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Cara C. Putman

Author Bio:

Cara Putman is a woman living a dream God planted in her heart years ago.

An honors graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, Cara is an attorney licensed in Virginia and Indiana. She clerked for the Honorable Loren Smith at the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. before following her husband to Indiana.

In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. At the book signing her husband told Colleen Coble that she wanted to be writer. She's been running ever since to keep up. Barbour's Heartsong Presents has released six of her books, including Canteen Dreams, a WWII historical set in Nebraska that won the 2008 Book of the Year for Short Historical. She also wrote romantic suspense for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, mysteries in a Guidepost series, a trade for Summerside, novellas and trade for Barbour, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law--just to be different.

Cara is also an attorney, wife, mom to three, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is.

Books by Author

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Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

Three siblings experience World War II through the lens of varied experience. In a time when the future is uncertain and romance a risky venture, the love and wisdom of their grandmother centers them as they search for love and deeper faith. White Christmas by Cara C. Putman A candy maker and a puzzle…

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Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men

Shadowed by Grace is a dramatic story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to capture images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive…

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Rainbow's End

Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with Lyssa, the reluctant volunteer whose former nemesis is now her chief sponsor; Madison, a city girl paired with an outdoorsy guy who gets on her very last nerve; Hadley, who doesn't know enough about guys to realize she's…

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A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

Join attorney Alanna Stone as she returns home despite her determination to never set foot on Mackinac Island again. Once again in close proximity to Jonathan Covington, her first love, she vows to protect her privacy and her heart from the man who still makes her pulse race. But when her worst fears…

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Cherry Blossom Capers

Encounter mystery, mayhem, and murder near Washington, DC, alongside four professional females. White House assistant chef Tara Whitley works with an old flame, FBI agent Jack Courtland, to stop a plot to sabotage a state-dinner. Attorney Ciara Turner and her nemesis Daniel Evans have trials tracking…

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Ohio Brides

Step into 1940s Ohio when dreams are challenged by a climate of war. Newlyweds, Josie and Art are struggling to begin their life in a new city where war refugees are seeking shelter. Evelyn joins the WAVES to be of assistance, but Mark, an engineer, feels she is a distraction. Kat makes the All-American…

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Stars in the Night

Stars in the Night is a historical romantic suspense set in Hollywood during 1942. When Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears in Hollywood, Audra flies there to find her, but has to identify her body instead. Determined to find the killer and bring him to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood…

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A Promise Forged

When Kat Miller first tires out for the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she thinks how exciting it would be to get paid to play the game she loves. But then she actually makes a team. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and the challenge of making time for God. Not…

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Trial by Fire

Her mother's house was first. Then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path? Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant…

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A Promise Born

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Evelyn is done with promises. Talk is cheap," Evelyn Happ declares. Her fiance broke up with her days before their scheduled wedding, and her father…

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A Promise Kept

Josie begins her newlywed life with excitement and love. Art Wilson is everything she hoped for in a husband. It seems her prayers have been answered as many dreams come true. But when one dream dies, Josie is not sure her wounded heart will ever heal. Art Wilson adores his bride and can't spend enough…

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Captive Dreams

With the war that rages in Europe landing at the Goodman fields with the arrival of German prisoners of war, Anna Goodman fears the war will destroy what’s left of her family. Her mother is dead, her father has given up on life, and her brother, Brent, goes missing in action in World War II. Even…

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Deadly Exposure

A MURDER AT INTERMISSION How could a killer have struck in a crowded theater? That was the question plaguing TV news reporter Dani Richards. She'd been in the box next to the victim -- and hadn't heard or seen a thing. Now the very man who broke Dani's heart years ago is investigating the murder. And…

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Sandhill Dreams

Lainie Gardner dreamed of becoming a nurse. Of serving her country. Of doing something important in the war. But rheumatic fever changed all that, and instead of running home, Lainie is determined to find a job at Fort Robinson in Nebraska's sandhills. Tom Hamilton had dreams, too. Dreams of preparing…

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Canteen Dreams

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Audrey Stone wants to help in the war effort. But what's a young schoolteacher from Nebraska to do? When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey finds her place. She spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers…

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Cornhusker Dreams

Relive the glory days of WWII on the Nebraska home front and watch as dreams come full circle. Audrey and Willard work together through their war torn grief. Lainie and Tom try to build new goals for making a difference in the war effort. Anna and Sid learn to trust and rely on others in times of need.…


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