Saturday, March 27, 2010
My Review: An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick is a beautifully written book of historical fiction loosely based on the author’s grandmother. The story revolves around Jesse, a young girl in the early 1900s trying to make her mark in the field of photography on her own, but finds it difficult as a woman without legal rights. Her connection and insight into the photographs is what made the story interesting and compelling. This book is being marketed as part of a Christian Fiction Series, but if you are looking for Christian fiction I do not recommend this book. My reasons are printed at the bottom of this page because they contain spoilers.
I have one copy of this book to giveaway. You must be a follower of this blog, US only, and the drawing will be Midnight April 3, 2010. Leave a comment below with your email address (and don’t read the spoilers below!!!).
Please note - SPOILERS BELOW:
An Absence So Great (Christian Fiction Series) I have never put a spoiler in one of my reviews before and hope I never feel the need to do so again. If you are looking for Christian Fiction, this book is NOT what you are looking for. The book treats those of faith as out of touch with the “modern” world and heartless because they are angry with Jesse for her adulterous affair. The wife of her lover is a woman of faith, but feeble minded because she is grieving the loss of her child . She is also trying to seduce her counselor pastor. Personal Rant: I know what it is like to lose a child, and the author's depiction of the grieving mother is insulting.
The story was disappointing to me because time after time Jessie made poor decisions in her life. Even when I knew what the conclusion would be, I kept hoping the character would make the right and moral choice. The most disturbing part was when the author used scripture to try to justify an adulterous affair and bigamy.
I have a copy of this book to giveaway, but please note that I do not consider this as Christian fiction because of the immorality portrayed as good and righteous. The writing is good, but the story is disappointing. If you would still like a copy of this book, follow the instructions above and leave a comment with your email address.
I received an advanced reader copy and a giveaway copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.