The Girl in the Painting by Kirsty Ferry
(The Rossetti Mysteries #2)
Genres: Historical, Time-Slip, Romance.
Release Date: February 29th 2016.
What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history?
Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite 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 favourite painting?
Book Review ~ ‘The Girl in the Painting’ by Kirsty Ferry ~ 5 Stars!
I’m one of those girls that when I hear the name ‘Rossetti’ I get all fangirly and swoony. I make no apologies for this. Being born in the wrong century, I think it’s only fair that my celebrity crushes tend to focus on men from different eras. So when I started reading ‘The Girl in the Painting’, I was excited!
I should also point out that at the slightest mention of Dante Rossetti loving somebody more than Lizzie Siddall, I get very defensive and start war crying “I SHALL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!”, so there were some evocative emotions I was experiencing when immersing myself into Kirsty Ferry’s fantastic time-slip novel.
I adored the contemporary scenes with Cori and Simon, and the return of the brilliant characters from the first book ‘Some Veil Did Fall’. They were all necessary to bring the story together and it was great to see how they are interacted with each other, and worked together to solve the mystery of Daisy. In turn, the historical scenes, where we see Daisy’s embellishment in her diary of her relationship with the Pre-Raphaelites, and Lizzie Siddall, were heartbreaking and I couldn’t stop thinking about them long after I finished the book.
Kirsty Ferry did a brilliant job by bringing together the many elements of Victorian life and weaving them into her story and characters. Daisy’s addiction to laudanum highlighted a huge problem in society, and showed how damaging it could be to mental health as well as physical. To see the truth behind her story, her relationships with the members of the Pre-Raphaelite brothers, her devotion and awe of Lizzie Siddall, and how this all lead to her downfall ripped at my heart because of how true it could have been.
With brilliantly connected contemporary and historical scenes, eerie ghostly sightings and hauntings, stories desperate to be told, and romance that keeps people together as well as tears them apart, this is a novel that you will devour from start to finish, and then feel empty as you leave the artistic world behind.