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 the first fiction book I have read by Cara C. Putman and I enjoyed it. This book focuses on the Monument Men of World War II and the artifacts that went missing during WWII and how the United States soldiers worked to find them. Photographer Rachel finds herself teamed up with Monuments Man Scott Lindstrom as they head north in Italy. As they travel, they encounter locals who either welcome or distrust them, and pillaged Catholic churches. They help where they can, and Rachel takes photographs of the devastation. They eventually reach the castle of Montegufoni, where many works from Florence were hidden for safety during the war. It is there that they meet a former associate of Scott’s, a man who may hold the key to Rachel’s personal history.
As most familiar with my blog know, I am a huge Historical Fiction fan! I love to read these books that have fact and fiction weaved together. Cara C. Putman writes with authority about the world during WWII especially Italy, Germany, and The United States, the jobs of Monument Men, the military during WWII, and works of art of Italy. As I read this book I could see these works of art in my mind from the vivid descriptions through out this book. I enjoyed the characters in this book especially Rachel. Her determination and dedication to her art were heart warming. Also her journey to finding God in her life again especially through Scott's display of faith. I felt like I was there watching the events unfold. I loved the historical facts that went into this book. I learned quite a bit about WWII I didn't know. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I give this book 4 stars! I look forward to reading more from Cara C. Putman.
Cara Putman is celebrating her latest historical suspense novel, Shadowed by Grace with a fun "Past & Present" giveaway!
One winner will receive:
- A Polaroid Instant Camera
- A beautiful antique AFGRA camera (learn more here)
- Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon)
- Shadowed By Grace by Cara Putman