Tuesday, June 21

A Vision of Lucy: Laugh-out-Loud Fun Historical Fiction!

A Vision of Lucy was a very fun read.  Honestly, I could barely put it down and it often had me laughing out loud so that my hubby had to ask what was so funny and I had to oblige him by reading passages from its pages.  Lucy, an aspiring photographer, aspires to become the artist her mother was.  She dreams that everyone, especially her father, will recognize her gift for what it is.  In an attempt to capture a hard-to-get glimpse of the white stallion, a local legend, Lucy ends up coming face to face with a more recent legend: the Rocky Creek wild man.  The wild man, as you can imagine, turns out not to be wild at all... at least, he's certainly not as wild as the fiery red-head, Lucy!  In the middle of everything, Lucy gets into one silly mess after another and the Rocky Creek "wild man" is always showing up when she needs him.

A Vision of Lucy is probably not a book that will change your life, though it could.  It's good, fun entertainment with likeable characters.  There's not a whole lot of gospel in it but the characters do grow closer to God as a result of their trials and tribulations, and the relationship between Lucy and her earthly father is.... well, you'll have to read the book to find out!  I don't want to give it all away.

Besides being a nice story, the history about photography I learned was incredibly interesting and oftentimes very funny!  The author used wonderful quotes from an old 1870s book by photographer Miss Gertrude Hasslebrink.  They were so great that I found myself reading them out loud to my hubby.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Miss Hasslebrink's book The Trials and Travails of a Woman Photographer:

Never say "shoot" when you mean "photograph," especially when talking to a trigger-happy gunslinger.

 Allow yourself to be photographed with politicians, lawyers, or other scoundrels only under threat of death or other dire emergencies.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  For this reason a woman wishing to look appropriately domesticated for her Mail-Order Bride photograph should wear an apron and wield a kitchen utensil (preferably not a rolling pin.

You can read more at Amazon's website with their "look inside feature."  Check it out at A Vision of Lucy!

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