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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Portraits of the Heart Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307735553
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taffra | 1/25/2014

    " This was not as good as the first one but her story intrigued me. A slow read but I was dtermined to get to the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melody Mullins | 1/14/2014

    " I found it6 a slow read. I just wasn't to my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Heinlein | 1/11/2014

    " A satisfying conclusion to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/6/2014

    " This was the sequel to A Flickering Light. Loved this book as much as the first book. Jane wraps up the story with the story of Jessie and Fred's lives, their love for photography and life's challenges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Read | 1/6/2014

    " I really like Jane Kirkpatrick's books because they deal with such ordinary people. It is a bit slow, as are all of her books (in my opinion), but they are realistic and show how ordinary people living normal lives are amazingly complex and as interesting as a Scarpetta character or some exotic person living really well off and doing things they will greatly regret. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristiina | 12/17/2013

    " I love the way Jane Kirkpatrick carefully researches real people then connects the dots into a novel. This series (with Flickering Light) is especially special b/c it is about her Grandma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 11/14/2013

    " It was all right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/3/2013

    " I am drawn to historical fiction and I liked the cover, but this book was just so-so. Too much of a romance and I couldn't see the attraction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/9/2013

    " This is Book Two of a series that tells the story of the author's grandmother's life. What a personal gift to their family to have this life documented. My mind can imagine the lives of my grandparents, but I would never be able to author such a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/8/2013

    " See my review and sign up for the giveaway over at My Own Little Corner of the World! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Felci | 8/2/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book because I like stories about families. The story also lead insights to early photography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 7/21/2011

    " Sequel to Kirkpatrick's Flickering Light. She based the story (in two books) on her grandmother's life. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/13/2011

    " I really liked reading about Jane's Grandmother. The details regarding photography were really great. Loved the ending, as well. Jane is an awesome writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/5/2010

    " This is Book Two of a series that tells the story of the author's grandmother's life. What a personal gift to their family to have this life documented. My mind can imagine the lives of my grandparents, but I would never be able to author such a good read. "

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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

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.