Monday, February 10, 2014

Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman (Review)

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433681783

Shadowed by Grace is a dramatic story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. 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 not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.

My Review:

I thought this was a good Christian historical fiction book set during WWII. The setting is mostly in Italy with a few scenes back home in the beginning. The author does a good job with descriptions making you feel like you are there. The characters and plot are well developed, interesting, and unique. It kept my attention from the beginning. I loved the interaction between Rachel and Scott. There was also the subplot of her finding her father to hopefully save her mother. I did not know anything about art during the war in Italy so that was interesting to learn. The faith element was there but not preachy. Recommended to fans of Christian historical fiction book. :)

About the author:

Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I've been writing books.

Shadowed by Grace is my 17th novel and a story of my heart. I have also written one non-fiction title (the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law).

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. You can learn more about my books at

 Review copy provided by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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