Inspired by the engaging stories told through her grandmother’s photographs taken at the turn of the century, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick provides a portrait of the tension between darkness and light in the soul of a young woman pursuing her professional dreams.
Despite growing in confidence as a photographer, eighteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele’s personal life is still at a crossroads. Hoping she’s put an unfortunate romantic longing behind her as “water under the bridge,” she exiles herself to Milwaukee to operate photographic studios for those ill with mercury poisoning.
Jessie gains footing on her dream to one day own her own studio and soon finds herself in other Midwest towns, pursuing her profession. But even a job she loves can’t keep those painful memories from seeping into her heart, and the shadows of a forbidden love threaten to darken the portrait of her life.
You can read an excerpt of An Absence So Great here.
Jane Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author of sixteen historical novels, including A Flickering Light, the first part of Jessie Gaebale’s story, and three nonfiction titles. Known for her unique insights into the exploration of community, family and faith of actual historical women, the Wisconsin native and her husband have called their ranch in Oregon home for the past 25 years.
I have always enjoyed Kirkpatrick's writing and An Absence So Great did not disappoint! Though I had not read the previous books in this series, I believe that this book holds it own as a stand alone title. The writing is exquisite and the characters very well developed. Kirkpatrick based this book on her grandmother's life and it is very clear that much research had gone into the writing of this book. Themes covered in this book include love, family, mercury poisoning, the role of women, and forgiveness, among others. If you have read Kirkpatrick's previous works, and enjoyed them, you will also enjoy this one! Also, if you are a fan of historical fiction, An Absence So Great will be right up your alley.
I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.
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