Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jane Kirkpatrick Book Review

I recently had the opportunity to review two of Jane Kirkpatrick's books, A Flickering Light and Aurora. I hadn't read any of her previous works, but I was intriguied by her use of word play and riveting detail that draws you into the lives of the characters and the story she is presenting.

A Flickering Light is the story of fifteen year old Jessie Gaebele, a German girl who is struggling, with the rest of her family, to earn what their sick father is unable to. When the opportunity arises for her to work in a photography studio, learning more about her "dream career" she jumps at the chance, even though it means making sacrifices until she has completed the apprenticeship. She proves to be quick at learning the tricks of the trade, but not at mastering her own heart.

Aurora is set in the mid 1800's, and is the story of an Oregon utopian community by the same name. The photographs in Aurora are spectacular, showcasing many of their crafts and quilting, showing the people and stories of the community.

Overall, both books were wonderful and a great addition to the summer reading list of anyone interested in the culture of the mid-1800's.

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