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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    good story

    Jessie Ann Gaebele is in love. With photography, and with an older married man who trained her in photography. Distressed and dismayed by the turn of events that have brought her into a position of falling in love with a married man, Jessie tries to escape her desires by chasing other desires, such as the desire to make a name for herself as a woman photographer, the desire to own her own studio and to do it all on her own. She desperately does not want to love Fredrick J. Bauer.
    Jessie, leaves Winona Wisconsin and travel to many cities and states working as an assistant, where she learns more and more about her trade, where she saves money to fulfill her goals and where she desperately misses her family back home in Winona.
    This story is a novel, but the central characters Jessie, her family and Fredrick J. Bauer and his family are real people, in fact Jessie is the grandmother of the author Jane Kirkpatrick. This story was moving, and was a story that will present a moral dilemna. Jessie knew it was wrong to love a married man, and that is addressed in the book. A story you must read to appreciate. Do not fail to read the interview at the end of the book with the author, it explains so much about the book that you really wonder about as you read it. 383 pages US $14.99 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only no payment was received.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    Didn't read the 1st book

    I didn't read the 1st book in the series but I didn't get lost. In this story, Jessie Ann Gaebele pursues her dream of owning her own photographic studio. She moves away from her family to start fresh and to get away from the unforbidden love she has for Mr. Bauer.

    This book is full of twists and turns and just when you think Jessie's dreams are coming true, you are surprised at where the story takes you. Her parents are encouraging her to work for the traveling evangelist and give up her dreams of photography.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Great Read

    I really enjoyed this book. Being that it was about my passion of photography, I was excited to read it. This is actually the second book in the series, but you really would never know that. It does not take away from the story. I loved the vivid detail, as it really made you feel like you were right there. I really would recommend this book to any of my friends. Great read!

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

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    A Satisfying Sequel

    Settle in and enjoy the easy pace of An Absence So Great, the sequel to A Flickering Light, by Jane Kirkpatrick. The story picks up with Jesse Gaebele, a female photographer in the early 20th Century, as she tries to piece her life together after dabbling in a forbidden romance. Real emotions, consequences, and that grace that God offers all flow nicely through the story. To get the full impact of the book, I highly recommend reading A Flickering Light first. What's even more impressive is that the main storyline comes from the author's own family history. A well-told story!

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    An interesting read.

    AN ABSENCE SO GREAT by Jane Kirkpatrick is an historical christian fiction set in the 1900's Wisconsin. This story is interesting as it is an ancestral historical account of photography in this era. It gives insight into the struggles women faced during this era as photographers and getting their business started. The characters are strong and the story is well written. It has true love, family, family commitment, struggles, traded and faith. I thought the story started out rather slow but picked up about middle way of the story. I would recommend this book esp if you enjoy history of this nature. 4 This book was received for review by from Random House.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    Such a moving story!

    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!

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

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    Posted August 5, 2010

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