The book tells the story of Rachel Justice, a newspaper photographer who takes an assignment in Italy, dangerously close to the front lines. She’s assigned to Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division. Those are the guys who traveled around Europe to recover stolen art. This works out perfectly for Rachel, because she has a hidden agenda.
Her mother is dying of tuberculosis, and Rachel wants to find her long-lost father before that happens—the father who also happens to be an artist. All Rachel has to go on is the sketch book he left behind and the hunch that her mother met him while an art student in Italy. Traveling with one of the Monuments Men gives her the opportunity to search for him. But the more she sees of war-torn Europe, the more she realizes she’ll need a miracle to ever locate him.
This story of a unique chapter in WWII history combined with Rachel’s personal journey is important, sweet, and satisfying. Thanks so much to Cara Putman for feeding my hunger for 1940’s drama! This book inspired me to queue up some of my favorite movie classics—Since You Went Away and The Best Years of Our Lives—to make the pleasure last a little longer.
What I liked best . . .
- The World War II time period—clothes, slang, locations, all of it!
- A war story from the perspective of the Monuments Men
- Seeing Rachel’s heart touched by the lives she encounters
- A photographer’s take on the action
- The personal mystery that drives the story
Who would enjoy this story . . .
- Fans of Sarah Sundin
- Folks who plan to see the George Clooney/Matt Damon movie Monuments Men
- History buffs
- Romance loving teens on up
Love this quote from when Rachel sees her 1st war photo in print . . .
What should you do next?
You can purchase your copy of Shadowed by Grace at this link. ***Thanks to Litfuse and Cara Putman for providing a copy for me to review.
Take advantage of a Kindle sale! Purchase another Cara Putman World War II ebook for 99 cents at this link.
Enter a GIVEAWAY: Check out Cara’s Past & Present Giveaway: you chance to win in an antique AFGRA camera, a new Polaroid Instant Camera, and movie passes to the George Clooney and Matt Damon The Monuments Men movie. Enter through this giveaway link or by clicking on the image below.
About the Author: In Cara’s words: “Shadowed by Grace is my 17th novel and a story of my heart. In addition to writing, I am an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School. Because I had a few spare moments, I am now in Purdue University’s MBA program!”