Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (Blog Tour & Review)

The Butterfly and the Violin
by Kristy Cambron
A Hidden Masterpiece Novel, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Historical
Available July 2014
Thomas Nelson
336 pages



About the Book
A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
 
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
 
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
 
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.
 
As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

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My Thoughts
It's not often that I pick up a book that strikes such a powerful chord within me. The Butterfly and the Violin tells a moving story of Adele, a young woman living in Austria and later as a prisoner at Auschwitz during World War II. However, the story also bridges the gap between past and present by introducing us to Sera and William in the present day as they search for an obscure painting of Adele that holds great meaning for both. It's often difficult to span two time periods and tell two stories at once, but Cambron does an amazing job at representing both well.

The characters are amazing. The stories are simply beautiful. And I found it difficult to stop reading for mundane tasks such as going to work or sleeping! I am eagerly anticipating the remaining novels in this series and highly, highly recommend this book!   [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read The Butterfly and the Violin. I think it's so interesting how art and music bloomed and survived such a horrific event.

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