Thursday, January 02, 2014
Review: Shadowed by Grace
Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men
By Cara Putman
B&H Books, January 2014
About the Book
Shadowed by Grace is a dramatic story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II. 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 finds not only herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and, ultimately, the man her heavenly Father created to cherish and provide for her.
I love novels with lots of historical detail, and Cara Putman has certainly done her research. This book brought me into the world of WWII Italy, its people and their toughness and endurance, its sad worn-torn landscape, and also into the lives of some of the people on the front who were engaged in a mission vastly different than most. While Rachel is on a mission to find her elusive father and help her ill mother back home, she learns that God is planning to provide even more than she had imagined.
This is also a tender love story that romance readers will enjoy. I highly recommend Shadowed by Grace.
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