The Girl in the Painting

Author: D'Silva, Renita

Publication Date:

April 2019



Original language and publisher

English | Bookouture

The Girl in the Painting

Author: D'Silva, Renita

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  • Rights sold: Norway (Strawberry) 
  • Over 200,000 copies of her titles sold in English


Renita combines the great tradition of Indian fiction with the emotional story-telling of authors like Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, Kathryn Hughes, Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley, Santa Montefiore and Kristin Hannah.

“Before she goes, there’s something she must do. She fingers the letter in her pocket. She thinks of the painting that was created beside the stream. A painting of a girl, with sadness in her eyes.”

Emma’s beloved grandmother, Margaret, is dying, and she has one last wish before she says goodbye. When she gives Emma a mysterious painting, a letter and the keys to a house in India, Emma is shocked. Margaret has rarely spoken of a link to India before – she has been unwilling to ever speak of her past at all.

But now Margaret has a request for her granddaughter: Find Archana. Margaret asks Emma to give Archana the painting and letter and – most important of all – to tell her that she forgives her.

With her grandmother on her deathbed, Emma travels deep into the heart of the Indian hills in search of answers, to a crumbling house overgrown with vines. And when she finds Archana, the secret Margaret has been keeping for over seventy years will finally be revealed – the story of a day spent painting by a stream full of water lilies, where a betrayal tore three lives apart forever…