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Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men Paperback – January 1, 2014
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I can never pass up a novel with 'the works'--romance, adventure, mystery, history, spirituality-- and this one had it all...The story was so vibrant and emotional that I felt like I was the on one this amazing journey--I was captivated! -- First Magazine for Women
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The photo on the front piqued my interest: a clearly WWII soldier standing with a large painting. The stories I read in that book, Monuments Men, by Robert Edsel, intrigued me and made me want to learn more. Before long, characters and story ideas filled my mind, and I began fleshing out the story that became Shadowed by Grace.
The idea of an elite, tiny group of soldiers who were tasked with saving Western civilization fascinated me. Their task was compounded by the fact that WWII was the first war that involved constant aerial bombardment.
What challenges would they face?
What would they fear?
- ASIN : 1433681781
- Publisher : B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781433681783
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433681783
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.95 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #566,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monuments Men were the courageous men who did whatever they could during the war to alert the enemy and even our allies to stay clear of dropping bombs on art and antiquity of ancient days. Can you imagine someone bombing the Leaning Tower of Pisa or bombing the statue of David, or just for the heck of it, destroying other famous pieces of art we all studied in grade school? Well, Monuments Men have an assignment--protect and defend, guard these things that are priceless--and to do that they endangered their lives on a daily basis.
Cara Putman is an artist in her own right. She put the Monuments Men's story in this book and had a romance develop between a young man and woman who sustained the whole story. They were both Americans in uniform. Scot is attached to the division to keep track of the art in Italy during WWII. We travel with him to Rome, and travel up the boot to Florence, including many towns in between.
Rachel is looking for her father, a famous artist, using a sketchbook her mother had, the only thing she has to trace who her father even was. Rachel is also a photojournalist, and her art is done with a camera. Her pictures are published in America to show about the war in Italy.
This book is worth all five stars. It was a joy to read and hard to put down. It's a Christian book with a very clean story despite all the ravishes of war. I'd let any teen on up read it. It would make a great gift. Something you would be proud to give.
Then there was love. Rachel's love for her ailing mother compelled her to volunteer to go into the heart of war-ravaged Italy, in hopes of earning money to finance medical treatment that might save her mother's life. She also carried with her clues to her father's identity. How she longed to know her father's love after a lifetime of being branded by illegitimacy. Without ever knowing a father's love, she felt unlovable and had walled herself off from the possibility of trusting any man to love her. But in Italy she comes under the protection of Scott, an art expert who was willing to face danger in order to help protect and repair the damage to the art of Italy. Could this man not only help her find her father, but also help her open her heart?
And finally, peace. Slowly Scott helps Rachel come to know the Father who loves her, who will never leave her, who would sacrifice Himself for her. I loved the moment when Rachel found His Peace!
I found the book a little slow at the beginning, but gradually got caught up in the story. I'm glad I read it! Will watch for more by Cara Putman
He's come to Italy to try and make a difference. He left behind a job as curator of a museum and a fiance who just didn't understand his passion. He meets Rachel, a photographer, and becomes intrigued. As he spends more time with her, it's obvious that she's hiding something and the key is a sketchbook that Scott thinks shouldn't be in her possession.
Rachel's mother is sick. Tuberculosis is a nasty disease and her mother has been fading fast. Her only hope appears to be finding a father who knows nothing of her and getting the money she needs for her mother's care from him. She takes a job taking photographs in Italy with the hopes that she can identify who her father is and enlist his help to save her mother. Spending time with Scott leads her to trust him, but can she trust him with her deepest secrets?
I liked this book. I think the author did a good job balancing the horrors of war and the beauty of art and nature. It's not all sunshine and roses, war isn't like that, so be prepared for a little heartache. You can tell the author did a great deal of research, the characters and their experiences are so real.
This is a WW II story of a woman, Rachel, that travels through Italy with the US Army. Her premise is to travel as a news photographer, but her true mission is to find the father she never knew in the hopes that he can help save her mother. She is teamed up with an army officer, Scott, who happens to be one of the monuments' men. His mission is to save the art and culture of Italy from total destruction.
In the beginning I did not care for Rachel. She seemed a bit self-absorbed, but as I kept reading I found that she had a heart of compassion. Rachel cared deeply for other people, her mother, the refugees, and even the father she did not know. When she is placed under the care of Lt. Scott Lindstrom, neither of them realizes what a perfect pair they make.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone.