Last year, I had to joy to read The Butterfly and the Violin. I absolutely loved the book (you can read my gushing about it, if you’d like) and could not wait to read the next book that Kristy Cambron would publish. Well, I find myself in a similar spot. I loved this book and am anticipating Cambron’s third novel. The writing in these books is stunning–even more so than the amazing covers. If you have not picked up one of Cambron’s novels, I can’t recommend them enough. They are definitely among my favorites.
**I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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.
“My father used to say that all of time is set to a clock–God’s clock. W’re given so much of it from sunrise to sunset each day And it’s in God’s will that that time continues to move. He watches over all of us, wherever we should go.”
-Kája Makovsky, A Sparrow in Terezin
Characters: There is always beauty to be found in brokenness it seems, and the way these characters become broken is what makes them shine. The two main characters of this book have incidents in their lives that make them quite similar, though one is from the present and the other from the past. Both women have to learn to trust both in those around them and more importantly, God.
Storyline: This is one of those stories that you can truly escape into. From the first page, I was on a beach with Sera James and then a chapter or so later I was escaping Prague with Kája. The plot was riveting and unexpected. I laughed with characters and worried about them. I also hoped for them. The way the two stories intertwine brings a depth to this story–each story helps the other become more meaningful.
My Thoughts: I have been so excited to pick up this book and it blew away my expectations. The story was exquisitely written and the message poignant. The book was hard to read at certain moments for all the right reasons and the book was also pleasant to read. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, this is a fantastic book. Part of the book is set during the Holocaust, but it is a side of things now normally seen in fiction.
About the Author:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson, 2014), was named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, Family Fiction’s Top Ten Novels of 2014, and received nominations for both the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015), was named Library Journal Reviews’ Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for April 2015.
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