Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (Blog Tour + Review)

A Sparrow in Terezin
by Kristy Cambron
A Hidden Masterpiece series, Book 2
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available April 2015
Thomas Nelson
368 pages

About the Book
Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

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My Thoughts
I absolutely loved Kristy Cambron's debut novel last summer, so I was thrilled to read A Sparrow in Terezin. We get to pick up with some of the characters from the previous novel, which is always nice. However, the historical story arc definitely stole the show for me (even though I'm definitely in more of a contemporary mood most days right now!).

Somehow Cambron is able to bring a sense of newness to World War II fiction. The way she focuses on the concentration camps and those who lived there during the war provides a unique element that is extremely powerful. And it allows her to provide a story set in World War II, a favorite time period for many historical fans, while still delivering a fresh story.

With a blend of intrigue, romance, and the devastation of war, Kristy Cambron has given us a gift in A Sparrow in Terezin.  [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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