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.
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Review 1 for Grace's Pictures, Ellis Island Series #1 -eBook
I really, really wanted to like this book, and it seemed to have everything you'd want, a little mystery, a little romance, etc. Yet, it left me with much to be desired. The story focuses on Irish Immigrant, Grace McCaffery who comes to America alone in search of work. From the first few chapters, I felt she was she was quite oppressed, and distrustful brought on by a bully of a father or step-father, I was confused by whom exactly, and I was frustrated why her Christian Mother shipped her to America to begin with, instead of marrying a stranger that both Grace and she clearly dislike? I'm afraid I skimmed through quite a few pages, just tired of hearing Grace's continual doubts. Being an amateur photographer, I did love learning about the use of the Brownie Camera, but I was hungry for more historic content to be honest. Having seen Battery Park briefly, it would have been nice to include more locations. I felt like I was visiting NY in clipped pieces instead of in relaxed leisure. Overall the book was quite subdued for my taste and would be better read by a more adolescent audience.
*I received a free copy from the Publisher Tyndale in exchange for an honest, unbiased, non-profit review*
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Review 2 for Grace's Pictures, Ellis Island Series #1 -eBook
My review in two sentences: The gorgeous cover on Grace's Pictures is perfect for the story within. Grace McCaffery is an entirely appealing heroine, and her story is told so descriptively!
This book captures the timidity and fear of an new immigrant just come through Ellis Island, as well as the boldness and spirit needed to make a new life in America.
Grace comes to America with burdens to carry. Her young life in Ireland has included much suffering. A harsh father whose death sold her into the workhouse has left her believing that God doesn't love people like her. Her father considered her worthless, but her mother tells her she is smart, and strong and able. Grace has a hard time seeing those qualities in herself.
Grace's ambition is to work hard and earn enough money to free her mother from her second marriage, a marriage she entered so that Grace could be sent to America. Grace's rule for herself is to never trust policemen, for it was policemen who tore her from her mother and took her to the workhouse.
However, Grace never planned on meeting such a kindly police officer as Owen McNulty. Nor did she plan to fall in love with photography and purchase a one-dollar Brownie camera. And she never planned to cross the gang "the Dusters." From there is the story of Grace's Pictures.
This book is a delightful combination that intrigued me on may levels: I am part Irish, I am fascinated by police work, my best friend is a photographer, and I love historical novels.
Grace's Pictures is delightfully long and wonderfully descriptive, written in the just the right tone for Grace and at just the right pace for this period in history. I made a mistake in beginning Grace's Pictures so late in the evening the day it came, because once I started I did not want to close this book. I am happy to announce that this book has a home in my library, and this is a new series that I am eagerly watching for.
I am very blessed to have received an ARC from Cindy Thomson and Tyndale House to review early.