Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Cara Putnam's Shadowed By Grace ~ Reviewed

Shadowed By Grace (Ill Be Seeing You Novel) [Paperback]
By Cara C. Putman (Author)
Pages 352
Binding Softcover
Release Date Dec 1, 2013
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Ill Be Seeing You Novel
ISBN 1433681781


"Shadowed by Grace "is a dramatic story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper's assignment to travel to Italy to capture images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive - 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. It's an unlikely situation for love and faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.


Shadowed by Grace is a story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II, who were dedicated to saving the art in Europe from destruction.  This story focuses on a young photographer named Rachel Justice, who goes to Italy to not only earn money to save her dying mother, but to find the father she never knew.  She is escorted by Scott Lindstrom, one of the men commissioned by the army to find and protect historic artwork.  Though they clash in the beginning, they learn to get along due to various circumstances that they are thrown into. 
This was an interesting story.  I had recently heard about the Monuments Men and was excited to read a book about it.  I really admired Rachel’s character.  Though she wanted to stay by her mother, she was willing to go halfway around the world to not only earn money to take care of her, but to also find the father she never met to see if he could help as well.  It would have been a scary to time to be in Italy, especially for a lone woman among so many men.  If you enjoy history and the Word War II era, you’ll find this book very enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers


Jeanne Norberg said...

I found the story line absurd and the ending very predictable

Kelly Klepfer said...

Thanks for sharing your frank opinion, Jeanne. Cara has lots of fans that probably disagree. But fiction is so very, very subjective, isn't it? There are genres I won't read because they aren't my cup of tea.

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