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.
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