Some events in history, for whatever reason, are widely known and popular backdrops for novels, movies, television, and so on. No matter the darkness of it, what side won, the achievements made. One such event is the Holocaust. No matter how you look at that moment in history, your heart has to break. It is astonishing the ways that a human can treat another human. I have to applaud this novel for its ability to both capture that same heartbreak but offer hope in the same breath.
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The depth of this novel is staggering. Kristy Cambron weaves a modern day story with a search into history. The novel was certainly difficult to put down, and at times with the amount of feeling in the story, it was hard to keep reading.
From the Back Cover:
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.
I really enjoyed this novel. Cambron has a unique way of storytelling with both her modern day threads and the story that takes readers to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Both stories work together well to unfold the complete mystery surrounding a painting of a young violinist.
This book has made me nearly speechless in terms of thinking how well the characters are developed or the plot. The thing about this book that has me most impressed is the message of the book, of how in our deepest moments, we need to focus on hope- and the best source of that hope is God. Cambron is able to share this theme in the book through the characters and the situations they find themselves in.
I think this is a book with a story that will stick with me for awhile.
You can look for The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron to be available on July 8, 2014.
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**I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review**