Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get.
A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realization. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.
As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.
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 Photograph
Series: The Rossetti Mysteries #3
Author: Kirsty Ferry
Published: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit
My Rating: 4 stars
A well written story is somewhat like a painting or a photograph put together one scene, one frame, one moment frozen forever at a time. I found The Girl in the Photograph to be very much like a series of… moments, captured in time, more than one time as we are taken on a journey of lovers whose stories are woven into the framework of one large picture.
Many times a simple misunderstanding between lovers will cause a rip in the relationship that seems impossible to repair. Lissy is one such soul who believed one thing when the actual truth is far different. Nonetheless, it’s caused her to be on her own now following a passion that has taken the place, in many ways, of the love she once was so certain of. She’s given a chance to discover if that relationship can be made whole again. But before that can happen, Lissy will experience a taste of the past right here in the present.
Two romances are woven through The Girl in the Photograph. One in the present day, the other from the early 1900’s. Both will teach lessons, solve a bit of a mystery and bring the truth to one woman who so badly wants to believe in love once again.
The Girl in the Photograph is a touching look at the loves of a couple from the past, and a couple who need to find their way back to each other. I enjoyed both romances, expertly woven together to create a complete picture. The descriptions of the scenery made some scenes come alive before my eyes, something that will always add a special touch to any story I’m reading.
If you are a lover of time slip stories, or mysteries, or simply a very good love story then this is a story that you’ll want to add to your reading list. Hauntingly realistic are the words that come to mind to describe this story. I believe you’ll understand why once you’ve taken the journey with these lovers.
*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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