I am really enjoying the way this novel was inspired by Emily Carr's paintings. You can really visualize them as you read some of the descriptions in the story.
But I think the book so far has too much superficial-sounding research pushed into the first few pages. If you're at all familiar with the place and have read even a little about Emily Carr, it interferes with the fiction of the story and comes across a bit like frequent name-dropping. Is this what historical novels are usually like? If the setting was unfamiliar it wouldn't be so noticeable?