Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On My Nightstand - An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick

Author Jane Kirkpatrick researches ordinary women in history and writes fictionalized accounts of their lives. Stick around to the end of this post for a chance to win this book.

Young Jessie Gaebele's heart aches for a forbidden love, but also wants to do the right thing. As she sees it, her only recourse is to take a position helping the owners of a photographic studio affected by mercury poisoning. Maybe she can move on with her life by pursuing her dream to open her own studio.

All the activity in the world can't quell the memories threatening her plan. The more she runs, the more she encounters her past.

The author's attention to detail, historical references, and use of actual photographs tether the reader to the setting and time period. Thoughtful inner dialogue provokes reflection on life, forgiveness, and love.

This book is the second in her Portraits of the Heart Series. While it's a stand alone novel, reading the first book, "A Flickering Light," might enrich your understanding of, "An Absence So Great."

Now for the fun stuff! To enter the drawing, please comment and leave your email address in the spam-busting format: susanjreinhardt (at) ______ (dot) com. For a second entry, either identify yourself as a Follower or become a Follower of Christian Writer/Reader Connection. Due to regulations, the contest is open to U.S. Residents only. No purchase is required to enter this drawing. You have until Friday, April 2, 2010, at midnight. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, April 3, 2010. Notification will be made via email and the winner announced on the blog.

Please note: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

18 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

Another Kirkpatrick? You love her books. :-)
Enter me, please!
jessica_nelson7590 at yahoo DOT com

And congrats on all your interviews coming up! I hope you get the job that's a perfect fit.

kristen said...

I love books that weave lots of historical facts into the stories! Sounds fantastic.
Please enter me!!:)
kristengjohnson [at] gmail [dot] com

I'm a follower!!
Thanks

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Great to see you! Hope your time off provided refreshment and relaxation.

Uh-oh. Too much of a good thing?

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

Jane's masterful at writing what she calls, "Historical spec fiction." This book is based on her grandmother's life.

Blessings,
Susan :)

patti said...

I LOVE Kirkpatrick's gorgeous prose and cool plots. Will buy this one, but just wanted to say hi and prayers for that ideal job.

Blessings, Susan.

Patti

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Patti -

Yes, Jane's an amazing writer. Thanks for your prayers.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Anonymous said...

this book sounds like a great novel...i like the cover, too...thanks for the chance to read it.

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks for commenting and entering the drawing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Yebo! Sounds great!

T. Anne said...

Sounds perfect. I'm putting this in my to read list. Have a great day Susan!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

Did you want to enter the drawing? If so, I need your email.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi T. Anne -

Just a reminder, if you want to enter the drawing, I need your email.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, yes, I'd be delighted to win this book. Thank you, Susan.

jeanettelevellie(at)gmail(dot)com

I'm a follower!!! YES!

Lynn said...

Susan,
I can't enter because I am Canadian but I do look forward to reading this. Since I'm an amatuer photographer, that the writings are corresponded with pictures, is intriguing to me. Thanks for the recommendation.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Thanks for entering the drawing. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynn -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wish you could enter, but we have to follow the rules.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Janna Qualman said...

Susan, you're so good with your reviews. And I love that title!

I'd enter, but I've got so many books on my plate right now. Thank you!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I know it's hard to find time to read. :)

Blessings,
Susan

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