5 thoughts on “An Absence So Great (Portraits of the Heart, #2)

  1. The only reason I picked up this book was for a challenge. I didn’t realize that this was the second book, but it didn’t seem to matter, I was able to figure things out. In fact, I am glad that I didn’t read the first one as I know I would have had issues with it. The first book seemed to deal with the emerging relationship between Jessie and Fred. My issues with the relationship is that she was 15 and he was over 40, married and had kids closer in age to her than he was.

    The relationship and it

  2. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I usually love Jane Kirkpatrick’s books so I picked up this one with the attitude that it would be wonderful…not so.

    The whole time through the series I felt a dislike for the characters. I couldn’t stand Jessie because I felt she was extremely annoying and stupid. Why put yourself in situations where you know something can happen. Not very smart at alI.

    I didn’t like Fred because he was lusting after a young girl and stalking her everywhere she goes. Um Hello??? Alarms???!!! Let me just say..

  3. An Absence so Great by Jane Kirkpatrick caught my attention because it is about a young female photographer living in an early 1900 Midwest. Her journey particularly takes her to southeastern Wisconsin. A really interesting tidbit about this book is that it was inspired by actual photographs taken by the author’s grandmother. As you read through the book you will also see actual photos and get to read the story behind them. Jessie Gaebele’s continuing passion of photography keeps her connected t

  4. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I only give this book four stars because it is well written but the psychological and moral elements are where the book fails.
    I really liked Jessie in the last book but I began to get annoyed at her indifference to the harm she was doing to Fred’s family. I don’t believe she ever seriously considered that.
    Fred is even worse in this book than in the last. His manipulation is obsessive and reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo. He continually puts Jessie in the position of being supported by him

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