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Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother's photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman's pursuit of her dreams.

She took exquisite photographs, but her heart was the true image exposed.

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.

With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man's profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.

This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing-and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.

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"Historical novelist Kirkpatrick (A Tendering in the Storm) is exceptionally authentic in her use of early 20th-century history. Virtually all the characters are real figures; protagonist Jessie Ann Gaebele is inspired in this 'biographical fiction' by the writer's own grandmother. Jessie Ann loves photography, and when she is hired as an assistant to photographer F.J. Bauer, she learns about the field of her dreams and also about herself, as she finds herself attracted to her married boss, who battles his own feelings in return. Kirkpatrick renders the war among desire, duty and restraint with exquisite nuance. There are no unsympathetic characters in this tangle of relationships. Bauer's wife — also named Jessie — may be difficult to live with, but she has her reasons. The period detail — dangerous chemicals used in photography, debilitating and frequent illnesses, the routine constraints on women's choices — offers a compelling portrait of the time. Kirkpatrick deserves a wide audience for this coming-of-age tale that is aching and hopeful." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing — and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.

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cr8ted4him, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by cr8ted4him)
Great Book!!! I would love to meet the author and tell her that this was a great book and she wrote it very well. I hope that she continues to write this series of books(portrait of the heart) and bless her readers on what an amazing writer she truly is.
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I am a fan of this authors' books and have read most of them, if not all. This book was well written and I believe that I read it twice.
This was a really great book and I would recommend others read this book.
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ISBN:
9781578569809
Author:
Kirkpatrick, Jane
Publisher:
Waterbrook Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women photographers
Subject:
Christian - Historical
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Portraits of the Heart
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.04 in 0.75 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Historical novelist Kirkpatrick (A Tendering in the Storm) is exceptionally authentic in her use of early 20th-century history. Virtually all the characters are real figures; protagonist Jessie Ann Gaebele is inspired in this 'biographical fiction' by the writer's own grandmother. Jessie Ann loves photography, and when she is hired as an assistant to photographer F.J. Bauer, she learns about the field of her dreams and also about herself, as she finds herself attracted to her married boss, who battles his own feelings in return. Kirkpatrick renders the war among desire, duty and restraint with exquisite nuance. There are no unsympathetic characters in this tangle of relationships. Bauer's wife — also named Jessie — may be difficult to live with, but she has her reasons. The period detail — dangerous chemicals used in photography, debilitating and frequent illnesses, the routine constraints on women's choices — offers a compelling portrait of the time. Kirkpatrick deserves a wide audience for this coming-of-age tale that is aching and hopeful." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing — and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.
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