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Shadowed by Grace

(Story of Monuments Men #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Shadowed by Grace is the first in a stirring new series of stand-alone historical suspense novels by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to captures images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive – to find the father she never knew -- an artist she hopes can ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by B Books (first published December 4th 2013)
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4.5 stars
This story was a real winner for me and yet another reason to love Cara Putman's writing. The story is beautifully crafted and set in an interesting locale, Italy in 1944 as the fighting front moves north for the German retreat. I could easily imagine the scenery and the photography Rachel created, and I also enjoyed Scott as an MC--though it was Rachel who held my attention most. A bit of mystery connected with disappearing Italian art helped move the story along, though I was sure of
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Generally speaking, I like the idea of a fictional story involving the Monuments Men, but I must admit Cara C. Putman's Shadowed by Grace doesn't measure up to the novel I envisioned in my mind's eye. Though I enjoyed the art history she folded into the story, I wasn't sold on the wartime romance she created, nor her attempt to incorporate faith as a primary theme.

I read a lot of inspired fiction and I honestly feel the bes
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable historical novel that really took me back in time.
Create With Joy
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of books written about war – and very few of them say anything new. It takes a special kind of person to tell an old story in a new way and to shed light on aspects of the war that few of us have heard about.

Meet Cara C. Putman – the author of Shadowed By Grace.

Shadowed By Grace is a World War II novel about two groups of people who served very important roles during this era but didn't get the respect they deserved from the peers: the Monuments Men and female journalists.

We lear
Rachelle Cobb
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

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
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: Reading, quilting, Civil War, cats
Photojournalist, Rachel Justice achieved authorization to travel to Italy in the throes of World War II with the pretext of catching real-time photographs of the effects of war. Her ultimate goal, however, was to locate her father, a man she had never known. Her passion to find her biological father stemmed back to early childhood when she was looked down upon because her mother was unmarried. The ache to know her earthly father consumed her at this stage of her life, particularly because her mo ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
With the Monument's Men being the rage right now with the premiere of the movie, I wanted to read something set in the time and setting similar to the movie before I go see it. Sadly, this is not a reason to pick this particular book. I should have just read The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History instead if I wanted that particular flavor to read about. Some of the reviews really mentioned the "romance" factor of this novel. Based on those, I sh ...more
Andrea Cox
By Andrea Renee Cox

A while back I won a copy of Cara Putman’s book Shadowed by Grace, and I had no idea whether or not I’d like it. I’d never read anything by Cara before. The story sounded interesting, though, and I like discovering new-to-me authors, so I dove into it with an open mind. Boy, am I glad I did! What a treasure this book turned out to be.

Set in WWII, it tells the story of a photojournalist who travels to Italy to capture images of the war to help the folks back home really underst
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating! Rachel, a photographer, is searching for her dad in Italy – but it is during WWII and the Nazi’s are still there. She gets attached to a military unit, to take pictures of the war, but no one is expecting or wanting a woman in their unit. I really enjoyed reading about this part of the war as the Americans pushed the Germans out of Italy as I’d never read anything about it before. Great book – lots of surprises and I recommend!
Regina Jennings
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Because I went to see the movie "The Monuments Men" while reading this, I'm afraid I can't help but compare the two, and I loved them both.

"Shadowed by Grace" tells the story of Rachel Justice, a photojournalist who is assigned to work with a U.S. soldier tasked with protecting culturally important works of art as Germany withdraws from Italy. Scott Lindstrom is the Monuments Man who is relying on his contacts in Italy to foster trust and to facilitate locating the artworks. Little does he know
Ruth Hill
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I commenced my reading of this book, I wasn't sure what I thought of it. I generally savor and appreciate historical books, and WWII is a time period I generally relish. Because I was fairly certain of the predictable outcome of the inserted romance, I was not terribly enthused. The Christian message was generally pleasing but I was rather lethargic about continuing it. I assumed I would give it a lower a rating.

However, as I persevered, I soon discovered that there was more depth to this s
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I never have truly studied WWII, I have been fascinated by the novels written during that period. There is a certain “romance” if you will and base a novel on foreign soil and you have the makings for a captivating and sweeping story, because what reader doesn’t like to be transported to another world entirely when they sit down to read?

“Shadowed by Grace” in and of itself is a unique plot line. The main characters aren’t your typical soldiers, but they are fighting to protect something so
Margaret Chind
I’ve been a book reviewer since 2007 and I remember when Cara Putman’s first novella came out. I remember being curious about what a lawyer would write, and what type of imagination would come out on the page. Although Dying for Love was the first story of hers I actually read in the novella collection Cherry Blossom Capers. Cara’s writing is enjoyable and keeps me in suspense. It seems now that I can say her stories are all a delight and intrigue from beginning to end.

When it comes to reading w
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love novels set in World War II, and this story presents a new facet with which I was not familiar. Cara Putman has created a fascinating fictional tale based on a group of individuals who had an important role in the war. I loved the title as soon as I saw it, and it became even more special as I read the book and connected its meaning to the story. Pulsating with the emotion of war, romance, and family relationships, this novel whisked me across time to this pivotal era in world history. I w ...more
Cathy Daniel
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Just bought this one!
This was an interesting Christian historical fiction book about a subject I didn't know much about. Much artwork was destroyed or stolen during WW II, and it is fascinating to know some experts were in the thick of the war finding and trying to preserve it. Add in a romance and a family relationship mystery and this is a book worth reading.
Julie NZ
I really enjoyed reading this novel and learning about the Monuments Men and what they did in Italy during World War 2.

I liked the two main characters and I enjoyed following Rachel's journey through Italy as well as her own personal journey of growth.
This was an OK story, set in Italy in 1944. I didn't find the plot extremely believable but the setting was interesting to be sure.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity and B and H Publishing in exchange for a review.

"The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program" was "established in 1943" during World War II.
The group was "under the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies."
Their job was to protect, secure, rescue, fine arts stolen by Germany.
Both men and women were involved in this mission. See link for more information from Wikipedia.

The time period is March 1944. Shadowed by Grace, begins
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"YOU HAVE ONCE CHANCE to make this fly." Bobby Hamilton leaned across his broad desk and stared her down." I had to pull more strings than I knew I had to get the brass to bite on sending a woman to Italy. Who sends a woman to a worn-torn country? Getting credentials? What a mess." The man waved his beefy hands down in a dismissive gesture. "Then getting you on the Queen Mary?" He chomped hard on his cigar.

Rachel perched on the chair in his crowded office as the Andrew Sisters belted out "Bogie
Barbara Shelton
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The morning after I finished reading Shadowed by Grace, the daily newspaper had a front page article about the movie Monument Men, and I immediately flew to my computer and wrote an excited note to Cara Putman that went something like this:

Hello Cara, Just last evening I completed reading your wonderful book Shadowed by Grace. This morning I picked up today's edition of the Ft Worth Star Telegram and my eye immediately fell to the lower left column on the first page. There was a picture of Rober
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
First let me say, the cover is beautiful. I know we're not to 'judge a book by it's cover', but I'm afraid I do that on occasion. :) And this book cover just claims my attention.
Next, I need to also mention that as an author (unpublished) myself, I know how much of yourself, you put into your stories, and how much you love them, no matter what anyone else says. I felt like I could see just how much Mrs. Putman cherished this story of hers. I, personally, felt like you could detect that in "Shado
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Shadowed by Grace is the first in a stirring new series of stand-alone historical suspense novels by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to captures 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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rachel Justice is about to cross the Atlantic on HMS Queen Mary, bound for war-torn Europe, to photograph the fighting as America liberates Italy from the Germans. Her real motivation isn't to bring the war to the minds of her US readers--although that is part of it. She's going to Italy, in search of the father she never knew. Rachel needs to find her father because her mother is suffering from tuberculosis, and is likely to die soon without more medical treatment—treatment Rachel is hoping her ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own!

Book Description:

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
Reet Champion
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Against her mother’s wishes Rachel Justice is traveling to war-torn Italy in search of the father she has never known and knows nothing about, not even his name. Her mission is last resort. Melanie Justice contracted tuberculosis while studying art in Italy in the 1920s and now – more than ever – she needs medical assistance. Maybe, just maybe, Rachel will be able to find her father and the funds needed to tend to Melanie. Before it’s too late. But Rachel’s mission is twofold. In addition to her ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Rachel is on a mission to find the father that she never knew, hoping he can help with the treatment her mom needs in order to get better, despite the fact that her mom wants her to leave the man alone. She is a photographer, and was sent to Italy during WWII where she hope to find the man her mom met left behind so many years ago. With a job of finding pictures that will wow her publisher enough to print, and the job of finding her dad, Rachel is determined not to give u
Cara Putman's WWII novel explores a variety of plots and subplots,
ever increasing levels of intrigue and human interest.

Rachel is conflicted in caring for her ill mother whilst pursuing her desire to find the father she's never known. In a bid to gain the finances that will help fund the health treatments that could save her mother's life, Rachel gains approval to photograph frontlines of the war overseas. Though her mother is adamant in dissuading her, Rachel remains single minded in her pursui
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Cara Putnam and Litfuse Publicity group for a copy of Shadowed by Grace. This story focuses on the Monuments Men. These men worked to save and preserve art and historical buildings during World War II. You can also win a copy of this fabulous novel.
Rachel has great hopes as she leaves for Italy to join the press core in the war. The one regret is having to leave her mother who is struggling with tuberculosis. The work that Rachel will do might be enough to provide treatment
Dana Kamstra
Shadowed by Grace was a wonderful book in many ways. In others, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I thought I would.

Putman has a unique style of writing. She is very detailed and stays true to the history as much as possible. Unfortunately, I felt that some of those same things I love about her writing, made this book a bit of a slow read. There wasn't a ton of action and I found myself getting a bit bored in a few parts.

However, there was enough story for me to keep on reading. Where this nove
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Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert