
This is the first book I have read by Tea but it won’t be my last. Not only does she put together an interesting and engaging cast of characters and intricate plot. But her historical detail is amazing. She brings her locations to life as well.
There is a lot of mystery involved in this book. I just couldn’t figure out what had happened to Elizabeth, what trauma had occurred in her life that she didn’t seem to remember? And what secret was Michael hiding?
If you enjoy historical fiction I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.
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A copy of this book was given to be through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.