Summary

Did photography replace an absence in her life or expose the truth of her heart's emptiness?
While growing in confidence as a photographer, 18-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebeles personal life is at a crossroads. Hoping shes put an unfortunate romantic longing behind her as water under the bridge, she exiles herself to Milwaukee to operate photographic studios for those owners who have fallen ill with mercury poisoning.
Jessie gains footing in her dream to one day operate her own studio and soon finds herself in other Midwest towns, pursuing her profession. But even a job she loves can't keep painful memories from seeping into her heart when the shadows of a forbidden love threaten to darken the portrait of her life.
©2010 Jane Kirkpatrick (P)2010 Random House
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"Jane Kirkpatrick's attention to detail and ability to craft living, breathing characters immerses the reader into her story world. I come away entranced, enlightened, and enriched after losing myself in one of her novels." (Kim Vogel Sawyer , best-selling author of My Heart Remembers)
"In An Absence So Great, Jane's and I am one of her most faithful of them will be swept up in Jessie Gaebele's struggle for independence against a backdrop of prejudice and forbidden love, beautifully written by one of America's favorite storytellers." (Sandra Dallas, author of Prayers for Sale)
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