Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review - Shadowed By Grace


She found peace in a time of war.

Desperate 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.


Cara 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.

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Rachel is a photo-journalist whose mother is sick with turberculosis and Rachel knows that if she can get enough money, she can get the doctors to help her. Her mother met her father in Italy and Rachel feels that if she can get there, she can get her father to help.

After getting sent to Italy to document the war with her pictures, Rachel meets Scott, one of the Monument Men. His mission is to save the art of Italy for it's people and protect it from pilferage. Scott is ordered to drive her around and their relationship starts there.

I would love to say that I enjoyed this book, but I cannot. I am a very fast reader (if the book captures my attention) but this book never did that. It took me a long time to get through this book because I just didn't enjoy it much. The story moved along way too slow for me and I never came to really care about the characters in the book. I also could figure out what was going to happen before it happened, so it didn't have that mystery in the plot line that pulls you along. I think the premise was quite interesting but it just didn't match up for me. The Christian theme seemed very pushed, too, and didn't flow naturally in the story.

I can only give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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