This is a story of Monuments Men -- the men of World War II who protected the ancient arts from the Nazi war machine. And of a young photo journalist whose drive to find her father is the only path to saving her mother's life. And it's in Italy. I will go back to Italy any way I can. If I can't sit in that little cafe sipping espresso in Tuscany, then I'll do it through a book. And duck, as planes zoom overhead and a handsome G.I. with an insatiable quench for the arts shields me with his protective arms.
Yeah. I think I got a little too emotionally involved.
Get this quote, straight from the book. "Out of the destruction the church seemed to whisper there was still hope. She longed to believe it. That hope waited to be grasped with both hands and yanked to her heart".
Crazy stuff went on in protecting priceless works of art during World War II. Cara's characters, Scott and Rachel are layered, deep, and take the reader into the intrigue of the war. The spiriting away of inanimate objects that captivated the soul of a nation. Hiding them, shielding them. In the same way, Rachel experiences her own story of a nation that claims half of her blood and shields its own secrets of her birth.
Here's the back cover:
You will go crazy over this one and of course we're giving away a copy. BUT! Here's something a little extra, Cara is joining us for COFFEE on Monday at my Facebook page from 10am-Noon CST. Like the page if you haven't already. Then, come visit! Cara will be responding to your posts LIVE! and we'll be giving away Tuscan soap, Coffee and other items. Not to mention, everyone who joins the coffee chat will get an entry into the drawing and the winner will be announced here on the blog next Friday.
So tell us ... what is YOUR favorite part about World War II history OR what monument would you weep if it had been lost from us forever?