The Girl In The Painting by Renita D’Silva

Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Bookoture

About The Book

Discover the secret of the girl in the painting today.
India, 1926: English Margaret arrives with her new husband Suraj at his family home, set amidst beautiful rolling hills, the air filled with the soft scent of spices and hibiscus flowers. Margaret is unwelcome, homesick and lonely, but her maid Archana, a young woman from an impoverished family, reminds her of her long-lost sister, a tiny glimpse of home in a faraway place.
As Margaret and Archana spend more time together, an unexpected friendship blooms. But in British India the divide between rich and poor, English and Indian, is wide, and the clash between Margaret’s modern views and the weight of tradition on Archana will lead to devastating results…
England, 2000: When Emma’s grandmother gives her a mysterious painting, and asks her to take a message of forgiveness to an old friend in India, Emma is relieved to have some time and space to make a decision about her future. But as she fulfils her grandmother’s wish, a secret kept for over seventy years is finally revealed – the story of a day spent painting by a stream full of water lilies, where a betrayal tore three lives apart forever…

My Thoughts

I love travelling and this book made me travel to India without moving from my house, a colourful and special trip that I will keep in my heart for a long time.
The story is told in 3rd person, on the perspective of our three main characters; Emma, Margaret and Archana. Their stories are linked together from a mysterious painting, which will make Emma to travel to another world full of surprises and twists, because how can a painting doesn’t have a secret behind it?
This had been a slow-paced story, but really it was the perfect timing for the reader, slow but with high expectations making the reader eager to know more!
It’s always interesting to read about periods of time you are not used to, to make the reader trying to understand more history and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to learn something new?
I have to admit that I haven’t read anything from Renita D’Silva before, but after this amazing story I will search for more of her books, I am sure it will not be the only one I like it!
This is a book of family, love and strength that I am sure every reader will love!
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About The Author

Renita D’Silva loves stories, both reading and creating them. Her short stories have been published in ‘The View from Here’, ‘Bartleby Snopes’, ‘this zine’, ‘Platinum Page’, ‘Paragraph Planet’ among others and have been nominated for the ‘Pushcart’ prize and the ‘Best of the Net’ anthology. She is the author of ‘Monsoon Memories’,’The Forgotten Daughter’, ‘The Stolen Girl’, ‘A Sister’s Promise’, ‘A Mother’s Secret’, ‘A Daughter’s Courage’, ‘Beneath An Indian Sky’.