Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another Book Giveaway!

I am snowed under in paper work this week, as I am working hard to close my business. But, I just have to pop in and tell you about my next book giveaway!

I am loving this book! I'd like nothing better than to put work aside and get lost in it. As it is, I've only made it about halfway through.

From the publisher:
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.

I'm enjoying Jessie's story on so many levels. So much is happening in 1910 America, not just the advent of the industrial revolution which is changing lifestyles at a rapid pace, but in women's lives as well. Jessie is a young professional, and through her reflections, author Jane Kirkpatrick explores the lives of career women in the city of Milwaukee. We're given a glimpse into women's issues such as health and diet, and the changing social graces.

Most of the characters in this book are actual historical figures. Ms. Kirkpatrick is careful to point out those who are not. The book is further enhanced with historical photographs of people who are included in the story.

This book is rich in the history of photography and the men and women who were dedicated to the art and science of it. I was in awe of the pure physical labor required of hauling and operating equipment, and have a new appreciation for my wallet-sized point and shoot! The early photographers were true artists, working in black and white, and using shadows and light to create a flattering portrait. Equally important were the assistants who were given the task of touching up portraits, unknowingly putting themselves at risk by the use of lead paint and toxic chemicals.

All of this is woven in with the delightful story of a young woman coming of age and growing in faith, during a dynamic time in women's history. I'm eager to explore Ms. Kirkpatrick's other books, which include sixteen historical novels and three non-fiction titles.

Now for the good news! I have an extra copy of this book to give away! To be included in the drawing, just leave me a comment by Sunday, April 4th, 6 p.m. mountain time.

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


10 comments:

Becky said...

I'd love to read this book. I'd love to win this book to read it. I'd love to win this book from YOU to read it. You are always worthy of a valuable suggestion for my literary perusal.

Sharon said...

Sounds like another great read....Enjoy your Easter weekend,

Susanne said...

I think you should be a professional review writer. You have a great way of writing it out without giving anything away.

I'm loving this book. I'm reading it right now so you don't need to enter me into the draw. Hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter holiday!

Renna said...

I love that your taste in writing (reading?) seems to be similar to my own. It saves me pouring over books, trying to come up with what to read next. Now, I'll just benefit from your legwork! ;-Þ

This book does appeal to me. My own grandmother, Nanny, as she was known to me, was born in 1911, which would put this character only a little younger than my own great-grandmother (whom I never knew). It will be interesting to read it, bearing that fact in mind. What a treat, seeing how the world was when my great-grandma was a young bride, and my own Nanny entered the world.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER GOOD BOOK. IT WOULD BE NICE TO WIN. I HAVE BEEN OFF MY BLOG FOR ALMOST 2 WEEKS, WITH ALL THE RAIN WE WERE HAVING IT DAMAGED AOT OF WIRES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND WE HAD NO PHONES, OR LAP TOPS. I MISSED DOING THE BLOG.
BUT.....THEY FIXED THE LINES TODAY, AND I AM OFF AND RUNNING, MY E-MAIL MUST BE OVER FLOWING. WELL, TAKE CARE, HAVE A GREAT EASTER.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Sarah said...

Wow! This looks like another great book! Think a 16 year old would enjoy it too??

violetlady said...

It has been ages since I visited -- have to catch up on some blogs. The book sounds great - please include me!

Anita said...

I think I'm getting in just in time! Put in my name!

Historical fiction is my new favorite genre.

BTW, that mound of paper in the picture caused me a llittle anxiety. Paper is one of my key nemisis.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
HAPPY EASTER, JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I HAVE A SURPRISE WAITING FOR YOU ON MY BLOG. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Robin said...

Bummer - I'm too late. But it sounds like a really good book.
Hope you had a good Easter!