Initially, I thought I would absolutely love the book. The descriptions of Grace’s initial experiences in America—New York City, Ellis Island, the immigration process, and trying to find her “place” in this new country—were incredible. It felt so realistic to me. The story moved quickly at first, as Grace finds a ...more
I was initially very excited to read this, the story seemed exciting and the cover was (well, is) very pretty. But unfortunately I got very bored around the halfway mark. The plot got very flat and drawn out. Mrs. Hawkins annoyed me with her use of "love" every other sentence (as in "It'll be alright, love.").
I was expecting a sweet romance at least by the halfway mark, but when I got to 70% I still did not get ...more
“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 commit ...more
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When I was preparing the Coming Soon from the Pen post featuring historical Irish-fiction author Cindy Thomson, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace's Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my Goodreads shelf it seems
I love history so when I saw this book featured a heroine from Ireland, my favorite country to read about outside of the U.S., I jumped at the chance to review it.
Grace's Pictures brought up some I history that I, quite frankly, had never thought of. Sitting here with my little touch-screen Nikon with its pink case and Marylin Monroe neck strap, I never really thought about what it would be like for people when ...more
This book felt long. It dragged. It kept going and going. The plot suffers drastically from a lack of contrast between the emotional highs and lows of the story. Grace is starving, home ...more
Honestly, I have mixed feelings about Grace's Pictures! It's such a wonderful book to open ones eyes to the life of an immigrant during the early 1900s. The historical detail is marvelous! I enjoyed the education on "early" cameras. That's not something I get to read about everyday! Learning a bit more about the world of police officers during that time period was also fun.
Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time getting into the book, though. I didn't completely connect with the writ ...more
Love, love, love the cover of the book! And I love the lesson that you can learn from this story. Grace struggles with thinking that God doesn't love her enough to ...more
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 ...more
It is the story of Grace Mc Caffery who is sent to America by her mother, for a chance at a better life form that in Ireland. The story in set in New York City during the 1900's
When Grace arrives at Ellis Island in New York City her picture is taken by a photographer, and she becomes interested in photography and purchases a Brownie camera to take snapshops.
The book follows Grace as she settles into life in New York, as a nanny and hous ...more
The main character is such a weakling! She doesn't have a any sense. Seriously! I was so frustrated with her for being so oblivious (or should I say plain dumb) in many situations, where it was obviously easy to see what to do! If you have been reading modern authors of christian fiction books all your life maybe you would be ...more
Cindy Thomson, Grace's Pictures
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As ...more
So many great charactors in this book but I fell in love with the character Grace. Her background growing up just broke my heart. I couldn't even imagine such hardship. She had a way to overcome though and I love it. Yet, like all of us, ...more
Author: Cindy Thomson
Review by Grace Olson
The U.S.A. has often been called a mixing pot because of the fact that many of our ancestors are immigrants. In fact, if you’re not of Native American descent, then you are probably an implant yourself. Many of our ancestors who came to this land of opportunity came through Ellis Island. It’s a place that is very familiar in immigrant history. Grace’s Pictures is a novel that follows the life of a young lady from Ireland who ...more
I'm giving it 4 stars.
One of the main characters in this book is an object, a precursor of one that sits in almost every pocket or rests in hands of young and old alike. And this character is key in so many ways. Cindy Thomson's tale of the Irish immigrants who landed here so long ago is also timely in today's climate. Learning more about my own heritage challenges me to dig even deeper. I've certainly seen the spirit of these overcomers in my own family. I've read book #2. Now, on to #3.
Grace's Pictures ~ an Ellis Island novel by Cindy Thomson, ©2013
Officer Owen McNulty is new to his ward. Originally from high-society, he is not so well received as the Irish officers who have come up in the ranks. He remembers the day he knew his mission. It was the day Officer Dan O'Toole died while running to save a little russet-haired immigrant girl out of the path of a fast approaching streetcar at the curve ~ Dead Man's Curve ~ at Broadway. Owen's life calling bec ...more
It always amazes me how these young people left their homes and families, got on a ship, and traveled across the sea, never truly knowing what would be awaiting them on the other side. What bravery that took!
Grace is taken to Reverend Clarke, a man of God who helps ...more
Grace McCafferty gr ...more
Published June 2013
Tyndale House Publishers
Fascinating look into the life of Grace, a newly arrived Irish immigrant to America, at the turn of the century 1900-1901. The effects of her father's emotional and psychological abuse have long lasting and far reaching effects. At nineteen she is still dealing with the emotional scars and valiantly battling the lies that rise to confront her every step into her future in this new land.
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|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Nov 19, 2014 04:32PM|
|¿Por qué no una traducción al Español?||1||1||Oct 22, 2014 03:55PM|
|Goodreads Ireland: Ellis Island and Irish Immigrants||1||12||Sep 20, 2014 10:14AM|
|Translation into Spanish, why not?||2||5||Jul 08, 2014 07:19PM|
|Q&A with Author C...: Overcoming Negative Messages||1||3||Nov 15, 2013 12:28PM|
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