Book Review: Shadowed by Grace

24 Jan

681783Desperate 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.


CPutman-182Cara 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.

My Impressions:

Fans of romance set during WWII will love the new book by Cara Putman, Shadowed by Grace. Set amidst the  devastation of the Allies march up the Italian boot, two dedicated Americans follow their passions to recapture the past and establish the future. Rachel Justice is a young photojournalist committed to her craft, yet more determined to find the father she never knew. Scott Lindstrom is firm in the task of preserving and protecting treasures that the retreating German army is either stealing or destroying. (Scott is part of the Army’s team known as Monuments Men.) Together they share the journey and growing feelings for each other. Is their relationship just a war-time romance, or something that will last?

Readers who like Sarah Sundin’s WWII novels should find another favorite in Shadowed by Grace. Well written and researched, Putman captures the despair of a defeated people and the hope that comes with liberation. The plight of lost, stolen and damaged art and antiquities is described in detail. Shadows abound — shadows of regrets, fear and aloneness, but also of hope, love and grace. Putman’s characters are also well-developed. Rachel lives with the effects of not having a father, and Scott wrestles with the desire to please both man and God. The faith message is strong and the characters grow through the book.

The only negative for me was the slow pace of the story. I really wanted a little bit more action. The story does accelerate in the last quarter of the book, satisfying the suspense junky within me. All in all, I would recommend Shadowed by Grace to fans of historical romance, especially those who love the WWII era.


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(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. The opinions shared are mine alone.)

To purchase this book, click on the image below.

Cara is celebrating the release of her novel with a fun giveaway! Enter to win an antique AFGRA camera (the one Rachel uses in the novel—see video below [click on Buzz bar] to learn more), a new Polaroid Instant Camera, and movie passes to the George Clooney and Matt Damon The Monuments Men movie!

One winner will receive:

  • A Polaroid Instant Camera
  • A beautiful antique AFGRA camera (learn more here)
  • Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon)
  • Shadowed By Grace by Cara Putman

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced February 10th on Cara’s blog.



6 Responses to “Book Review: Shadowed by Grace”

  1. Cara Putman January 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks so much for reading Shadowed by Grace. Appreciate you.


    • rbclibrary January 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Susanne January 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I know just the person to recommend this to. Thanks for the review!


  3. semicolonsherry January 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    It sounds like one I’d like to add to my TBR list.


    • rbclibrary January 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      It was a good read. If you haven’t read Snow on The Tulips by Liz Tolsma or Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot, they are great. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Love your weekly post.



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