Grace's Pictures

Grace s Pictures 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 won

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  • Title: Grace's Pictures
  • Author: Cindy Thomson
  • ISBN: 9781414368436
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 conviGrace 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.

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    1. To be totally honest, I had mixed feelings about Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson while I read it, and I’m still having difficulty deciding what I feel now—even as I write this review.Initially, I thought I would absolutely love the book. The descriptions of Grace’s initial experiences in America—New York City, Ellis Island, the immigration process, and trying to find her “place” in this new country—were incredible. It felt so realistic to me. The story moved quickly at first, as [...]

    2. Again as a fan of historical fiction I enjoyed this book. I was most interested in Grace's experiences and have to admit that I did get a bit bored with scenes that involved the NYPD. I almost found these portions to be melodramatic

    3. I really wanted to finish this, but it was very very boring. At least in my opinion.I was initially very excited to read this, the story seemed exciting and the cover was (well, is) very pretty. But unfortunately I got very bored around the halfway mark. The plot got very flat and drawn out. Mrs. Hawkins annoyed me with her use of "love" every other sentence (as in "It'll be alright, love."). I was expecting a sweet romance at least by the halfway mark, but when I got to 70% I still did not get [...]

    4. 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 comm [...]

    5. Great book. Nothing bad in it. My Mom read this at the same time so I hunted down a Kodak Browning camera like in the book and bought it for her. I think she really liked it

    6. Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.*This post has been updated with my new formaton February 9th, 2016, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.*When I was preparing the Coming Soon from the Pen post featuring historical Irish-fiction author Cindy Thomson, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace's Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my shelf it seems to have e [...]

    7. Grace McCaffrey leaves Ireland to start a new life in America. When she arrives at Ellis Island a photographer asks permission to take her picture. Grace hesitantly agrees and she accepts a business card from the photographer in case she would like to have the photo once it is developed. As she settles into her new life in New York she is inspired by the photographer and decides to buy her very own Brownie camera. As Grace ventures out to the streets of New York she is eager to take photos of un [...]

    8. Grace is an immigrant from Ireland who passes through Ellis Island in 1900. A poor young woman with no one to vouch for her in a big city, Grace is in constant peril of succumbing to the city's underside until she meets a young police officer on a mission to keep his beat safe for decent citizens, including Grace.This book felt long. It dragged. It kept going and going. The plot suffers drastically from a lack of contrast between the emotional highs and lows of the story. Grace is starving, home [...]

    9. 3.5 starsHonestly, I have mixed feelings about Grace's Pictures! It's such a wonderful book to open ones eyes to the life of an immigrant during the early 1900s. The historical detail is marvelous! I enjoyed the education on "early" cameras. That's not something I get to read about everyday! Learning a bit more about the world of police officers during that time period was also fun.Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time getting into the book, though. I didn't completely connect with the writ [...]

    10. Reading the summary and seeing the cover of this book I thought this would be a great story. I was wrong, it was SO boring. I kept reading on and on waiting for something adventurous to happen and it never really happened. Yeah, Grace and Owen got chased by these bad men but nothing - Oh my gosh! - happened. But on the positive sideLove, love, love the cover of the book! And I love the lesson that you can learn from this story. Grace struggles with thinking that God doesn't love her enough to lo [...]

    11. Grace is living in a poorhouse in Ireland when she learns she's been sponsored to come to America. She has no skills and must rely on the kindness of her benefactors to make a living. But when she comes in contact with a photographer and a policeman, her life is changed forever.The book had an incredibly slow start for me. I was almost half way through before I became engaged enough with the main characters to step into the story. It picked up after that and the characters came more alive. The m [...]

    12. I really enjoyed reading Grace's Pictures, by Cindy Thomson.It is the story of Grace Mc Caffery who is sent to America by her mother, for a chance at a better life form that in Ireland. The story in set in New York City during the 1900'sWhen Grace arrives at Ellis Island in New York City her picture is taken by a photographer, and she becomes interested in photography and purchases a Brownie camera to take snapshops.The book follows Grace as she settles into life in New York, as a nanny and hous [...]

    13. Very poorly written book! Characters are very unbelievable and underdeveloped. The only thing that was interesting, were some of the facts of photography and its invention.The main character is such a weakling! She doesn't have a any sense. Seriously! I was so frustrated with her for being so oblivious (or should I say plain dumb) in many situations, where it was obviously easy to see what to do! If you have been reading modern authors of christian fiction books all your life maybe you would be [...]

    14. This was an interesting story about a young woman embarking on a new life away from her beloved Ireland. Having been sent to America by her mother and stepfather who hope for better things for her and a new start for the future. I enjoyed the historical details the author includes and life in New York in a new century. Anything from the tenements where the very poor live to the hills where the very rich live and anywhere in-between. You get a glimpse of it all through Grace's eyes and the lenses [...]

    15. "I said I didn't understand why he allowed suffering, and that is still true. What I do know, Grace, is that he is here with us, guiding and providing, and he never changes, though the world around us and the people in our lives do. He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow."Cindy Thomson, Grace's PicturesLook to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.Psalm 105:4Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. [...]

    16. With wonderful descriptions that made the surroundings come to life I felt transported back in time with Grace's Pictures. Then the author, Cindy Thomson, brings us deeper into the era with her descriptions of the crime, the new gadgets, and immigrant hardships.So many great charactors in this book but I fell in love with the character Grace. Her background growing up just broke my heart. I couldn't even imagine such hardship. She had a way to overcome though and I love it. Yet, like all of us, [...]

    17. Many times during the book it was as though the writer didn't finish a complete thought then moved on to the next sentence, the story didn't flow. Them seemed in a hurry to conclude everything in the epilogue without having built up to it during the book or having only planted the ideas of how you would hope things would work out but didn't explore getting there.

    18. I loved, loved, loved this book! It had me laugh, crying and sitting on the edge of my seat. Cindy did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more by her.

    19. Book Review: Grace’s PicturesAuthor: Cindy ThomsonReview by Grace OlsonThe U.S.A. has often been called a mixing pot because of the fact that many of our ancestors are immigrants. In fact, if you’re not of Native American descent, then you are probably an implant yourself. Many of our ancestors who came to this land of opportunity came through Ellis Island. It’s a place that is very familiar in immigrant history. Grace’s Pictures is a novel that follows the life of a young lady from Irel [...]

    20. Timeless IntrigueOne of the main characters in this book is an object, a precursor of one that sits in almost every pocket or rests in hands of young and old alike. And this character is key in so many ways. Cindy Thomson's tale of the Irish immigrants who landed here so long ago is also timely in today's climate. Learning more about my own heritage challenges me to dig even deeper. I've certainly seen the spirit of these overcomers in my own family. I've read book #2. Now, on to #3.

    21. Friday, December 20, 2013Grace's Pictures ~ an Ellis Island novel by Cindy Thomson, ©2013Officer Owen McNulty is new to his ward. Originally from high-society, he is not so well received as the Irish officers who have come up in the ranks. He remembers the day he knew his mission. It was the day Officer Dan O'Toole died while running to save a little russet-haired immigrant girl out of the path of a fast approaching streetcar at the curve ~ Dead Man's Curve ~ at Broadway. Owen's life calling be [...]

    22. Grace was sent to live in a workhouse in Ireland after her mother was thrown out of their home. With no money, her mother was able to get Grace the opportunity to go to New York, where a church organization would help Grace find a job.It always amazes me how these young people left their homes and families, got on a ship, and traveled across the sea, never truly knowing what would be awaiting them on the other side. What bravery that took!Grace is taken to Reverend Clarke, a man of God who helps [...]

    23. Grace’s Pictures is by Cindy Thomson. It is a story set in New York City with immigrants. It begins at Ellis Island and ends at Battery Park. It is the story of a young girl trying to figure out where she fits in the world and God’s place in her life. It is an interesting story that involves the Irish immigrants and how they were treated when they came to the US. The book helps you understand the corruption of police officers in New York City during the reign of Tammany Hall.Grace McCafferty [...]

    24. Grace's Pictures is Book 1 of Cindy Thomson's Ellis Island SeriesPublished June 2013Tyndale House PublishersFascinating look into the life of Grace, a newly arrived Irish immigrant to America, at the turn of the century 1900-1901. The effects of her father's emotional and psychological abuse have long lasting and far reaching effects. At nineteen she is still dealing with the emotional scars and valiantly battling the lies that rise to confront her every step into her future in this new land.I l [...]

    25. The widespread prejudice against the Irish, the horrible tenements for the thousands of immigrants, the corruption in the police force, the rampant crime - all these sad aspects of the early twentieth century are clearly depicted in the book. However, Thomson does a good job of balancing the bad with the good - charities that take in immigrants and help find them employment as they settle into a new country, police who are true to their calling and actively work to clean up the dangerous parts o [...]

    26. Grace's Pictures is written by Cindy Thomson , and published by Tyndale House PublishingAbout the Book: Hardcover: 392 pages Publisher: Tyndale Language: English ISBN- 978-1-4143-8394-1 Retail Price: 12.99 Tour Dates: 06/06 - 06/28Grace 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 str [...]

    27. This is the first book I've ever read by Cindy, and while I wasn't sure what to expect from this new author, I was very impressed and loved every page of Grace's Pictures! It didn't take my long to begin to realize just how much I love this story. I loved all the characters as well as the unique story line and found it to be a page-turning read. One of my favorite things about this book is how it was a low-romance. There was just enough at the very end to add a nice touch to the story, but the m [...]

    28. A sweet historical novel with a touch of danger that keeps you reading until the end.I love history so when I saw this book featured a heroine from Ireland, my favorite country to read about outside of the U.S I jumped at the chance to review it. Grace's Pictures brought up some I history that I, quite frankly, had never thought of. Sitting here with my little touch-screen Nikon with its pink case and Marylin Monroe neck strap, I never really thought about what it would be like for people when t [...]

    29. The description of this story really captured my attention, immediately drawing a grand picture in my mind of the potential fun that could be had with the scenario. Unfortunately, the execution of the plot fell somewhat flat and left me rather disappointed.The story started out well enough, and initially I liked Grace and Owen, the two main characters. Their interactions were entertaining, especially when Grace was still fresh off the boat from Ireland. But somewhere along the way, perhaps aroun [...]

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