Book Review & Give Away ~ An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick  

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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. 

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.

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.

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My Review:

An Absence so Great is an excellent piece of literary, historical fiction. Not heavy on romance, but full of vivid historical details that will make you feel you are right there as the story unfolds. If you enjoy that kind of writing, I think you will enjoy this book, which is the 2nd books in this series by Jane Kirkpatrick. 

I have a copy of this book to give away. If you would like to enter the drawing which will take place next Friday the 16th, just leave a comment on this post.

Random house gave me a copy of this book to review. 

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Enjoyed your blog today and your review of An Absence So Great. I just got A Flickering Light and am anxious to start reading it. I would love to follow it up with An Absence So Great. Please enter me into your giveaway and thank you so very much for the opportunity.

Cindy W.


An Absence So Great sounds like a great read! I'm into photography as well. I love trying new (to me) authors, so please enter me into your giveaway! Thanks Lynette!

Keep writing!

You are both in! Thanks for dropping by. :)

Greetings Lynnette,
I don't know if you remember me, but we became friends on Shelfi. My name is Wanda. Anyway you have a beautiful blog and great interviews. I have a blog of my own and I just started reviewing books. The cover on your book is beautiful. Congrats.
Anyway enter me please.
Trinity Rose

wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Please become a follower on my blog

Wanda, yes I remember you! Long time since we've chatted, though. Nice to see you again. :)

Hi Lynette... you can count me in for the drawing please... anxiously waiting for your next book. Loved Rocky Mountain Oasis.
Ronda Nelson

Rhonda, Thanks for your encouraging words about Rocky Mountain Oasis. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. I will be sure to post an announcement as soon as I know the release date for High Desert Haven.

Okay, everyone. We have a winner. Chosen by, the winner is Rachel. Congrats, Rachel. I'll get in touch with you to get your mailing address.

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