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Shadowed by Grace
Cara C. Putnam
Rachel’s mother is dying of TB, money has run out so the doctors can no longer provider her treatment. In an effort to help provide for her mother, Rachel takes a job as a photojournalist embedded with the US Army in Italy during World War II. Photographing the war isn’t the only reason she volunteers to go to Italy, she also hopes she’ll be able to find the father she never knew. Even though she knows little about him, she’s sure that he is her mother’s only hope. If he still holds any love at all in his heart for her mother, perhaps he’ll help pay for her care. This isn’t going to be an easy task, however, since her mother won’t even tell her the name of her father. All she has to go on is a book of sketches with some initials scribbled on a page or two that her mother brought back after studying art in Italy.
As luck would have it, Rachel gets assigned to work under the protection of Private Scott Lindstrom, an officer in the the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives division – a group of men sent to locate valuable art thought stolen. Not only is he well versed in Italian art, thus helping her search for the owner of the sketchbook, he also captivates her and steals her heart. But can he help her find her father or will he keep what he knows a secret?
Cara Putnam has done an excellent job on this work of historical fiction. She did a wonderful job of incorporating fact into a story that is captivating and intriguing. The way the characters related to each other was enjoyable and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. The settings come alive with Putnam’s descriptions and add an element to the story that really draws the reader in. I really appreciate the research that Cara Putnam put into this book to stay as true to historical fact as possible while crafting a beautiful story. From what I gather, this is the first book in a series about the Monuments Men of WWII. I can’t wait to see what other stories the author has up her sleeve.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.
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