Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cindy Thomsen's Grace's Pictures ~ Reviewed

Grace's Pictures (Ellis Island)
Cindy Thomsen
Paperback: 7895 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414368437


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.


Grace McCaffery has managed to escape a life working in the factories in Ireland to make a fresh start in America. Her hope is to save enough money to bring her mother over as well. She is sponsored by a Christian organization bent on taking care of young Irish immigrant woman. She is excited and nervous to find herself a position as a maid and nanny for a family. In her free time, she invests her time taking pictures with her new Brownie Camera. However, without meaning to, she finds herself being pursued by local gangsters who think she is following them and taking pictures to give to the police. In the meantime, she is finding herself attracted to a local policeman, Owen McNulty, who is bent on coming to her aid, even when she doesn’t want his help.

This was a lovely story. I enjoyed watching Grace grown from a scared girl, alone in a new world, to a confident young woman. It was also nice to see her faith in the Lord grow, too. This was a great story and is very well written. I would love to see a sequel!

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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