By Cindy Thomson
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From Back Cover:
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.
I started this book after reading a very sad book, and found while this one was not much happier, it gives a great picture into the life of Irish in the early 1900’s. The author says in the back of the book, she tweaked a few historical details to write the story, the story seemed fairly accurate.
Grace seemed very naive, ignorant almost, but I believe that was from her past experiences in Ireland. She mistrusts even those that are kind to her and try to help her. Her fascination with cameras and picture taking just seems to get her into more and more messes, but also attracts the attention of a handsome young police officer. I found that the story moved slowly at times, but was sweet in the story of Grace learning that she needed to let go of some of her fear. I hope that later she grew to appreciate even what her stepfather did to help save her from the workhouse.
I had never read any books by this author before, but it was a great book, and one that I would recommend to any lover of historical fiction.
I received this book for review from Tyndale Blog Network, the opinions contained in it are my own.