Author: Kristy Cambron
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Review: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.
Oh, my goodness...I don't know where to start with this story.
Kristy Cambron knocks this book out of the park. I couldn't believe that this was a debut novel. The writing was superb, the historical detail was phenomenal, and the story just captured you up into it making you forget all about the time. This was a book that made me stay up even later then usual.
I enjoyed how the two perspectives of this story really brought the whole picture together. We follow Sera James in our present day. She has been on the hunt for the one painting that has stuck with her since she was young. She wants to share it with everyone so that everyone can see the beauty of it like she did. In her hunt, she meets William, and with his connection to the painting, their meeting starts off rocky to say the least. However, as they start to work together, they uncover things that Sera has not noticed in her previous research. In that it brings more questions then answers.
Through Adele Von Bron, we get to see the two side of the Third Reich. The glittering parties that praised her accomplishments and the dark and deadly side that had no problem hunting down the Jews and people who helped them. Adele is forced to use her gift with the violin as a torture of sorts that the Nazi's have thought up in Auschwitz. As much as she hates playing it, she knows that it keeps her alive in this death camp.
As each side of the story is brought forward, you keep turning pages to see what else is uncovered. The story grips you and leaves you wanting more.
5 out of 5
About the Author:
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 three-book 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!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!
Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.