Thursday, June 6, 2013

Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson

About the Book:

Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer.

But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted.

Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but the premise of this novel was so unique I had to take a peek.  Cindy Thomson captures the immigrant journey to America beautifully, and reminds us all of our roots and our heritage.

Grace is a well written character.  Her vulnerability combined with her determination results in a spunky, feisty heroine.  I appreciated her commitment to helping her mother achieve a better life and her sacrifices. 

Officer Owen is a breed apart.  He sacrifices his own personal wealth and comfort to help the less fortunate feel a bit safer on the public streets.  His interest in Grace is tender and sweet, and you can't help but love Owen from the moment you meet him.

You'll find a bit of suspense and danger in "Grace's Pictures", when some hoodlums mistakenly believe Grace has photo evidence of one of their crimes.  How far will they go to get that picture, and just how much can Owen protect Grace?

Will she finally learn to trust fully in God, or will Grace continue to lean on her own wit and determination?  And will Grace ever be able to bring her mother to America?

These are some of the questions answered within the pages of "Grace's Pictures".  I also enjoyed the history behind the camera and its development for the every day shutterbug like Grace.

There are a few moments when the story slows down a bit too much for my taste.  Grace's journey once she hits the shores of America seems to take forever, which is most likely true to life as it was then!

But the colorful descriptions and the historic detail makes up for the pacing of the novel, and I enjoyed my time with Grace and Owen.  I'm looking forward to more from Cindy Thomson.

I received an advance copy of "Grace's Pictures" via NetGalley from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  Recommended

Happy Reading!



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