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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It is hard to put this book into words that will fully capture it, but here is my attempt. Every word of this book was beautiful! I was swept away and didn't want to return. I loved how it was both a WWII story and a modern day one and was very impressed with how seamlessly the author went from one to the other. Both stories were wonderful but I'm not gonna lie, Adele's was my favorite, and not only because WWII is my favorite time period. Her story was both heartbreaking and beautiful. All of the things she had to endure and was forced to watch others endure, were absolutely horrible, but through it all she clung to God and found the strength to survive. Also her and Vladimer's love story was so sweet!
As for Sera, I enjoyed her and William's search for the painting of Adele, and even though their romance seemed a little fast I still loved it. I really liked how William was the opposite of what you expected when you first met him and instead of the hard businessman he was a man of hidden depths.
In short, this book was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend picking up a copy of your own so you can discover it's beauty for yourself! I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us!
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Meet the Author
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather's stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war. She writes WWII and Regency Era Christian fiction titles, which placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations & 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and finaled in the 2013 Lauries. THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, Book One in the Hidden Masterpiece series on the prisoner camp art of the Holocaust, released from Thomas Nelson Publishers in July 2014. A SPARROW IN TEREZIN (Hidden Masterpiece #2) will release in April, 2015.
She's a proud Hoosier, living in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.
Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."
Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)