Jane Kirkpatrick
March 2010
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
ISBN-13: 9781578569816
ISBN: 1578569818
Source: Book was recieved from Random House for a review and giveaway
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.
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 especially if you enjoy history of this nature. 
Reviewed by April Renn
Rating: 4
* This book was received for review by from Random House.*
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