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Monday, March 29, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: An Absence So Great





The year is 1910 and 18 year old photographer, Jessie Ann Gaebele, has a lot of spunk.  She believes that women are just as capable as men, and she can take on the world.  Moving to get away from the memories that trouble her, she arrives in Milwaukee trying so hard to be a maverick - only to find out quickly that she’s still naive and young.   

Especially when it comes to men.

Determined to save enough money and own her own studio back in Minnesota, Jessie sets out to be an independent woman with a new home and a new career.   An Absence So Great is the story of hard work, persistence, frustration and romantic longing.   I really liked the addition of the old black and white photographs that were included throughout the book – it was the perfect touch.  Fans of Jane Kirkpatrick will not be disappointed!  If you missed book one in this series (A Flickering Light), you may want to read it first to get a better idea of the background on the characters in this series.


About this Book


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.





Other books in this series:   

A Flickering Light, (Book one) was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009.


This book provided free for review by Waterbrook Multnomah

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