"Shadowed By Grace" by Cara Putman
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.
MY REVIEW: I love stories set in WWII, but I love it most when authors put a twist on a familiar setting by finding something I really didn't know about and bringing it to life for me through amazing characters. That is exactly what Cara has done in "Shadowed by Grace". First we have a female photojournalist, Rachel, who gets herself sent to the frontlines in Italy in an effort to not only try to capture the Pulitzer moment but even more importantly to find the father she has never met. She is partnered with Scott who is part of the Monuments Men that are there to locate, protect and preserve the rich art in Europe that is getting pilfered, destroyed and pillaged. The questions become... can Scott do his job effectively when someone seems to be sabotaging his efforts? Can Rachel find her father with the one lead she has brought with her when her mother won't tell her anything? Can Rachel and Scott find the ultimate reason God has brought them together in the middle of such evil and destruction?
Toward the beginning there was quite a bit of referencing to the unsureness that both Rachel and Scott had as far as romantic notions go... but once the book got going it seemed like that worked itself out and Rachel and Scott became a wonderful couple that I loved learning more about.
My favorite parts of the story were in seeing what the Monuments Men were really about - amazing pieces of history wrapped up in wonderful storylines, scenic countrysides of Italy and moving characters. Very enjoyable and I would love to see a follow up with these characters and more Monuments Men facts and scenarios!