Saturday, February 8, 2014

"shadowed by grace" by cara putman

About the book: She found peace in a time of war.

Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper's assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel's 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 imagined—in war, in love, and in God.

My take: Shadowed by Grace is a story of love, war, longing, and family. Rachel's search for her father is touching, and I especially enjoyed the times we got to glimpse her mother's journal and see the man through her eyes.

I didn't find the search for art or the romance to be particularly gripping, though the entire book is well written. Sometimes a book grabs me, and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately, Shadowed by Grace fell into the latter category.

I do think that many fans of World War II fiction will enjoy this book, as will those who enjoyed the film Monuments Men.

My rating: 3 stars

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About the author: 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.

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About the giveaway: See here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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