Shannon here: Historical romance author, Cara C. Putman shares the romantic setting for her latest release, Shadowed by Grace and a chance to win a copy. Comment on any post dated Jan 13 – 15 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Jan 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Cara:
While writing Shadowed by Grace, I lived vicariously in one of the most romantic spots on earth. Where did we get romance languages? Where did pasta originate? Where do people dream of going on honeymoons and vacations?
Why Italy of course!
Through the pages of the book and my research, I felt like I settled into Naples, Rome and finally Florence. Exploring the countryside in between. Smelling the grapes warming in the summer air. Viewing the vistas, monuments, and art. One of my best finds was a castle about 18 kilometers outside Florence. Montegufoni is a key setting in my book because it was one of the main repositories for Florence’s wealth of art during WWII. Yet as I researched I discovered something fascinating.
Montegufoni is currently a hotel where I could stay!
I have spent hours staring at photos vacationers have taken, perusing the website, soaking in the atmosphere and ambiance and wondering what exactly would it be like to stay there.
If we stayed there, we’d have to make day trips to Florence and Sienna. Visit the places I wrote about in Florence. But I can’t think of many locations that would be more romantic or a better place to escape. A castle for a hotel. Vineyards leading to olive groves leading into cities filled with ancient buildings and incredible art. Cafes with fresh pasta. It sounds like the ideal set-up for romance for me.
About Cara: Cara Putman is a romantic at heart, which is why her books always have romance along with history or suspense. Shegraduated high school at 16, college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. An award-winning author of seventeen books with more on the way, she is active in women’s ministry at her church and is a lecturer on business and employment law to graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Krannert. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/caraputman,Twitter: www.twitter.com/cara_putman, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/caraputman, Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/CaraPutman
About the book – Shadowed by Grace: Rachel Justice is desperate to save her dying mother. She doesn’t want to leave her, but she accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy and photograph war images. No one knows her photography is a cover and that Rachel is really seeking to find the father she never knew, hopeful to get some help with her failing mother. Dedicated to her mission, Rachel is focused on completing it. Soon, though, she finds her priorities and plans changing when she is assigned to Lt. Scott Lindstrom, on mission as a Monument Man. Their meeting will have far-reaching consequences. Will this derail her plans? Will she ever find her father? Is her faith enough to carry her through?
Come back Jan 15th for Cara’s interview!