Shadowed By Grace – Book Review
There are a lot of books written about war – and very few of them say anything new. It takes a special kind of person to tell an old story in a new way and to shed light on aspects of the war that few of us have heard about.
Meet Cara C. Putman – the author of Shadowed By Grace – A Story Of Monuments Men.
Shadowed By Grace is a World War II novel about two groups of people who served very important roles during this era but didn’t get the respect they deserved from the peers: the Monuments Men and female journalists.
We learn about some of the hardships these two groups faced through our two central characters: Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom and Captain Rachel Justice.
Scott enlisted in the Army as an officer with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division at great personal cost not because he had to – but because he wanted to. Scott wanted to do something meaningful in the war. He had heard tales of how the Third Reich was destroying the art, architecture, and culture of Western civilization, and wanted to do everything in his power to preserve it… even if he wasn’t considered a “real soldier” by his peers.
Rachel is a photo-journalist whose mother is dying of tuberculosis. She has only one chance of saving her: to find her father – a man who she has never met – in Italy, his last known location. So, she does the unthinkable: she uses her sway and convinces her editor to send her abroad on assignment – to take pictures from the war zone – in the hopes of pursuing her goal. Rachel soon finds out that neither the military nor the United Press is happy to have her on board. Scott observes that although he “might not receive much respect from his peers… she got less.”
The two formally meet in Italy when Scott is assigned to “babysit” Rachel upon their arrival at the military base. As you might imagine, neither one of them is thrilled by this arrangement. What transpires, however, is a beautifully written story of adventure, romance, and God’s providence that enlightens, engages, and enriches the reader.
There are so many things that I loved about Shadowed By Grace: the unique storyline… the impeccably researched details… the way the story builds… the unfolding characters themselves.
This is the first book that I have read by Cara C. Putman but it won’t be my last. She is now on my list of authors whose books I can’t wait to read more of.
I hope you have the opportunity to read Shadowed By Grace!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Shadowed By Grace Video
How much of Shadowed By Grace is fact – and how much of it is fiction? Hear what author Cara C. Putman has to say about The Monuments Men on the following video!
About Cara C. Putman
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.
For More Information:
- Visit Cara’s Website.
- Visit the Shadowed By Grace Blog Tour Page.
- Read an Excerpt from Shadowed By Grace.
- Connect with Cara on Facebook and Twitter.
- Shadowed By Grace is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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