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An Absence so Great by Jane Kirkpatrick

I didn't get this posted during the blog tour as life intervened. I'm posting the summary of the book so you can read what it is about. It was well written, but for me there was too much internal dialogue. Sometimes I like that and it could have been my life circumstances at the time I was reading this. I found my attention drifting off while reading it. 

The photos are a fun connection to the story. I enjoyed them

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.

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Author Bio:
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. 

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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