Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin, by Kristy Cambron (a book review)

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.

What I thought of the book

I enjoy history, especially the World War II era. This book alternates between the World War II setting, and modern day. Usually I don't like that type of book, but Kristy Cambron has used it quite effectively.

The story of Adele is powerfully written, and really captures one's heart. Her story also gave me a new perspective of the war, and the concentration camps. Be prepared with a box of tissues when you read this book!

If you enjoy history, art or music history, World War II history, you will enjoy this book.

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Kristy's website.

Be sure to enter the give away, which ends August 7, and stop by for the Facebook party on August 7, too!

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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