Book Review, “Grace’s Pictures,” Cindy Thomson author

Grace's pictures coverGrace’s Pictures, by Cindy Thompson, is the first book in the Ellis Island Novel series.  It is the story of a young Irish immigrant and a New York City police officer.

Grace McCaffery arrives at Ellis Island confused by the required procedures and the huge crowd.  But as she settles in to her new home and becomes more confidant, she decides to order a Brownie camera.  Unbeknownst to Grace, she takes a picture of a local gangster while practicing taking pictures and puts herself at risk.  As she becomes aware of the situation, she tries to avoid the gang, do well in her new job as a nanny, and find a way to bring her mother to America.  Owen McNulty, a local police officer and member of the church Grace attends, has a difficult time keeping Grace safe while catching the gang that threatens his section of the city.  This is made especially difficult with Grace’s extreme distrust of policemen.

I enjoyed this book.  Grace’s fear toward policemen brings to mind our own misplaced fears.  I felt that the characters were realistic, making me sympathize with their feelings as I read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction from the turn of the century.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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