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Book of the Week - the Girl in the Painting by Kirsty Ferry
22 March 2017


The Girl in the Painting is the second book in the Rossetti Mysteries series, published by Choc Lit. The first book in the series, Some Veil Did Fall, was based on Pre-Raphaelite poetry, The Girl in the Painting is based on Pre-Raphaelite painting, and the third book in the series, The Girl in the Photograph, is based - surprise, surprise - on Pre-Raphaelite photography, an art-form made famous by the likes of Julia Margaret Cameron. The Girl in the Painting was out in paperback on 7th March, the same day as The Girl in the Photograph is published in ebook form – very exciting!


All three books are interlinked, but they can be read as stand-alone novels. And all three books are also timeslips, with a paranormal mystery to solve, romance and hauntings. The settings range from Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, to London, the Tate Gallery, Cornwall and back to North Yorkshire – this time to Staithes, another coastal town with a rich artistic heritage and links to the Newlyn Group of Artists, through the very famous artist, Dame Laura Knight.

 Kirsty says - 

I hope you’ll enjoy all the books in the series, and maybe even come to love the characters as much as I do! Happy reading.





Wow! This had everything - love stories, ghosts, obsessions ...  It's a time slip/ghost story involving the present day and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Having long been a fan of all things PRB and having been to see their paintings more times than I care to think about, I was really looking forward to this book.
Ann Cooper, Annie’s Book Corner on The Girl in the Painting


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.
Sorcha O’Dowd, Waterstones Bookseller and Reviewer at Old Victorian Quill on The Girl in the Painting


Kirsty Ferry has written a perfect combination of history and present day. Becky and Jon are great main characters. They both have a good heart and that makes them very likeable. I enjoyed reading this story very much and think Kirsty Ferry has told an amazing tale about history and future that ends in a great and very fitting finale.
Suze Lavender, Suze Likes, Loves, Finds & Dreams on Some Veil Did Fall


…A gentle romance mixed with goose bumps are written with a stealthy hand and solid plot. ….“Some Veil Did Fall” delivers chills to a reader as if a ghost were reading over their shoulder! 
Natasza at InD’tale Magazine on Some Veil Did Fall.


I am a big fan of this particular publisher, almost anything they choose is well worth a read but when it has a slightly wacky, unreal feel then it’s a bit special.   …This is pure charm, a delightful romp.
LoveReading on Some Veil Did Fall




Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale Enchantment. She has also written North East based novels, short stories and articles for magazines such as Weekly News, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices and It’s Fate.

Her timeslip novel, Some Veil Did Fall, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, The Girl in the Painting in February 2016 and The Girl in the Photograph in March 2017. The experience of signing Some Veil Did Fall in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s day-job involves sharing a Georgian building with an eclectic collection of ghosts – which can sometimes prove rather interesting.


The Girl in the Painting

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?


The Girl in the Photograph

What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?

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 realisation. 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. 

 All in all a fabulous series of books. I'm just reading the first one, via audiobook and liking it so far! I love the fact that there are two more after this one - once you've i nvested in a book and its characters and premise, it's nice to take a short cut to the next set up, being familiar with them already.

other news -

Julie Cohen writing retreat 25th September 2017 - go here and scroll down.

Sara Sarre comp to win a stay at RFY - an amazing opportunity - plus she is also doing a tutored retreat offering editing skills and help with your first chapter of your novel, at Retreats for You on 5th June too. more here.

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes



My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

Have a lovely week


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