Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.
With wonderful descriptions that made the surroundings come to life I felt transported back in time with Grace's Pictures. Then the author, Cindy Thomson, brings us deeper into the era with her descriptions of the crime, the new gadgets, and immigrant hardships.
So many great charactors in this book but I fell in love with the character Grace. Her background growing up just broke my heart. I couldn't even imagine such hardship. She had a way to overcome though and I love it. Yet, like all of us, she still had to find a way to forgive and realize not everyone is the same.
Grace's Pictures was a page turner I couldn't put down. A wonderful wonderful historical novel.