“Grace’s Pictures” Ellis Island Novel by Cindy Thomson, book review
Grace is sent to American by her step father. She and her mother have been in an Irish workhouse since her father died and they were left with unpaid debts. Grace survived in the workhouse, but her mother wanted more for her daughter. While Grace is releaved to be out of the workhouse, she is very unsure of her new home, America.
Grace’s story is filled with all the good that Americans did during that time of mass imigration into the US. She is met at Ellis Island by a member of a benevolent society who cares for new imigrants, and assists with houseing, jobs and adjusting to life in the US. She is quickly employed as a nanny in the wealthy home of a church member. Grace is overwhelmed by all the differences in life here in the US, and dealing with memories of her early childhood. She has to learn the the police are to be trusted and will help those in need. She sees the extreme poverty that has befallen many immigrants and is thankful for her care and position.
While on Ellis Island, a photographer takes her picture. Later, her house mother introduces her to the photographer and her interest in photography is sparked. She is able to purchase a “brownie” camera and in her limited spare time learns to use it. But her interest in photography lands her in trouble with the local bad guys, when they think she is a spy for the police.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, had wonderful character development and enough action to keep the story moving. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.