An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick captured my attention right away with its cast of characters in the first few pages of the book along with a map of Winona, Minnesota from the 1900 time period. It was also very intriguing to have some actual authentic photographs spread throughout the book.
Jane's writing style is witty and romantic stirring a desire to be swept away in the past, even if for a little while.
If you love photography you will be interested in the way in which Jane describes what the photographer is thinking while looking at a subject and what the photographer wants to portray in each photograph. You will take a trip through time with a bird's eye view through the lens of a 1900's photographer.
The scenes and characters in the book are based on actual historical women in this time period. You see the struggle for equality rising among the women. For example; women in those days were not looked kindly on if they were to go into a store by themselves to make a purchase...it would have been quite scandalous and an opportunity for scoundrels to take advantage of!
Jesse Gaebele has left behind a forbidden romance with her former (married) employer, Fred Bauer. Jesse's personal life is still at a crossroads as the book opens up. She escapes to Milwaukee hoping to begin again and get her life on track. Although she tries she cannot keep painful memories away as she struggles to make a new life for herself. She soon discovers that something is missing inside of her, there is an absence in her heart. What can fill this emptiness and give her the life she so longs for? Read along as Jesse finds love, forgiveness, and ultimate grace.
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Jane Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author of sixteen historical novels, including A Flickering Light, the first part of Jesse Gaebele's story, and three nonfiction novels. 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.
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I received this book from Random House Publishers for review. I review each book carefully and give my own personal opinion.