An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Shara who won***
If I had to pick just one word to sum up what this book is it would be “intriguing”. As I was reading the book I didn’t realize it was all based on a real person’s life. After I’d finished reading the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it because it didn’t seem to have the ending I’d imagined or thought the author “should have wrote”. Once I realized that the author had written this story about her own grandmother, and that all the characters in the book were real and the events really did happen, my entire outlook changed. Because of course real life is virtually never wrapped up in the nice tidy box we like to get our stories in. I thought this look into Jessie’s life was fascinating, especially since I’m so interested in photography myself. I also really loved how the author switched back and forth from first person to third person using real photographs taken by Jessie. Although I wouldn’t really call this book “Christian” I found it extremely entertaining and interesting and would highly recommend it to anyone who would enjoy an interesting, original story about a determined young woman who lived in the early 1900s.
Luckily for you one lucky reader will win their very own copy of An Absence So Great!
But if you just can’t bear to wait you can pick this book, and many more up at
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only
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Tell me why you think you’d enjoy this book!
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I will choose the winner via contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.

Good Luck!!This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


  1. shara

    I think I would enjoy this book because you told me I would. LOL!! I do enjoy reading books from the “way back when” days so yep…I’m sure I’d enjoy it. I need to do some relaxed reading, anyway. Too much CRAZY stuff that I read every day. Give me something calm 🙂

  2. shara

    I already follow you on twitter – already a fan of your page.

  3. shara

    Tweeting now…

  4. Princess Golden Hair

    I’m actually reading a lot of books that involve stories from that time period.

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  5. Tracie

    I absolutely hope I win!!!

    I love books that are true or based on true stories….and the photography aspect has me intrigued.

  6. Tracie

    I follow you!

  7. Tracie

    I have all your buttons! 😉

  8. Tracie

    “Thanks for being honest with me” …..Greater Love by Robert Whitlow.

    (Best entry idea ever!)

  9. Nicole C.

    I would like this book because I love Jane Kirkpatrick books.


  10. Nicole C.

    I follow on gfc.


  11. Anonymous

    My hobby for the past 7 years has been learning about that time period. I would love to read a novel based on someone that lived during that time.

  12. mindy

    because it looks captivating thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  13. snowluvnferret

    I’m an avid reader and love books that take place during a differnt time.

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  14. vmkids

    I think this is a great read for summer I would love to find a big shade tree and relax

  15. Heidi Plummer

    I think I would like this book because I like to read! And I like reading about real people. It sounds interesting! 🙂

  16. Heidi Plummer

    I follow!

  17. Heidi Plummer

    I subscribe via RSS.

  18. Heidi Plummer

    I subscribe via email.

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    “The very last thing they would like to be is a ‘saint’, or a ‘sanctified’ man.” from Holiness by J. C. Ryle

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  21. Nanci

    I like non-fiction books.

  22. Smooshy

    i’m very interested in that time period!

  23. Sarah

    I’d like this book because I enjoy true stories and women’s history.

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  25. Erica

    I really like that it switched back and forth from first to third person. I think it would be really interesting that way.

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  26. Erica

    I follow you via GFC.

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  28. Tammy

    I love moving stories about women enduring.

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  30. Anonymous

    I like to read true stories and your review has got me wanting to read it!

  31. Melissa B.

    I love historical nonfiction.

  32. Anonymous

    I so enjoy non-fiction!

  33. Anonymous

    I enjoy reading non fiction. I could really use something uplifting these days. Charlotte

  34. Amanda S.

    I think I’d like this book because I love non-fiction, and the photography element makes it sound even more interesting!

    (email is in my profile)

  35. Roseann K.

    I just simply love to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. ktgonyea

    I LOVE to read 🙂

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  37. dreamcleavers
    i would enjoy it i think because of your review-you call it intriguing–the ending isn’t what you though-you have caught my interest now

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  41. dreamcleavers

    The Dead Republic–the leg was light; the straps were soft and soundless.

  42. lilyk

    I think I would enjoy this book because it sounds very interesting!

  43. lilyk

    I subscribed by email.

  44. Gianna

    I would!

  45. Atreau

    I love books based on true stories and this sounds like a good one.

  46. purango

    I would enjoy this book because I love real life stories. I would enjoy reading it.

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