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Grace's Pictures

(Ellis Island #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  104 reviews
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 convi ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 2013)
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Brooke (i blog 4 books)
To be totally honest, I had mixed feelings about Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson while I read it, and I’m still having difficulty deciding what I feel now—even as I write this review.

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
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again as a fan of historical fiction I enjoyed this book. I was most interested in Grace's experiences and have to admit that I did get a bit bored with scenes that involved the NYPD. I almost found these portions to be melodramatic
Sydney Elaine
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to finish this, but it was very very boring. At least in my opinion.

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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this 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 commit
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Nothing bad in it. My Mom read this at the same time so I hunted down a Kodak Browning camera like in the book and bought it for her. I think she really liked it
Margaret Chind

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.

*This post has been updated with my new format
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Tyndale Review from Creative Madness Mama on the first book in the Ellis Island series from Cindy Thomson. An Irish Romance Grace's Pictures.
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

Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This 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 ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Grace McCaffrey leaves Ireland to start a new life in America. When she arrives at Ellis Island a photographer asks permission to take her picture. Grace hesitantly agrees and she accepts a business card from the photographer in case she would like to have the photo once it is developed. As she settles into her new life in New York she is inspired by the photographer and decides to buy her very own Brownie camera. As Grace ventures out to the streets of New York she is eager to take photos of un ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A sweet historical novel with a touch of danger that keeps you reading until the end.

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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Grace is an immigrant from Ireland who passes through Ellis Island in 1900. A poor young woman with no one to vouch for her in a big city, Grace is in constant peril of succumbing to the city's underside until she meets a young police officer on a mission to keep his beat safe for decent citizens, including Grace.

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
Bluerose's  Heart
3.5 stars

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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reading the summary and seeing the cover of this book I thought this would be a great story. I was wrong, it was SO boring. I kept reading on and on waiting for something adventurous to happen and it never really happened. Yeah, Grace and Owen got chased by these bad men but nothing - Oh my gosh! - happened. But on the positive side...

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
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Grace 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
Patricia Bond
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Grace's Pictures, by Cindy Thomson.

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
Sep 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Very poorly written book! Characters are very unbelievable and underdeveloped. The only thing that was interesting, were some of the facts of photography and its invention.
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
Susan Campbell
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this historical novel. I appreciate the strong characters especially Mrs. Hawkins. Today, we use our camera phones for practically everything so it was interesting to think about when cameras first were being used by individuals. Thanks for the history lesson on that Cindy!
When I read the summary of this novel, it sounded like a very interesting novel to me because of the time period (at the turn of the century 1900-1901 and Grace's interest in photography. However, the book itself was a disappointment in many ways. The writing felt very stilted and lacking in both depth and details in the plotline and character development. There was very little action even though the story involved New York police officers going after gangsters. I did find the portrayal of the c ...more
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
"I said I didn't understand why he allowed suffering, and that is still true. What I do know, Grace, is that he is here with us, guiding and providing, and he never changes, though the world around us and the people in our lives do. He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow."

Cindy Thomson, Grace's Pictures

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.

Psalm 105:4

Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With wonderful descriptions that made the surroundings come to life I felt transported back in time with Grace's Pictures. Then the author, Cindy Thomson, brings us deeper into the era with her descriptions of the crime, the new gadgets, and immigrant hardships.

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,
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Many times during the book it was as though the writer didn't finish a complete thought then moved on to the next sentence, the story didn't flow. Them seemed in a hurry to conclude everything in the epilogue without having built up to it during the book or having only planted the ideas of how you would hope things would work out but didn't explore getting there.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book! It had me laugh, crying and sitting on the edge of my seat. Cindy did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more by her.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Slow moving and a little boring.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Book Review: Grace’s Pictures

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
A.M. Heath
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: I waited so long to finally get to this one and I enjoyed it. There was natural setting, one that didn't make you feel like were visiting a fictional world but a real one. While there were areas where I felt that the main characters were inconsistent, the spiritual threads of redemption, trusting God, and finding your worth in Christ really shined here. 
I'm giving it 4 stars.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless Intrigue

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.
Kathleen E.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Friday, December 20, 2013
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grace was sent to live in a workhouse in Ireland after her mother was thrown out of their home. With no money, her mother was able to get Grace the opportunity to go to New York, where a church organization would help Grace find a job.

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
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grace’s Pictures is by Cindy Thomson. It is a story set in New York City with immigrants. It begins at Ellis Island and ends at Battery Park. It is the story of a young girl trying to figure out where she fits in the world and God’s place in her life. It is an interesting story that involves the Irish immigrants and how they were treated when they came to the US. The book helps you understand the corruption of police officers in New York City during the reign of Tammany Hall.
Grace McCafferty gr
Grace's Pictures is Book 1 of Cindy Thomson's Ellis Island Series
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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Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The widespread prejudice against the Irish, the horrible tenements for the thousands of immigrants, the corruption in the police force, the rampant crime - all these sad aspects of the early twentieth century are clearly depicted in the book. However, Thomson does a good job of balancing the bad with the good - charities that take in immigrants and help find them employment as they settle into a new country, police who are true to their calling and actively work to clean up the dangerous parts o ...more
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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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Cindy Thomson is the author of eight books, including her newest novel, Enya’s Son, third in the Daughters of Ireland series based on ancient legends. Being a genealogy enthusiast, she has also written articles for Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines, and children’s short stories for Clubhouse Magazine. She has also co-authored a baseball biography. Most everything she writes ref ...more

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