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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Ann Marie Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Portraits of the Heart Series Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sandylew | 12/28/2013

    " Ms. Kirkpatrick can write. "

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