Friday, April 2, 2010

An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick

An Absence So Great: A Novel (Portraits of the Heart, #2) An Absence So Great: A Novel by Jane Kirkpatrick

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.

Did photography replace an absence in her life or expose the truth of her heart’s emptiness?

While growing in confidence as a photographer, eighteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele’s personal life is 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 owners who have fallen ill with mercury poisoning. 

Jessie gains footing in her dream to one day operate her own studio and soon finds herself in other Midwest towns, pursuing her profession. But even a job she loves can’t keep painful memories from seeping into her heart when the shadows of a forbidden love threaten to darken the portrait of her life.

An Absence So Great: A Novel was not really my cup of tea. I like to read books for an escape and adventure, but I found this one to be odd and depressing. I did not read the first in the series, but I am not certain that you would have to as the story was understandable. I hear that many people love Jane Kirkpatrick, so I was excited to give her a try again as I tried to read another that I did not quite like, but I guess her writing is just not for me. The historical elements are interesting, but there was just not enough happiness to hold me.

*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a copy for review.*

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A Flickering Light (Portraits of the Heart, Book 1)An Absence So Great: A Novel (Portraits of the Heart)

3 comments and creative thoughts:

Lindsey said...

I really LOVE Jane Kirkpatrick and hope that you'll give her a try again! One of my favorites is Love to Water My Soul and the All Together in One Place series is wonderful, too.

I'm reading An Absence So Great right now, too, and I do find it a little depressing, too. Still, it's very good, I love the way she writes. I think I might appreciate it more because I loved her other books so much though. :-)

Nancy said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Nancy said...

I subscribe to Jane's blog.

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