Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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 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.

My Review:

Thomson had me at Irish immigrant and Ellis Island. My Irish heritage is always clamouring for more Irish heroes and heroines. Erin Go Bragh! In addition, this turn of the century historical has an incredibly unique twist that adds the spice of suspense to an already gripping tale.

The depth in characterization and the impossible but historically accurate situations made this a riveting read. It wasn't long before I was lost in another place and time, riveted by emotions that leapt off the page and wrapped around my heart. Grace has a traumatic past to overcome and her unwillingness to trust brings her close to disaster more then a time or two.

Grace's Pictures will evoke images and feelings you won't soon forget. It is a moving tribute to the courageous immigrants who made their way across Ellis Island in the hopes of creating a new and better life. An exceptional read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Grace's Pictures, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 21 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


  1. I also am of Irish heritage. I was in New York once, but wasn't able to view Ellis Island. Just think of all the lives impacted by going through there.

  2. I'm an Irish gal too.

  3. Yayyyy for fellow Irish women!!!!! Good luck you two!

  4. sounds like a great book that i would love to win

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  5. Have Irish heritage too. My grandmother grew up in New York and she knew a lot of Irish songs. Would to read this exceptional book.


  6. I'm not Irish but I love to read about Ireland. Count me in on this one..rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

  7. This sounds like the perfect read for me since I love taking pictures! :) thanks for the review!


  8. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. I also have an Irish heritage, but my family came through PEI and eventually ended up settling in Maine. I added Grace's Pictures to my reading wishlist a few weeks ago, after I had read an interview with the author. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    Tammi in Maine

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

  10. Beautiful cover! I look forward to reading this book...


  11. Us Irish folk are scattered hither and yon!! Good luck everyone, whether you're Irish or not!

  12. This one looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Looks like a wonderful story - thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Love the cover. I like reading about the Irish folks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Karen G.

  15. I enjoy Irish books! Sounds wonderful!

  16. I've got some Irish roots too! Looking forward to this one!


  17. An interesting review Kav. I would love a chance to win this book and read the whole story. Thanks. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  18. This sounds like a very good book that I would enjoy reading. Thanks for your review and the chance to win a copy of Grace's Pictures.


  19. Thanks for the review. Putting this one on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  20. Hope I'm not late for this giveaway. This sounds like a very good book and would love a chance to win. Thanks.

  21. Eliis Island is a favorite place to visit when I am in NYC. I love stories about Immigrants. Add me please!
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com