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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Portraits of the Heart Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780307577832
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arletta Dawdy | 2/18/2014

    " As usual, Jane Kirkpatrick evokes the time, place and mores of the period she writes of. This time it is early 20th century and the coming of age of her grandmother, a budding photographer. Jane's use of her grandmother and would-be lover's photographs and accompanying description by grandmother Jessie add a unique dimension to the work. The story of forbidden love, the religious restrictions that contain that relationship and Jessie's drive to pursue her dream are set against the mid-western life of yesteryear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/14/2014

    " It was a good read, but pretty light weight. The characters did not hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/28/2014

    " It was interesting, but moved so slowly that I had to work at reading it, which I don't enjoy doing. It also reminded me of my own growing-up experience relative to a kind, older, unattainable man. I didn't enjoy that remembering, either. Oh well, and anyway, I would like to know what happens in the next book! Somehow I trust it will be more satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandylew | 12/28/2013

    " Ms. Kirkpatrick can write. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 12/23/2013

    " Jane Kirkpatrick is one of the most popular writers in the Pacific Northwest and a lovely woman. Her writing, however, is tedious, simplistic and basically not terribly good. She is a terrific speaker and obviously many like her books. Anyway, I just could not continue with this one. Life is too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina Gaydeski | 11/12/2013

    " I love this new series from Jane Kirkpatrick!! I am a female photographer, so I definitely relate to the main character and the fact that it's derived from Jane's very own family is so fascinating to me! I am not a religious person per se, but I just love Jane's historical fiction. I hope she never stops writing them. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/7/2013

    " This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed reading about a young woman, a natural born photographer, trying to break into a normally males only profession. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 10/21/2013

    " The best Jane Kirkpatrick I've read. Her tale of a young girl learning to be a professional photographer in the early 20th century is realistic and filled with enough romantic intrigue to be interesting. I will be reading the next in the series to find out what eventually happens to Jessie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/16/2013

    " I enjoyed the protagonist - a young woman who aspires to be a photographer - simply because she was so different from most characters in Christian fiction. Otherwise, the book was just okay - told well enough - but not something I would recommend to friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/24/2013

    " Mostly liked it - good read, didn't like that it was mostly about struggle with infidelity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Thomas | 9/18/2012

    " Fabulous portrait based on the author's photographer grandmother. A poignant story of pursuing a dream and a forbidden love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariah Steinmetz | 8/22/2012

    " Good story. Not thrilled with the way it ended in the middle of the story and then suggested I read the next book to find out what happens to Jessie. I don't like books that are not complete by themselves. I would have given it a 1 star for that reason if it hadn't been as interesting as it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 6/20/2012

    " Story based on the life of Jane's Grandmother in Winona Lake, MN. She worked for a photographer and later on her own as one of the few women photographers in the early 1900's. She fell in love with the man she worked for who was married and struggled with the complexities this caused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 10/6/2011

    " I found this book interesting. It is a reminder how much has changed, from women's roles, women in the workforce, and the ever changing world of photography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/5/2011

    " Fabulous portrait based on the author's photographer grandmother. A poignant story of pursuing a dream and a forbidden love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 5/5/2010

    " The best Jane Kirkpatrick I've read. Her tale of a young girl learning to be a professional photographer in the early 20th century is realistic and filled with enough romantic intrigue to be interesting. I will be reading the next in the series to find out what eventually happens to Jessie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/20/2010

    " Mostly liked it - good read, didn't like that it was mostly about struggle with infidelity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 4/16/2010

    " This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed reading about a young woman, a natural born photographer, trying to break into a normally males only profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 3/5/2010

    " About a female photographer in the early 1900s in Minnesota then moving to Wisconsin. She falls for a married man that she works for. The next book in this series is out in the Spring 2010. "

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul and the first two books in the Kinship and Courage series: All Together in One Place and No Eye Can See. She and her husband Jerry live and work on a 160-acre ranch in Eastern Oregon.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.