Thursday, January 30, 2014

Shadowed by Grace By Cara C. Putman Book Review


// Shadowed by Grace //

By Cara C. Putman

{Review By Bethany}
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 1433681781
Publisher: B & H Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Bethany's Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
// Book Synopsis //

"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." 

// Bethany's Book Review //
I have always has an acute interest and love for novels set during the second World War. I love the history involved, as well as the things that took place during this time period, and overall find it very interesting. So whenever I come across an opportunity to review a novel set during this time period, I jump at it which is exactly what happened with this novel. I was very excited about reading it and hoped I'd enjoy it, but unfortunately, I found it a bit difficult to get through, for me personally.
When thinking over the novel after completing it, I was trying to evaluate it as a whole and decided on what rating to give it. While I didn't think it was worthy of two stars, this rating seeming too harsh considered how I did in some ways like it, and three stars being a bit more than I enjoyed it, I finally decided to settle with 2.5 stars, in the middle ground.
I really think that the reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought was because of the writing style, as it was different for me. When requesting to review this book I had never heard of this author nor the publisher, and requested it only because the synopsis looked very interesting. The reason why I think this book didn't settle with me so well was because of the writing style. While the synopsis and story line were well plotted out, I felt like the way it was delivered was different than what I'm used to; and in some ways I found it hard to connect or "get into" the story because of how it was written. It seemed to be written in a very slow way, and I often found myself loosing interest in the story and not really having an interest in turning pages. While I loved the plot and time period, I just felt like the ways it was written was much more different than I'm used to, and somewhat hindered the way I experienced the story. I am not sure if I was just expecting a very action packed novel due to the setting, or if I just didn't experience the story like others may have, but for whatever reason I just couldn't get into the story.
Sadly this novel wasn't for me, however I am by no means saying it is the same for everyone, as I've had friends who really enjoyed this book and were able to really enjoy it. So please do give it a try if you are interested, and realize that just because I couldn't get into the story doesn't mean you couldn't enjoy it. I just wanted to share my personal, honest thoughts on my experience with this novel.
D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group for the sole purpose of this review and sharing my honest opinion of the book. I was in no way paid to write this review; and all thoughts expressed my review are completely honest and unbiased.
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