Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review

I have just finished reading a great book, "Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men" by Cara C. Putman. It is an historical fiction love story placed in Italy during World War II. Rachel is a photojournalist on assignment to photograph the war, in addition to another purpose that you must read to discover. Scott is an officer with the U.S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division. I loved the characters. We had recently seen the movie, "The Monuments Men", so this book really came alive for me.

I highly recommend it! Local peeps, you can find it our church library.

The story followed the war from Naples, to Rome, through Tuscany and on to Florence. In 2005 Rich and I were privileged to visit Italy with a tour group of Westmont College alumni and parents. We did not visit Naples, but we visited the other places mentioned in the book. Here are some of our photos from those places. Pieces of art are beyond description!

Views of Rome from the Vatican.


Art in Vatican Museum.

Rome Colosseum.

Colosseum Arch of Constatine.

Arch of Septimus.

Views of Tuscany.

Arno River from Pt. Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio.

Florence Duomo Complex.

Thankfully there were those of the Greatest Generation willing to risk their lives for the art and culture of this marvelous country!


  1. I vivaciously traveled with YOU through your photos of Italy.. Thank YOU for posting such a heartwarming story of LOVE...

  2. Loved this. Love Italy. Such a beautiful place.

  3. The coliseums give me a chill. To think of people watching other people being torn apart by lions or burned alive or hacked to death. We saw these in Switzerland and Israel also.