Portraits of the Heart

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

A Flickering Light Publisher's Summary

Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother's photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman's pursuit of her dreams.

She took exquisite photographs,but her heart was the true image exposed. Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.

With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man's profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.

This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing - and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.

©2009 Jane Kirkpatrick (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • A Flickering Light

    • Portraits of the Heart, Book 1
    • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother's photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman's pursuit of her dreams.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical: Love of photography

    • By Dana C. Nicolay on 11-19-09

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 2

    • An Absence So Great

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    Regular price: $35.93