The Girl from Oto

by Amy Maroney

How far would you go to unveil a 500-year-old secret? American Zari Durrell scores a coveted post-doctorate position in Scotland, researching the life and work of portrait artist Cornelia van der Zee. But when Zari decodes clues hidden in two sixteenth-century portraits attributed to Van der Zee, she unearths the traces of another artist entirely: a mysterious young woman named Mira. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira along the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago in the rugged Pyrenees mountains—and plunges deep into the past. The harrowing tale of Mira herself unfolds as Zari’s quest to uncover the truth intensifies. Born in the Pyrenees during a time wracked by war, plague, and shifting political boundaries, Mira grows up in a convent believing she is an orphan, unaware of the dark secret in her past. When her peaceful existence is shattered, Mira risks everything to learn the truth about her origins—and confront those who would destroy her.

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