Saturday, February 1, 2014

Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putnam {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a complimentary free book in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.

My Review:
Shadowed by Grace is set mainly in Italy during the time of WWII. Scott Lindstrom faces the task of protecting the art that the Germans and others were stealing or destroying. He finds that his task is further complicated by Rachel, a photographer sent under his care. Her mission seems unrealistic but finding her father in the midst of a raging war is her last chance to save her mother.

The plot line throughout this book is pretty clear cut. I find it always intriguing to see how a woman sent out to a war-torn country would fare—it always catches my eye and interest. Though a strong character throughout this book, Rachel’s quest to find her father sort of lacked a bit of depth and enough support in my opinion. But still Rachel’s resolve to use what little facts she had from the journal spurred on a plight worth reading about. I did like the little bit of romance in the book which seemed easy to spot from the beginning. My preference…love triangles…or a romance that keeps me wondering who will end up with whom. I am not a fan of the way Putnam created the romance, but there were other things that kept me reading.

Bright Points:

I can tell capturing the emotions, the sights, and sounds of the war were truly important to Cara Putnam. From reading the descriptions, I was pulled into walking the dusty roads, seeing the dilapidated buildings, and feeling the helplessness and devastation that those in the WWII experienced. In this respect, Putnam does a great job in recreating the world her characters were in and our past. I feel that this is something we do need to not forget about or take lightly. I do love the deep emotions Putnam evokes to her readers. In my mind I could picture what the book would play out as a movie! 

Overall an okay read. Not one of my favorites, but still a decent read for those interested in Historical romance fiction.

About the book (information from the blog tour page):
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.
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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