Monday, March 29, 2010

An Absence so Great Blog Tour and Give Away


Jane Kirkpatrick

ISBN: 9781578569816
Categories: Fiction - Historical

Publisher's Summary:

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.

My Review:

I have read several of Ms. Kirkpatrick's books and enjoyed them all. I must say, this book did not disappoint ~ it is a great story! The story is set in the early 1900's and the main character, Jessie is a young woman trying to make her way in a world where woman were bound by the beliefs of an era that did not see or allow them individual freedom or being recognized as a person who is more than a daughter, wife and mother. My heart was moved by Jessie's challenges and triumphs.

What makes this book even more special? Jane Kirkpatrick has written this book based on the life of Jessie Gaebele ~ her grandmother. In writing this story, she blended fact and fiction in a style that she is so well known for. The result? A unique and pretty amazing story. I can't wait to read A Flickering Light which is the first book in Jessie's story!

Click here to read the first chapter and find out more about this book!

Give Away

For a chance to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment on this post. Please remember to leave me a way to contact you (by blog or email) if you should win. Each contestant can enter only once and this give away is open to the US and abroad.The contest will run from 3/29/2010 through 4/9/2010 at 12 MN. Winner will be chosen by Random. org and announced on 4/10/2010.

Many thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for allowing me the opportunity to review this book!


Judylynn said...

I am an avid photograher, so I know I'll love this one!


Mariel said...

this looks like a good book. I am a book worm, but have not read a fiction book in a while. this would provide great reading on my back porch!! :)

Alice Teh said...

This one carries a compelling story. I'd love to read something that is set in the early 1900's. Plus, as Judy Lynn has pointed out, the book's somewhat related to photography and you know I love taking pictures. So... I'd love to be entered for this giveaway. Thanks, Renee!