Grace's Pictures, Ellis Island Series #1 -eBook
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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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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Ellis Island
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Trixi4 Stars Out Of 5Irish immigration in 1900December 10, 2017TrixiQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This was an interesting story about a young woman embarking on a new life away from her beloved Ireland. Having been sent to America by her mother and stepfather who hope for better things for her and a new start for the future. I enjoyed the historical details the author includes and life in New York in a new century. Anything from the tenements where the very poor live to the hills where the very rich live and anywhere in-between. You get a glimpse of it all through Grace's eyes and the lenses of her new Brownie camera. I also enjoyed getting to know Mrs. Hawkins, a widow who runs the Irish immigrant charity house Grace lives in. She is wise and kind and helps guide Grace and the other girls to make a new life for themselves. She was probably my favorite character!
Owen was a police officer who is always striving to be above board and break the stereotypical mold for his profession. He vows to protect Grace when she accidentally takes a picture of the gang leader the police force has been after. Having some bad dealings with peelers, Grace is distrustful and wary of him. I wished there would have been more of a romantic feel between these two, but it never really developed like I had hoped! Owen is a good man, someone Grace can count on and learn to overcome her past with. I just imagined in the end that they eventually got together and had their happily-ever-after!
While not a bad story, it wasn't all together what I expected either. Like I said, I wished there was more of a romantic feel between Owen and Grace. And I also would have liked Grace's character to be more developed when it came to her settling down in her new role in life. Where she was more comfortable in her own skin, I guess is what I'm trying to say. She had so much more potential and opportunity to really shine!
All in all, it was a good story that I think any fan of historical reads would like. I did learn a lot about life in early 1900's and the author threaded a great spiritual theme within the pages. There's two other stories in the Ellis Island series that I'm interested in reading. I'd like to find out more about Annie, the other young lady staying at Mrs. Hawkins house.
*I received an advanced readers copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable read.June 19, 2014CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Interesting story of a young Irish immigrant who comes to New York to begin a new life. Although she's not looking for adventure she ends up in the middle of some dangerous situations. I like the way Christianity is woven into the story. Sometimes God seems far away but our lives are so much better when we trust him and let him lead.
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Very slow startMay 21, 2014tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Grace is living in a poorhouse in Ireland when she learns she's been sponsored to come to America. She has no skills and must rely on the kindness of her benefactors to make a living. But when she comes in contact with a photographer and a policeman, her life is changed forever.
The book had an incredibly slow start for me. I was almost half way through before I became engaged enough with the main characters to step into the story. It picked up after that and the characters came more alive. The main female character was a bit dark and depressing for most of the book. I actually enjoyed some of the back ground characters more. The author did a great job of portraying history and the lives of the immigrants, but failed at engaging me with the plot or characters. The romantic aspect of the story was almost non-existent for me. It felt very forced and rushed at the end. So overall this book was only an okay story for me.
I received this book free of charge from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A nice enjoyable readMay 12, 2014wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The title, and the cover, of this book drew me in because I, like Grace, love to take pictures and I once had a Brownie, only it was at least 50 years newer than Grace's. I really enjoyed the story and Cindy gave a look into the future with it. The idea of a photo being taken and then used to identify a crook or to use as evidence against someone was a stepping stone to where we are now with phone's that will take pictures, record voices and even movies that can be used for the same thing and even to manipulate people into doing things they don't want to do or to keep a secret you don't want anyone to find out about.
Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Didn't Meet ExpectationsJanuary 22, 2014Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Grace is an Irish young lady who travels the ocean to find a new life in America. When Grace arrives to New York she is captured on camera by a gentleman and so begins her interest in still pictures. Grace buys her first camera, a Brownie from Kodak, to be able to take snapshots of memorable moments. But when Grace is out in a park one day she happens to point her camera in the wrong direction and has a run-in with local gangsters called "The Dusters." Having had a traumatic time with the police force in her home country, Grace is hesitant to seek help from the New York Police department.
Owen McNulty, a New York Police Officer, is committed to helping those less fortunate and strives to "clean up" New York from crime, but Grace has a hard time believing he is genuine. Owen is quite taken with Grace, but is somewhat confused by her cold and disinterested attitude towards him. As he continues to be there for Grace during her struggles she begins to wonder if Owen is truly different from the other selfish policemen that she's had to deal with all of her life.
As Grace lives each day she must learn to place her faith and trust in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.
I had such high hopes for this book - the cover alone caught my attention and then when I read the back cover I thought for sure this would be a great read. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the middle of the book all I could think of was "Will I ever finish this?" The first part of the book seem to move at a good pace telling the story of Grace and sharing her pain and heartaches from working in a poor house and having to deal with dishonest cops. Then when she gets to New York we find that the most of the policemen there are just as crooked as they were in Ireland which gives Grace a low-view of men in general. She meets Owen McNulty, the honest Police Officer, and has a hard time letting her guard down with him, but when he is always there for her when she is in trouble it seems like maybe some romance will ignite, but then throughout the book they begin to have less and less contact with each other so that by the time they do realize their feelings for each other it seems a little forced. Grace is offered a position with a family, the Parker's, that has many "issues" from the mother not feeling like a mother and giving her children no love or interest to the father wanting his family to not be failures and not show emotion. Grace comes alongside this family as a nanny and begins to discover herself; she begins to see that she can be strong when she is scared. On to the gangsters called "The Dusters"... For me, they were not quite believable. The characters just didn't quite add up to what a gangster would have been like back then. All in all, I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. For me, the story fell flat.
*I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.*
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