Shadowed by Grace
A WWII story of history, love and faith
I am familiar with one other of Cara's books. I loved the one I read before, just as I loved this one. Cara's style of writing is descriptive and flowing and really hard to put down. I was excited to read this book after hearing about the movie about the Monuments Men. My favorite part of a book, any book, is where the author spells out words that paint pictures in my mind. I can see where they are and what they are doing as if I was there.
Rachel Justice is a girl on a mission. She has convinced her editor that she should go to Italy to report on the war as it moves through. She is assigned to work with Lt. Scott Lindstrom and the adventures and near death experiences keep you reading more and more. It is very interesting what the work of the Monuments Men is and how they do it. I, myself, am glad there were such men to do this job.
Romance and faith are delicately woven into the story as it leads to its conclusion. You will enjoy every word. I would recommend this to all who love historical novels. I am looking forward to reading more of Cara's works.
June 3, 2014
Historical Romance Set in World War II
IÃ¢ÂÂve always enjoyed historical fiction books set in the World War II era, so I chose Cara PutmanÃ¢ÂÂs new book, Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men, to read recently. And I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
American journalist and photographer Rachel Justice accompanies Monuments Man Lt. Scott Lindstrom to Italy in his efforts to recover and preserve the great monuments and works of art from their destruction by the Third Reich. But RachelÃ¢ÂÂs mission includes more than searching out and snapping emotional war photos for her newspaper, though well-placed ones could bring the needed monetary support for her motherÃ¢ÂÂs illness back home.
SheÃ¢ÂÂs also searching for somethingÃ¢ÂÂor someone else. Desperate to find the father she never knew, Rachel falls into the treacherous arms of warÃ¢ÂÂand love. And in the process of wading through deceit and danger, she discovers a divine love relationship as well.
If youÃ¢ÂÂve seen the movie Monuments Men, CaraÃ¢ÂÂs book (written before the movie) adds a deeper, richer flavor with its romance, suspense, and drama for this otherwise little known effort during World War II. SheÃ¢ÂÂs woven an intriguing story, well researched from a historical setting that brings that period of time alive with fascinating characters and escalating adventure.
I highly recommend CaraÃ¢ÂÂs book. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the first book of hers IÃ¢ÂÂve read, but it wonÃ¢ÂÂt be my last.
April 23, 2014
Utterly fascinating! I had never heard of the Monuments Men before and what great timing for this book to be released just when the movie is hitting theatres. Putman does an incredible job of bringing history to life in this historical drama laced with a hint of suspense. Danger lurks everywhere, even within the ranks of the allied forces and makes for a thrilling read.
Rachel is a captivating heroine. An interesting combination of gusty and forlorn. She faces an impossible quest with intrepid desperation. :-) And she has incredible faith journey that inspired me. Of course, Scott is smitten, how could he not be? And intrigued. And exasperated. And cautious...but there's something about living in the middle of a war zone that sharpens emotions and makes you realize how precious time...and love is. Definitely a toe-curling romance that brings a fresh hope to a bleak time.
Awesome read from beginning to end.
March 4, 2014
WWII, History, Adventure and Romance
Cara C. Putman in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂShadowed By GraceÃ¢ÂÂ Book One in the IÃ¢ÂÂll Be Seeing You series published by B&H Publishing Group gives us A Story of Monuments Men.
From the Back Cover: She found peace in a time of war.
Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaperÃ¢ÂÂs assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But RachelÃ¢ÂÂs 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 imaginedÃ¢ÂÂin war, in love, and in God.
History and romance, I do not believe that there is a better combination for telling a story. And what a story Ms. Putman has provided us. World War II, Italy and a group of Americans have been given the task of rescuing from destruction the priceless artifacts that the Nazis have stolen and now have been ordered to destroy. The Americans were called The Monuments Men. Rachel has gone to Italy to make money to help her dying mother and find her father. Now she and Scott are running across Italy, while the war is still being fought, to find and preserve the great works of art. Ms. Putman has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. The story is exciting, the romance is terrific and the history is vivid. Cara C. Putman has written a well done novel that I liked a lot.
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February 15, 2014