My favorite part of this unique story was that Cara Putman‘s writing drives forward with every word. I could hardly put Shadowed by Grace down, and, when I did, I found myself wondering what would happen next. This story is not only well-researched, well-written, and unique–it’s compelling in its pace, too!
This book is well-researched because Cara knows her history! Check out the Fact or Fiction behind it and then grab a copy of Shadowed by Grace to discover this little-known facet of WWII. I had no idea there were Monuments Men operating to save the treasures of Western Civilization, but there were men like Scott, passionate about the mission.
This book is also unique because it covers WWII Italy–a sector of history I had never read about before. Yet I came away from Shadowed by Grace with not only a greater appreciation for the Greatest Generation, but for having experienced the journey with Scott and Rachel. Scott is devoted to his cause, and Rachel makes art with her camera. These are two characters I won’t soon forget.
What I Didn’t Like As Much
With the intensity of war serving as a harsh background, it would have been easy for Cara to rush the romance, but she doesn’t. I appreciated that and how Scott and Rachel’s relationship flows naturally. They hit a bump in the road about midway through the book that made me wince, but I liked that not-everyone-is-perfect aspect.
Shadowed by Grace is going on my keeper shelf! I look forward to the rest of this series!
About the Author
Cara Putman is an award-winning author with seven World War II homefront books in print. Her minor in history combined with her love of World War II history and the generation that fought then as heroes compel her to take the steps to get the historical details and research right. As a result, her readers have come to expect stories that sweep them back in time while illustrating a facet of the war they didn’t know existed. While her prior books have focused on homefront stories, this series will broaden to reach the European theater, without the battlefield scenes one would expect.
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