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.
My review: This was a very interesting story about a topic I had never heard of before. It was fascinating to read about the unique challenges Monuments Men faced, from not being taken seriously to not being trusted by the native people. It sure didn't help when some of the Allied soldiers would steal art for themselves. I really liked both Rachel and Scott, a Monument Man she gets to know. I admired her determination to find her father in such a dangerous and impossible situation and her desire to takes photographs that would make a difference. While I've read books about nurses during World War II, it's an entirely different matter to be a woman alone surrounded by men and that took a lot of guts. It gives me a new appreciation for women photojournalists. I loved Scott's integrity and protectiveness and I thought the romance between them was sweet. The struggle Rachel has to feel worthy of being loved since she grew up without a father is something I think a lot of women and men can relate to, as is her questioning of how God could let bad things happen. I think men would like this story as well as women because of the war aspect and the strong male character. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author: 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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Cara Putman is celebrating her latest historical suspense novel, Shadowed by Grace with a fun "Past & Present" giveaway!
One winner will receive:
- A Polaroid Instant Camera
- A beautiful antique AFGRA camera (learn more here)
- Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon)
- Shadowed By Grace by Cara Putman