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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739435841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345444844
  • ASIN: 0345444841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When she turns 17 on December 7, 1941, Maddy has no inkling how her life is about to change. Surprisingly, she is allowed to accompany her enlisted brother Davey's wife Ruth to Miami until he ships out. They end up staying, and chapters told in the girls' alternating voices, sprinkled with local headlines, chronicle their emotional and financial struggles. The title refers to a photo taken of Ruth, Davey, Maddy, Maddy's new love, and several of Davey's friends, taken on the eve of the men's departure. Ruth sees changes in the photo, such as Maddy in tears or a soldier disappearing, which nobody else sees. This is how she finds out that Maddy was raped that last night, that she is pregnant, that Davey's best friend has been captured, and that Frankie, Maddy's attacker, is dead. Ellis' second novel is packed with period details, from the Lone Ranger on the radio to rationing and war bond sales; without these clues, it is a heartfelt saga that could have taken place during any war, as recently as today. Deborah Donovan
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“A powerful, emotional story, whose reflection of families in war-time is relevant today.”
Romantic Times

“An exciting World War II tale that vividly brings to life the home front. . . . Ellis provides fans of historical tales with a powerfully timely descriptive look at mostly 1942 America.”
—The Midwest Book Review

“A HEARTFELT SAGA . . . PACKED WITH PERIOD DETAILS.”
Booklist

“Stunning . . . The poignant tale of two women, sisters of the heart, who share their lives while the men they love march off to war. . . . If you only purchase one hardcover book this summer, I recommend it be The Photograph.”
—Romance Fiction Forum

“Displaying a talent that makes The Photograph difficult to put down, Virginia Ellis threads together an interesting backdrop of historic World War II events that help make this book unforgettable.”
—www.ReaderToReader.com


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On the advice of a friend I read this book.
Gigi Fufu
Ms. Ellis brought alive an era with wonderful characters I wish I had known and, indeed, feel as if I do.
Karen White
I very highly recommend this read, especially if you like war period romantic type books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Attic on July 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Once again Virginia Ellis captures the tone of a past era. This time she takes us to the 1940s and WWII. Who would have thought an author with the ability to bring the late 1800s alive could do the same for an era many of our parents lived through? But she does it with grace and style and a compelling characters. This is a story once again about woman who band together in crisis. It's a theme obviously close to Ms. Ellis' heart, one she understands and portrays beautifully.
If you loved The Wedding Dress, than you'll love The Photograph. And if you've read neither, treat yourself. BOth are books you'll read more than once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gigi Fufu on November 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
On the advice of a friend I read this book. I was very glad I did. The story takes place during WWII when Maddie and her sister-in-law Ruth move to Miami to be closer to Ruth's husband before he departs for war. Although they intend to be in Miami for just a short period of time, a tragedy happens and they continue to live there until after the war.

The author is very gifted at developing people who you genuinely grow to love. Ruth and Maddie are finely drawn characters, as are Tully, Jack, Davey, the Silers, and even Maddie's mother. Ellis also does a great job at telling a good story. This one has it all: heartbreak, loss, fear, motherhood, love, friendship and family.

She also does a very credible job of making us feel that we are present during WWII and we can understand the hardships, uncertainties and deprivations that the main characters are going through. I also found it interesting how close Maddie and Ruth became and how loyal they were to each other.

Whatever your reading interests are, I am sure you will be charmed by this sweet and unassuming book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on October 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
December 7, 1941. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the day Maddy Marshall turned seventeen. Maddy had lived a relatively quiet small town life in Radley, Pennsylvania, until now. Suddenly her fiancé has announced that he has joined the Navy and is leaving. Her brother Davey had joined the Marines previously and is getting ready for Paris Island. So all within one week Maddy is left with her mother, Davey's wife (Ruth), and heartache ... until that fateful letter arrives and Maddy's life changes forever.

Miami brings a whole new world to Maddy and Ruth. It also changes their lives. As these two sisters of the heart find themselves in trials they never dreamed of, their bong grows stronger. But will one fateful night, down at the pier, and the photograph be too much for the sisters as they wait for their men to come home?

***** Romance, intrigue, and heartfelt bonds set the stage for this wonderful saga that brought me into the world of these two women. Author Virginia Ellis has a way of bringing a time long gone to life again. I definitely loved this book. If you are looking for a good heartfelt book to help pass the winter away, then pick this one! *****

Reviewed by K. Blair
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved "The Wedding Dress" and was very excited when I learned of Ms. Ellis' new book "The Photograph". Even with it being much lengthier than her first, I had it read in only a few short days! Like her first book, the writing is so captivating that I couldn't stop reading. Every free moment was spent with Maddy, Ruth and their unfolding deception amid their heart-felt dreams. When I was not reading, I was thinking of them, knowing them so well that they seemed good friends of mine. Ms. Ellis is a talented writer who keeps me wanting more. I am anxious for her next book!
The only complaint (if you can call it that) that I have about The Photograph is that the ending seemed too accelerated. After spending so much time with the characters, it seemed as though it got wrapped up too quick in the end... it's really a compliment, I guess, that I would have rather spent another chapter or two with them! A true feel good story that will capture your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cranberry on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I loved feeling of togetherness and support evoked by the description of WW II civilian life and sacrifice. I'd never realized Miami had such a WW II presence. This book made me want to visit. This would be a good movie or tv series.
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