Monday, July 28, 2014

"Grace's Pictures" by Cindy Thomson

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 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.

Series: Book #1 in the “Ellis Island” series {The second book is called “Annie’s Stories”.}

Spiritual Content- Psalm 105:4 in at the beginning; Grace thinks she’s not good enough for God; Reverend Clarke witnesses, and talks about God; A couple of Scriptures are quoted; someone says “for the love of St. Michael” once; a hymn is sung; Prayers; Talks about God, His Will, Trusting Him & why He lets things happen. Owen has a Faith and Grace re-gets hers.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blast’s, a ‘what the devil’, a ‘criminy’, an ‘idiot’, and a ‘shut up’; Grace gets called a ‘biddy’ seven times; Drinking & Smoking (but not by the main characters); Children are kidnapped (no details, everything works out fine)  

Sexual Content- Owen said he had seen the worst of people like “merciless men extorting money from ten- and eleven-year old prostitutes.”(no details); A baby is born (detailed); One semi-detailed kiss; And a very light romance theme--Love & Falling in love.

-Grace McCaffery
-Owen McNulty
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1900
                                                        389 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

“Grace’s Pictures” had a really unique storyline, but didn’t have action. It was a much slower paced novel, even the parts that I think were supposed to be heart-pounding, weren’t to me. The parts I did like and looked forward to was when she had her camera. 
As a fellow photographer, I enjoyed reading those parts. :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this review.

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