A FLICKERING LIGHT
Readers will be happy at the end of Kirkpatrick's new offering, a coming-of-age story about a woman in a profession that was once considered a man's job. The characters have many layers for the reader to peel away as they learn their strengths and weaknesses. The author truly makes the characters come alive.
In 1907 Minnesota, Jessie Ann Gaebele is happiest when she's snapping pictures of the state's beautiful landscapes. No one understands why she's obsessed with becoming a professional photographer except F.J. Baue, who offers her a job as his apprentice.
Jessie may be skilled at using dangerous chemicals, but she doesn't know much about love, and she falls hard for her mentor. Even though he's married, she cannot help herself. Jessie will need to find a way to get her feelings under control if she wants to keep her dream alive. (WATERBROOK, Apr., 400 pp., $13.99)