Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shadowed by Grace

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Cara Putman Shadowed By Grace Monuments Men

Book Info and review
Author: Cara C. Putman
Publisher: Broadman and Holman
January 2014
ISBN:   978-1433681783
Genre: Historical / WWII

She found peace in a time of war.

Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper's assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel's real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew, an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive at such a desperate time.

In her quest, Rachel becomes involved with what will become the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon enough she will find more than she ever imagined---in war, in love, and in God.

SHADOWED BY GRACE is the newest book by Ms. Putman.  I enjoyed getting to know Rachel and Scott. Rachel is a strong heroine, disobeying her dying mother’s advice to not delve into the past, she talks her boss into allowing her to go into a war-torn country and photograph images. Despite his misgivings he gives in. But shooting photographs is not Rachel’s real reason for going. Finding her birthfather is. Because only he will be able to pay for the necessary care to restore her mother to health.

Scott is in Italy to help save the monuments of the country—those that the German’s didn’t steal and the soldier’s (both sides) didn’t destroy.  But he meets with a lot of resistance as no one is sure who to trust – and how can he guarantee to keep it safer then they can buried deep in caves and other remote places.

I have never heard of the monument men before and it was interesting to read about this little known side of WWII. I enjoy reading stories about this time period. The story is slow moving, despite the danger the characters find themselves in routinely. There isn’t a whole lot of edge-of-the-seat excitement.

Ms. Putman is a talented writer and I’m glad to have another book by her cross my path. I’m also looking forward to reading more about the monument men in WWII.  If you are a fan of Putman, Ms. Goyer’s WWII books, sarah Sundin, or Dan Walsh etal  then you’ll want to pick up SHADOWED BY GRACE. $14.99. 352 pages. 4 stars.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/sCIbG

About the author: Cara C. Putman graduated high school at 16, college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. The best-selling author of more than a dozen books, Cara is active in women's ministry at her church, teaches graduate courses at Purdue University, practices law, and is a homeschooling mom. She lives with her husband and 4 children in Indiana.

Learn more about Cara at: http://caraputman.com

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1 comment:

Cara Putman said...

Laura, thanks so much for being part of the tour. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the book!

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