Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: A Sparrow in Terezin
Author: Kristy Cambron
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1-4016-9061-8
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015

Synopsis:
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.
Review:
I have to be honest and start off by saying, that I haven't finished reading A Sparrow in Terezin yet. I got a late start on the book, but I have already have read quiet a bit, and my goodness, even though I haven't finished it yet, it doesn't matter. My opinion on this story is set.

When I read Kristy Cambron's debut book last year, The Butterfly and the Violin, I fell in love with her story!  The story hooked me from page one and I was sad when it ended. I didn't want to leave these characters. Several months ago, when I heard about A Sparrow in Terezin, you can imagine how excited I was!

Kristy came off strong in her first book, and I have to say, not only has her writing stayed as beautiful, and has brought forth a gripping and heartbreaking story of two lives from two different eras.

We are reunited with Sera James from Butterfly, and with the continuation of her and William's story. Their story ended on a high note in the previous book and starts off with a bang in this story! Following them along, is a nail bitter with everything that has been happening.

Then we are introduced to Kaja. She is a young woman, who is living in a time of war. Everything she ever knew has been ripped from her and she must hide who she is for her and her family's safety. When introduced, she is so innocent and caring. It's heartbreaking the struggle she has to deal with, but as the story progresses, she does her best to move along in the right path, knowing that where she is only temporary till she can go back to her home.

This is a beautiful story and I honestly can't wait to finish up the last little bit I have left! Kristy Cambron has made a name for herself on my favorites shelf.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015. Cambron is an art/design manager at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives 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.



Giveaway:
Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, 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.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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