Review: Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman

Earlier this year, my husband and I went and saw the movie Monuments Men. I was astonished that there was a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect cultures during WWII. I was also quite shocked that the Nazis were stealing so much art. At that point, I also realized how little we really know about certain major historical events, unless we really focus on digging into them to learn all we can.

I was fascinated to learn that the movie was based on truth. On the other hand, it was also extremely fictionalized for entertainment purposes. . In December of 2013, Cara Putman’s book Shadowed by Grace was published. The book is also based around the story of the Monuments Men. Now that I am aware of this part of the war, I enjoy learning about it and reading more about it (both fiction and non-fiction).

Also, don’t forget to look at the bottom of this post for how you can enter for a chance to win a print copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Through the Deep Waters!

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From the back cover:

 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.

Shadowed by Grace was a wonderful book in many ways. In others, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I thought I would.

Putman has a unique style of writing. She is very detailed and stays true to the history as much as possible. Unfortunately, I felt that some of those same things I love about her writing, made this book a bit of a slow read. There wasn’t a ton of action and I found myself getting a bit bored in a few parts.

However, there was enough story for me to keep on reading. Where this novel shines is in the character of Rachel. Her character undergoes dramatic (but it’s subtle in the course of the story) changes in the novel. Rachel’s story is what keeps the pages turning, wondering if she can find her father and who he will truly turn out to be.

In the course of her search, she meets Scott. He is a surprise to her plans, but also a friend in helping her with them.

Shadowed by Grace depicts a part of WWII that most people aren’t as familiar with or something they think about much. The devastating part of WWII is all of the art and historical buildings that were at risk from the war and shelling. Putman does a wonderful job capturing how the people (primarily in Italy since that is where the novel takes place) took care to protect their art and their heartbrokenness over what was lost.

I would love to hear from you! Have you had a book or movie create interest in a piece of history you never knew anything about?

For more on the author or this book, please check out the following links:

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**I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review**

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win Through Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This is a wonderful book. Click on the book cover for more details.Contest is open until Aug. 20.

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