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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 canShadowed 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 faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her....

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Shadowed by Grace Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-09-22 03:46

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....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 best books in the genre are written by authors who weave faith into the fabric of their stories, making it intrinsic to the telling and when all is said and done I don't think Putman was able to achieve that. The Christian themes she utilizes read like peripheral subject matter rather than fundamental content and more often than not felt forced and out of place alongside the historic and emotional aspects of the novel.I also found the author's lack of familiarity with war fiction difficult to digest. I've not read her before, but it is my understanding that most of Putman's work take place on the home front while this title finds her characters in the thick of the conflict, a place that isn't nearly as conducive to stolen intimacies. It happens several times throughout the narrative, but for example, please consider the following: A shrill whistle filled the air, overlapping the drone, followed an eternity later by the thunder of explosions he felt through the ground. Dirt and debris towered into the air before cascadingback to earth. Men screamed as shrapnel embedded in the men unlucky enough to be close to the detonation. Rachel shuddered and covered her ears. Scott rolled, placing himself on top of her, sheltering her as best he could. A second wave of planes flew by dropping more bombs.Each explosion seemed to roll through him. More screams followed by moans. How close were they? He didn’t dare look around since moving would be foolhardy and create a target for the pilots.He felt a vibration as Rachel twisted beneath him, her mouth moving. The words didn’t reach him. His ears were filled with the echoing concussions of the detonations. At synchronized intervals death and destruction rained about them. He pushed her head down. Long minutes passed, and then the silence became real enough to touch. Rachel shuddered, and he eased to the side. He eased up, then helped her. Her eyes were wide, shock enlarging her pupils, her cheeks slack. He traced his hand down her cheek, then leaned closer to hear her words. “We’re alive?” “Yes.” She threw her arms around his neck and held on. He memorized the moment. The feel of her tucked next to him, then tipped her chin up and pulled her close. His lips settled on hers, and he deepened the kiss as she matched his fervor. He needed to end this. Put a stop to the kiss before it got out of control. But all he could think was how close he had come to losing her. One misplaced bomb and they’d both have died. Tyler stumbled toward them, shock pulling down his face.Scott jerked away from Rachel but not before he noticed her touch her lips. Several cars were stopped in front of them, a half-track smoldering in flames. He tried not to imagine what had happened to the men who had been in it. The fields on either side of the road were decimated, civilians bloodied and still. Moans filled the air with a mournful wail. Men writhed not ten yards from the jeep, while others lay still . . .The dust from an aerial assault has barely had time to settle, adrenaline is pumping, hearts are pounding, a second attack may be moments away, men are scattered on both sides of the road some dead, others moaning in agony, civilians are running in terror and only a few feet from our leading lady, a young girl's life is seeping into the dirt as she succumbs to the jagged piece of shrapnel embedded in her chest. Call me crazy, but this doesn't seem like the time or place for even a second of romantic euphoria, yet that is exactly what Putman is asking her readers to believe. Plausible? I think not. Shadowed by Grace is marketed as an inspirational historical romance. Peppered as it is with art history, I can say the historical aspect is present, but as stated, I didn't find the religious themes and/or romantic content believable, a fact that made the book intensely difficult for me to appreciate. While I genuinely feel Putman had a good idea, the execution of it left much to be desired and resulted in a final product that wasn't my cuppa tea.

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2018-10-01 04:50

    What I LovedMy 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 of WWII. I had no idea there were Monuments Men operating to save the treasures of Western Civilization, but there were men like Scott, passionate about the mission. This book is also unique because it covers WWII Italy--a sector of history I had never read about before. Yet I came away from Shadowed by Grace with not only a greater appreciation for the Greatest Generation, but for having experienced the journey with Scott and Rachel. Scott is devoted to his cause, and Rachel makes art with her camera. These are two characters I won't soon forget.What I Didn't Like As MuchWith the intensity of war serving as a harsh background, it would have been easy for Cara to rush the romance, but she doesn't. I appreciated that and how Scott and Rachel's relationship flows naturally. They hit a bump in the road about midway through the book that made me wince, but I liked that not-everyone-is-perfect aspect.Shadowed by Grace is going on my keeper shelf! I look forward to the rest of this series!

  • Create With Joy
    2018-10-08 06:40

    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 learn about some of the hardships these two groups faced through our two central characters: Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom and Captain Rachel Justice.Scott enlisted in the Army as an officer with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division at great personal cost not because he had to – but because he wanted to. Scott wanted to do something meaningful in the war. He had heard tales of how the Third Reich was destroying the art, architecture, and culture of Western civilization, and wanted to do everything in his power to preserve it… even if he wasn't considered a “real soldier” by his peers.Rachel is a photo-journalist whose mother is dying of tuberculosis. She has only one chance of saving her: to find her father – a man who she has never met – in Italy, his last known location. So, she does the unthinkable: she uses her sway and convinces her editor to send her abroad on assignment – to take pictures from the war zone – in the hopes of pursuing her goal. Rachel soon finds out that neither the military nor the United Press is happy to have her on board. Scott observes that although he "might not receive much respect from his peers... she got less."The two formally meet in Italy when Scott is assigned to “babysit” Rachel upon their arrival at the military base. As you might imagine, neither one of them is thrilled by this arrangement. What transpires, however, is a beautifully written story of adventure, romance, and God’s providence that enlightens, engages, and enriches the reader.There are so many things that I loved about Shadowed By Grace: the unique storyline… the impeccably researched details… the way the story builds... the unfolding characters themselves.This is the first book that I have read by Cara C. Putman but it won’t be my last. She is now on my list of authors whose books I can’t wait to read more of.To read my review in its entirety, please visit Create With Joy.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Nancee
    2018-09-28 04:58

    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 mother's health was declining as a result of tuberculosis. Their finances had dwindled to next to nothing and Rachel was certain her father could help.Rachel's mother had studied art in Italy as a young woman. With that information Rachel was armed with her mother's diary and a notebook of sketches done by an Italian artist whose name she didn't know. The only clues to his identity were his initials. Her mother refused to divulge her father's name, and forbade her to search for him, but Rachel believed that if she could locate him, he could offer financial assistance toward her mother's care and provide her the father figure she craved so much. Private Scott Lindstrom received his assignment as an officer in Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Division, a division of the army devoted to locating and protecting priceless art and monuments. In Naples his general assigned Scott to accompany Rachel through war-torn areas as she sought newsworthy photographs for publication back in the United States. Scott's mission was to preserve the history of Western Civilization, the masterpieces and sculptures that he could locate. Having a tag-along wasn't his idea of accomplishing his job. The Monuments division followed behind the warring troops, dangerously close to the front lines, their jobs inspecting local monuments, beginning reconstruction and assisting in protecting priceless works of art.Throughout this wartime novel Rachel observed Scott's strong faith in God even when tragedy was all around them. His prayers were simple and conversational, awakening questions in Rachel's mind about her loss of faith and a heavenly father. This underlying current is beautifully blended into this strong story of war and its casualties, unimaginable scenes of destruction and danger. An incredible amount of research has gone into the writing of this novel. Cara Putman has created a masterful novel of classic proportion regarding events throughout Italy during World War II. The development of the characters throughout this poignant story is natural and human, realistic and at times painful. The author has done an outstanding job at creating settings that become visible through her descriptions. I found this book very difficult to put down; however, I did not want to rush through the book. I savored every detail. This is a book that I highly recommend and will read again. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-29 04:50

    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 should have realized this is a romance novel with a historical twist, not a historical novel with a romantic twist.What this book has going for it: Based in WWII, various settings around Italy, a driven female lead character.What this book disappointed me with: a search for a father with nothing to go on but a sketchbook that may or may not even have anything to do with the father; an ill mother as the driving force of said quest which seems extremely flat; a woman photographer traveling with soldiers to the war front with the excuse for her being there as "because she's just that good"; the Monument's Man the lead character becomes entangled with is simply roaming around, looking in towns, asking what's lost, blah, blah, blah, until the end of the book; lots of what felt to me like "forced" coincidences to tie up the ending.I wanted to like this more than I did. I love historical fiction, especially this era, but it just fell short for me. If you want to read compelling historical fiction related specifically to the adventure of the Monument's Men, you might look elsewhere. If, however, you want a book heavy on the Christian romance with a backdrop of WWII thrown in you'll probably enjoy this book. It wasn't badly written for the romance genre. I just personally didn't know what this book was actually aimed towards from the summary.

  • Casey
    2018-10-06 06:56

    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 important to society. I loved the tidbits of history sprinkled throughout the story and the telling of what happened to these pieces of art to protect them from being stolen and carried away, not to be found for years to come-if ever. The landscape is rich in texture and setting. I rode in the back of that army jeep just as much as our hero did. Rachel is a compelling heroine with a story to tell and the romance of the book took me on a thrilling ride. This has such a strong feel of those old classic movies with Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn as our main characters and I found myself living a piece of their lives through the pages of the story. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for a pre-release copy.

  • Ruth Hill
    2018-10-11 02:51

    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 story than I realized. The book was historically dense, and I was completely oblivious to how the war affected Italy. That seems to be one of the countries that is only mentioned in passing. Envisioning a female photographer who fearlessly took breathtaking photos from the front lines made the story all the more intriguing. The Christian message was subtle but strong. And the last third of the book was filled with intense action and a bit of pathos. Althought the romance was sappy I was able to excuse that due to the amazing story this Christian novel told. I had not realized until I was well into the book that this was a story similar to the "Monument Men" film that is out now. I am even more interested in going to view that film in light of what I have read here.I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  • Margaret Chind
    2018-09-24 07:47

    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 war time novels for me, most of the time they are a hit or a miss, and parts of this reminded me of Tricia Goyer’s espionage war time stories also dealing with art work, but Cara is a different type of author and definitely one to keep the pages turning.I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.posted: http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2...

  • Linda
    2018-10-11 07:40

    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 won't ever look at a classic painting or sculpture that predates WW II without thinking of this book and the men who risked all to ensure that these treasures were saved for future generations. Start your year off right with this moving story!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cara Putman and B&H Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Barbara
    2018-10-16 02:36

    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.

  • Annette
    2018-10-17 02:29

    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 with a conversation between a young woman named Rachel and her editor. She wants to travel to Italy to cover combat operations and her boss is uneasy. Her sick mother is in a Philadelphia hospital. Rachel has another reason for wanting to go to Italy; however, her secondary goal does not have the blessing from her mother. Rachel is given "press credentials" and an "honorary classification as captain" and sent overseas to Italy. She is assigned to a lieutenant who is apart of the Monuments group and he will be her escort.Shadowed by Grace, gave me the opportunity to do further research.(By the way, The movie Monuments Men begins today at theaters.)I am familiar with the Monuments Men; but had not read books on this history.My dad a Veteran of World War II, D-day Omaha Beach and Battle of the Bulge. Dad passed away last August. He and I both have read extensively books on World War II.The main character in Shadowed by Grace is a photographer, not a writer. There were few women photographers and writers involved in journalism work during World War II. These women were gutsy, defiant, independent. It was not considered feminine or socially acceptable for a woman to do this type of work. (Several links are given below with the emphasis on women journalists during World War II.)I'm reminded of a story my dad told about when he was photographed for a photo in Life Magazine August 1944 issue. He thought the photographer was crazy for being out there in the middle of, "Battle of the Hedgerows." I can imagine my dad's shock if he'd seen a woman photographer, he would have been appalled and angry.Pros and Cons:1. I believe Shadowed by Grace has correct historical facts. One minor problem I disliked, the names of the main characters are modern. Rachel is an Old Testament bible name, but not common for children born in 1920 (in the US.) Two other names, Tyler and Scott are modern names. (See link below from the Social Security Administration of the top names for children born in 1920.) I feel it would've given better authenticity to have common names used for this era.2. In the military, rank and last names are used. I noticed when speaking audibly to each other last names are used, but in their thoughts first names are used. I feel last names should have been precedent. Although, the Monuments Men were not trained military, they were assigned to the Civil Affairs and Military Government Section, it is possible they did not have to adhere to the using of last names and rank.3. Shadowed by Grace, had an opportunity to share a story which has not been told before in a Christian fiction book, female photographers and journalists during World War II. I feel this became a background for a love story. I would have liked to see Rachel's personality more tough, resilient, gutsy. She had a double focus in her mission to Italy; but as soon as her "boots" were on the ground she is persuaded by a handsome face.4. I do feel Shadowed by Grace gives a vivid impression of several factors: civilian abuse, death, carnage of war, fear of enemy, lack of food and shelter.5. A brief mention of Mt. Vesuvius interruption, March 1944. This was the last time Vesuvius interrupted. I thought this is really interesting the author showing another bit of history. 6. I have an old book of my dad's, it's from the Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army: U. S. Army in World War II European Theater of Operations Cross-Channel Attack by G. A. Harrison. I wanted to point out the history of 5th Army in Italy operations. The 5th Army is where Rachel is later assigned."The landing behind the enemy lines facing the Fifth Army was designed to force the Germans to pull out and leave the road to Rome open. Instead of pulling out, the Germans held the Fifth Army attack at the Gustav Line and counterattacked the beachhead." ---This was early in 1944. Over-all I really liked this book. I did not give the book 5 stars, because I would have liked less dilly- dally romance, more of the war and what the Monuments Men did.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-09-29 05:53

    "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 Woogie Bugle Boy" on the small Kadette radio sitting atop a stack of papers on Bobby's overloaded credenza. She kept her back so straight her men's-style tailored blazer pulled her shoulders back. She didn't blink, couldn't give a single sign of weakness. Her editor may have taken all those steps, but she'd had to convince him first, all while watching her mother waste away day by day. "I hope you know what you're doing, Justice.""I do." she put as much force behind the word as she could without shouting. He leaned back in his chair, unlit cigar poised to punctuate a thought. "You've got talent. A way with that camera."She stroked the case, feeling as if it naturally extended from her. "Don't let me down. Send back photos that will wow readers." He didn't have to mention his bosses."Yes, sir." Rachel lurched to her feet and straightened her skirt's front pleat as she hurried from the room before he could call her back. :There was so much to do. Too much before she could join the mass of soldiers and handful of civilians who would cross the Atlantic aboard the HMS Queen Mary. If she hurried, she could finish cleaning the apartment and still make it to the hospital before visiting hours ended. It was a stop Rachel had to make, yet dreaded. How could she explain to her mother what she was doing while hiding her secondary purpose?"(Excerpt.)In the latest novel from best selling author Cara C Putman, Shadowed by Grace takes readers into the heart of Italy in 1944 following United Press photography Rachel Justice as she attempts to locate her father whom she believes can help provide the money to help her mother battle tuberculosis and get well. The only clue she has is her mother's journal and a sketchbook from an artist with the initials RMA. Her only ally in the process is Lieutenant Scott Lindstorm who is assigned as an officer with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division to escort Rachel along the way to shot photographs for the division in need of good press. He was there to help shore up classic buildings that had stood since the Roman Empire that aerial bombings destroyed. Or locate priceless pieces of art created by the masters of the thirteenth century to ensure the fighting hadn't destroyed them. Or plan for the restoration of those that had been touched by the war. The tales that art disappeared behind the lines made it more important than ever that he leave the city for the locations where the sculpture, paintings and altarpieces were housed. He wasn't looking for a tagalong. What ensues will cause them both to question their true purpose for being in Italy during WWII and in the process find a much deeper meaning into why their paths crossed after all!I received Shadowed by Grace by Cara C. Putman compliments of Litfuse Publicity and B and H Publishing Group for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. This took me into a side of the war I never knew existed as a division of men know as the Monument Men, protected the culture of the country by guarding and locating precious works of art. This is based on true life events that transpired during the war along with a touch of romance to keep the story interesting. Being a huge fan of WWII history I absolutely LOVED this and wanted to know how it would all play out with WWII Italy being the backdrop. I was not disappointed and easily give this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Barbara Shelton
    2018-10-11 04:51

    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 Robert Edsel above the words “Dallas man drove movie on WWII art rescue”...and went on to talk about the movie made about Monument Men, based on his book about the group’s heroic efforts. Of course, my attention was caught immediately because I had just read his name in your personal notes at the back of the book. Just wanted to let you know....your story made quite an impression on me...imagine finding this article this morning!! Best of God's Blessings, Barb SheltonNot only did reading this article put real faces to the imaginary names in Cara’s story, it enlightened me to the thorough research she immersed herself within to write this fascinating story. Now, I could see Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom as George Clooney (instead of Gregory Peck) and had already imaged Anne Hathaway as Captain Rachel Justice.Cara Putman’s story is indeed based on cultural affairs….and I do not mean that word loosely regarding Rachel and Scott! Each, the epitome of respectable ethics in an ungracious period of history. Some of the characters in the story rank as unscrupulous and conniving, while other’s exhibit bravery and faith in God to grace them with safety and daily provisions of which there was little. It was dangerous to lose direction while traveling by jeep, especially if the driver had already lost his way spiritually.This is a love story surrounded by treacherous conditions of war. Ms. Putman’s exclusive subject on saving historical art masterpieces was literally unknown to me and I reverentially appreciate learning how this world has been able to continue the study and enjoyment of historic art because of a few military men assigned their duty as Monument Men.. God is our eternal guardian and brings about good from the worst of circumstances through his children and angels.If you have noticed the absence of story details in this review, that is on purpose. You can read those in other fine reviews of Shadowed by Grace and on the back cover of the book. The uniqueness of this story is complimented by the unusual civilian career as an art museum curator held by Scott Lindstrom; and the fact that a woman photographer, Rachel Justice, assigned to the war zone during that time in history was not a common happening. Will the mystery of finding the father in Italy Rachel never knew be “wrapped up?” Will Scott be allowed to understand why Rachel is so afraid of falling in love? Why is Rachel’s ill mother so unwilling to offer Rachel the answers to her birth? This story is about war, peace, love, culture, fear, bravery, searching, redemption, and God’s grace fulfilled. Oh, by the way, Cara Putman graciously replied to my note, and my respectful regard for her as an author and friend is sincerely touched. Her writing fulfilled my expectations because it taught me something important about history I did not know. I eagerly anticipate reading her next book. You need to read this story! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  • Raechel
    2018-09-21 05:54

    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 "Shadowed by Grace" and I appreciated that.I am still contemplating all my thoughts on this book. It stuck with me, which if a book is boring or uninteresting to me, it won't stay with me. But I will be honest and say that I had a bit of a hard time really getting into the book. Some parts just didn't grab my attention and keep it there.The idea of the book is great - the setting is fantastic, the realness is good, and the characters are marvelous. But it lacked something, in my opinion. The story itself wasn't as great as I was hoping for. That doesn't mean that someone else won't love it though. In fact, I think many would greatly enjoy it, especially if they love art. I, however, have never really been interested in art, and therefore didn't enjoy it quite as much.I really liked the characters, though. Rachel specifically. She was very real. All the characters were well built-up.I didn't mind the romance - I actually thought it was at a pretty okay level for the most part. Some books focus mainly on the romance and it is heavily played out in the book, but that wasn't the case in "Shadowed by Grace" and I appreciated that. I think that at some points the kissing was a little much, and they kind of jumped into a relationship between the two main characters, but I also think that it was a bit more believable because of the war.Mrs. Putman, you can tell, did a lot of research for this book. That made it very real and believable.This book wasn't a favourite for me, but there was something about it that 'sparked'. I don't know exactly how to explain it. Besides the story itself, there is something in the pages that I can't quite put my finger on, but I really liked. Something that got in my head and settled there. The book continued to play out in my head even after I finished it. There's a certain curiosity with it - between the words -that I loved; something written between the lines.Sometimes I loved the style of writing, and sometimes it confused me, but overall I liked how the author wrote how she wanted to. I think an author has a right to write how they want and I saw that in this book. The message of God's love towards the end was very good, as well. I think that aspect was well written, though some parts were a bit brief or sudden. Rachel's journey was good and interesting to follow.There is great potential in this book; there were just some rough parts. The more I think about the book, the more I think fondly of it and want to give it another try sometime in the future.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-10-21 02:51

    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 faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.About the Author:Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I've been writing books.Shadowed by Grace is my 17th novel and a story of my heart. I have also written one non-fiction title (the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law).In addition to writing, I am an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School. Because I had a few spare moments, I am now in Purdue University's MBA program. You can learn more about my books at http://www.caraputman.com.My Review: Rachel only wants to whats best for her mom, even if that means finding her father in a war filled country. Having a job with a widely known newspaper, she easily was sent over to the country to take photos. But seeing the destruction is not what she had imagined, or even the handsome soldier who was forced into following her around day after day. Not matter how much it saddened her to see the homeless people, the orphaned kids, there was nothing in her power she could do. She knows that if she can just get these things on film that it will start a chain reaction back in America, but this handsome solider seems to be standing in her way. Scott finds this photographer smart and so beautiful its intoxicating. But he can't let that stand in the way of his orders, even if he doesn't like them. Why would he want to make her so bored she'd want to go home, if she was there for a purpose. But still he didn't know what the purpose was for, all she said was she was there to take photo's to send back home to show what is really going on across seas. Being around her, he questions not only his-self but also his duties, he wants to do anything and everything to make her happy. But there's no way to know what she's truly there for and why. Maybe he could find a way to help her, if he only knew.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

  • Faith
    2018-10-18 08:48

    *Shadowed by Grace* is a very well-paced historical novel where the writing is sensory: I could feel the pounding in my head after the shells fell, I could see the glow of candlelight in the tiny restaurant where Rachel and Scott found near-normalcy for a short while, and when I read about Scott and Tyler flying along the roads in the Jeep, I wanted to grab for the dash-board! The plot of this novel hinges upon an obscure and fascinating aspect of the war years. I had never really thought about the art in a place like Italy during the war... art that was lost or pillaged and destroyed as the bombs fell and the armies entered and retreated. As my friend pointed out, a people's art embodies their history, flows out of their culture, and carries their hopes. So it is really neat that we had a contingency of men working to rescue and preserve the art and artifacts. They were called The Monuments Men. And that's what Lt. Scott Lindstrom is. Here's a quote from Shadowed by Grace to introduce you to him: "If he looked back, he'd see everything he had left behind in Philadelphia. He'd spent his education and career developing expertise in Italian Medieval and Renaissance art. He felt destined to help protect it..." Scott is a confident and quiet man. Another scene: "Scott approached the table and stood at ease. 'I'm here with the Monuments and Fine Arts Administration of the United States Army. We desire to work with you to protect Rome's great artistic treasures and shore up any damaged monuments. If we can help with locating lost art, we will do that as well." And here is a glimpse into out heroine's psyche, as she wondered who would miss her if something happened while she was overseas: "There was no-one to wrap an arm around her and pull her close, whether to ward off the chill or because he couldn't get close enough." You can tell that Rachel is a woman with a tender, longing heart, and a desire to make a difference. She wants to use her camera skills to bring the war home to Americans, who can't imagine the horror and hope that mingle in a battle's wake. As Rachel says about her role, "Captain Rachel Justice, sir. Photographer with United Press. "Something that stood out to be about Rachel especially was the way she reacted to the world of war.Sometimes she was brave, and sometimes she was timid. I found that to be just as it should be.If Rachel had never wavered in fear, she wouldn't have been real. And one more item of note, pay close attention to the love story. Scott upholds high standards of honor and uprightness toward Rachel, even before there is any romance. Oh for a time when the majority of men would treat women this way, protecting them and treating them with respect and dignity even in a war zone. Thank you Litfuse for my review copy!

  • Iola
    2018-09-24 05:37

    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 father can help pay for.Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom is an officer in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Division, better known as the Monuments Men. I’d never heard of them, so this was a pleasant surprise which elevated the novel from interesting into something more original, which I like. (The division will also be the subject of an upcoming film, The Monument Men, starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. After reading Shadowed by Grace, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. And not just because it’s got George Clooney.)Rachel and Scott meet when he is assigned to show her around. Fate keeps throwing them together as the fighting moves north, closer to Tuscany, where Rachel believes her father lives. The plot works well on several levels, with the romance between Rachel and Scott developing as they spent more time together, supported by subplots of war, missing artefacts and Rachel’s search for her father, and for faith. Overall, the book flowed well, and presented an original plot, likeable and interesting characters and an underlying Christian message. The one thing that annoyed me was when a British character introduced himself as “Leftenant Alistair Barkley”. Yes, I understand they are trying to show us the different accent, but in that case, why not introduce the Americans as Lootenant? And wouldn’t a Southerner pronounce words differently than someone from Los Angeles or Boston? So why weren’t these words spelled differently? (And why was Barkley referred to as Indian? The British ran India in 1945, and Barkley’s family was from England, so he would have considered himself British or English, not Indian.)I have read a couple of Cara Putman’s contemporary novellas, and while they were solid, they weren’t special in the way Shadowed by Grace is. I just hope we see more in this series—Shadowed by Grace is published by B&H, who announced last year they were closing their fiction line. It would be a shame if this were Putman’s only novel in this vein. Recommended for historical fiction fans. Thanks to B&H Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Beth
    2018-10-21 02:30

    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 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 faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.My Thoughts: Shadowed by Grace is the first fiction book I have read by Cara C. Putman and I enjoyed it. This book focuses on the Monument Men of World War II and the artifacts that went missing during WWII and how the United States soldiers worked to find them. Photographer Rachel finds herself teamed up with Monuments Man Scott Lindstrom as they head north in Italy. As they travel, they encounter locals who either welcome or distrust them, and pillaged Catholic churches. They help where they can, and Rachel takes photographs of the devastation. They eventually reach the castle of Montegufoni, where many works from Florence were hidden for safety during the war. It is there that they meet a former associate of Scott’s, a man who may hold the key to Rachel’s personal history. As most familiar with my blog know, I am a huge Historical Fiction fan! I love to read these books that have fact and fiction weaved together. Cara C. Putman writes with authority about the world during WWII especially Italy, Germany, and The United States, the jobs of Monument Men, the military during WWII, and works of art of Italy. As I read this book I could see these works of art in my mind from the vivid descriptions through out this book. I enjoyed the characters in this book especially Rachel. Her determination and dedication to her art were heart warming. Also her journey to finding God in her life again especially through Scott's display of faith. I felt like I was there watching the events unfold. I loved the historical facts that went into this book. I learned quite a bit about WWII I didn't know. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I give this book 4 stars! I look forward to reading more from Cara C. Putman.

  • Reet Champion
    2018-10-09 05:33

    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 search for her father she will also be capturing images of war to be published in newspapers. In the course of her job she is thrown together with Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom, a “Monument’s Man”.Scott has his own problems. Besides shuttling around a female photographer who his superiors palmed off on him, he must convince locals that he means to help them protect and preserve their valuable art pieces that the Nazis will either steal or destroy. It’s a job easier said than done. And then there’s Rachel. She has something up her sleeve and a mysterious sketchbook ties in with it all. How she came by such a valuable sketchbook is a question he must find out.To be honest I approached this book with a less than enthusiastic attitude. But now that is finished and migrated from the to-read list and over to read, I am very happy to have had the opportunity to read Shadowed by Grace. The setting, the mystery and the humor were infused with history and vivid scenes of World War II. There was a meaning for every passage and the prose was excellent. The twists in the plot only served to heighten my respect for Cara Putnam’s abilities as a writer. The twists were totally unexpected and I love it when an author can surprise me. Brilliant read.DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Shadowed by Grace” from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, B&H Books, in exchange for our honest review.reetchampionbookreviews.wordpress.com

  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    2018-10-17 02:41

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKRachel 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 up.This story started of kind of slow for me because there is so much detail, but as I kept reading, the details started to get more and more interesting to follow. Cara Putman sure did a fantastic job in researching the details of the time frame of the setting. I had never heard of the elite group of soldiers called the Monuments Men, so meeting Scott Lindstrom and his knowledge of historical art was a special treat for me. I took some art classes in college and knew some about fresco paintings, so it was very interesting as Ms. Putman talked about a lot of the fresco paintings that were damaged in the war.I encourage you to pick up a copy of Shadowed by Grace and follow Scott and Rachel as they do the jobs they were sent into the war zone to do, as well as working to find Rachel’s father. There are many twists and turns, and war scenes that made their journey dangerous at times, and you will find yourself not wanting to put this book down! I think you will find this wonderful story by Cara Putman as interesting as I did!I received this book from the publisher B&H Publishing Group and Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

  • Andrea Cox
    2018-10-04 02:35

    By Andrea Renee CoxA 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 understand what it’s all about. Of course that isn’t the only reason she took on the job, but I can’t give away all her secrets. When she starts her journey, Rachel Justice wonders if she’ll ever be able to find peace in a time of war.Throughout the chapters, I found myself completely immersed in the time period and setting. I’ve never been to Italy, but I sure felt like I was right there with Rachel. That’s when I realized I’d discovered a new favorite author. When history and the characters and the place really leap off the pages and come alive, that’s when I realize I’m falling in love with reading all over again.One thing that really resonated with me was Rachel’s longing to “do something that matters.” I don’t know about you, but that’s what whispers through my heart too. I want to do something that matters. Something that not only will make a difference in the world, but something that really makes a difference in the spiritual sense. Furthering God’s kingdom. Advancing the Gospel. I’m not sure exactly what this something is yet, but I know God will reveal it to me in the right time. In the meantime, I’ll keep focusing on the tasks before me, which I’m sure are preparing me for whatever may come next.

  • writer...
    2018-10-06 09:55

    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 pursuit. The journey to attain her goal is both treacherous and self-affirming. Rachel grows in her art, relationships, and faith even as the intrigue of the journey captures and captivates her.Historical details well researched and intriguing, I did not want to put this story down. The horrors of the war scenes encountered were realistic and emotionally engaged me even as the relational interludes offered relief in the story's ebb and flow. Descriptions were colourful. Pacing kept the story alternately moving and standing as the main characters experienced wartime realities of siege and retreat. I found the story filled with enlightening historical detail and rich in relational interactions. The blossoming romance was drawn with many emotionally lovely touches. Putman created an intelligent hero of worth and honour with intriguing past connections to the monuments he was sent to protect. Suspense regarding these efforts was superbly sustained and concluding revelations dramatic enough to please even this reader.Definitely a substantial entry for my first experience with the writing of Ms Putman.*Appreciation to B&H Books for providing an ecopy for reading and review.

  • Regina Jennings
    2018-10-08 10:45

    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 that Rachel's primary purpose is a personal quest that might interfere with his mission. Added to their sometimes conflicting agendas is the fear that someone is stealing the priceless masterpieces right from under their noses.The George Clooney movie uses humor to ease some of heartbreak of WWII, while Cara Putnam takes us there, viewing the devastation through the sensitive lens of Rachel's camera. The effect was powerful when Rachel stopped to perfectly frame the scene and to describe what she was seeing. Another difference between the movie and the book was that the movie gives a broad overview of several different teams as they fan out across Europe. "Shadowed by Grace" allows us to invest emotionally in one couple and their journey, giving it a much richer feel. Kudos to the author for the wonderful story. Whether or not you've seen "The Monuments Men" movie, this novel offers a more developed characterization of the men and women who rescued the treasures of our civilization.

  • Jencey/
    2018-10-04 09:47

    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.Synopsis: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 for her mother. Will her mother be able to last? The only other hope is for Rachel to find her father in Italy. She has a sketchpad and her mother’s journal to help her in her search. Once she arrives everything is not easy. Rachel is assigned to the Monuments Men unit. She assists Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom as he catalogues art. Will he help her find the answers Rachel so desperately needs?My Thoughts:This is my first novel by Cara Putnam. I will be revisiting more of Cara’s work in the future. If you enjoy Brock and Bodie Thoene and their stories you will enjoy Shadowed by Grace. I loved the subject of the Monuments men. The movie that is also based on this topic is being released this weekend as well. The genre is Romantic Suspense and while the focus is on Scott and Rachel’s relationship there is more to the story. The author stays true to the history of the 1940s and the World War II. The only note is that I felt that the author waited a long time to move the plot along.

  • Amy Bradsher
    2018-09-24 04:29

    This is by far my favorite Cara C. Putnam book. It's completely fascinating. In all the years that I've been studying World War II, I've never heard of the Monuments Men - specific members of the Allied Forces tasked with preserving special art pieces throughout Europe - and I wish that I had. This is a topic that I definitely want to learn more about.Though Putnam fills in lots of historical blanks with this book. She answers questions about who, how, and what sort of work these special men did, but she doesn't stop there.The Monuments Men are not the only unusual people on the front lines that she discusses in this story - the main character of this book is a female photographer who's after telling the war's story via pictures. Were there female photographers so close to the front lines? I don't know, but with so many women serving in the war, it's possible - and it's an intriguing idea.Rachel's very quest - to find the father she never met and save her mother's life - is a doozy. Tracking a man whose name she doesn't know in the midst of war with only a sketchbook as a potential clue is next to impossible, but it makes for a spectacular story, especially when you throw in a Monument Man as a love interest.Shadowed by Grace is the absolute best World War II story I've read in years. Don't miss this one.I received a free copy of Shadowed by Grace from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dana Kamstra
    2018-09-25 06:34

    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 novel shines is in the character of Rachel. Her character undergoes dramatic (but it's subtle in the course of the story) changes in the novel. Rachel's story is what keeps the pages turning, wondering if she can find her father and who he will truly turn out to be.In the course of her search, she meets Scott. He is a surprise to her plans, but also a friend in helping her with them.Shadowed by Grace depicts a part of WWII that most people aren't as familiar with or something they think about much. The devastating part of WWII is all of the art and historical buildings that were at risk from the war and shelling. Putman does a wonderful job capturing how the people (primarily in Italy since that is where the novel takes place) took care to protect their art and their heartbrokenness over what was lost.**I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review**

  • Rebekah Gyger
    2018-10-04 08:43

    When I first saw this, I was interested because it had to do with the monuments men. With the movie soon coming out about them, I thought it would be interesting to learn about them somewhat before hand. I was disappointed to find little information on how the monuments men actually worked. Scott goes from place to place to save art, yet most of those interactions are glossed over and there is no real idea of what he is doing.The romance was cute, but a bit predictable. Scott and Rachel continuously bump into each other. While this makes sense in some instances, that they always meet up in different cities outside of their orders, it was unbelievable. To those who know the history of the war, it was rare to find anyone after the war, let alone during it. There were simply too many coincidences.As I said, Scott and Rachel made a cute couple, and outside of the war I would have enjoyed their story. However, as a history lover as well as a romance reader, I could not overcome my disappointment in the lack of information.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2018-10-11 10:32

    Cara Putman has wonderfully put the story with the Monuments Men to paper, I had never heard of them before, how awesome that we had these men. The story weaves a tale of War, we get shot at many times. We find a plethora of irreplaceable masterpieces, and now I have an idea of what these men preserved.Rachel Justice a determined young woman. Her Mother is out of options to help her TB, and is literally dying. They need money! She is a gifted photographer, and heads to Italy as a newspaper photographer. She is hoping to find her father there, whom she doesn't even know his name. She does have a few clues.Also we have Private Scott Lindstrom, a Monument Man, determined to make sure the treasures are there and kept safe. What both don't suspect is a bit of romance?? You will also be surprised at some of the other happenings during war time! Make sure you wear your helmet, you are going to be staying in a country that is being attacked.What a great glimpse into history!!I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Vicki Andrada
    2018-10-10 09:58

    I loved this book! It is the first book I've read by Cara Putman, and it didn't disappoint!This book takes place during world war II, a period I am intensely interested in, and have been from a very young age. She does her research, and I love that in a writer! While the story is fiction, I believe researching a period to help us better understand what went on, and how it was for the people that lived it through the characters in the story is very important! Cara Putman did this very well!If you like romance, a little suspense, and a story that conveys the love of our heavenly father, Jesus Christ in it, this is a book for you! This says it's book one, so I assume Cara Putman intends on writing more about the monuments men. I look forward to reading those books, too! I also look forward to reading other books by her! She'll definitely be an author I'll be going back to read more from!

  • Elli
    2018-10-17 08:29

    2.5 actually for me. The plot was excellent, some of the twists and turns were very good, but all in all considered for me, it reminded me of why I very rarely look into labelled as Christian literature. I think this was more a relationship thing than the monuments men looking to save treasures. It was just too too for me, but I admit, I don't like overdone romances. When someone spends a full page and a half going into the morays involving sleeping in the same small area when you're on a battle route with mines everywhere at night when you can't see anyhow, this is a bit much, I mean, like Get Real! Overdone and redundant, too, will all the romantic quandaries involved. I'm sure some would like this sort of thing, but it's certainly not for me. But, to each, his own. One great thing about different viewpoints to different books and there are alot of tastes to choose from.