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Today- With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiance, William, threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.
June 1942- After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kaja Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kaja has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kaja finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.
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.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hidden Masterpiece
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Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivors story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.
Present DayWith the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like shes stumbled into a charmed lifeuntil a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy their future 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 with the man she loves.
1942Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family. 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, she 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 them and fight to protect all they hold deareven if it means placing their own futures on the line.
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journals Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journals Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author.
The second installment of Cambrons Hidden Masterpiece series is as stunning as the first. Though heartbreaking in many places, this novel never fails to show hope despite dire circumstances. Gods love shines even in the dark. 4 1/2 star review, April Top Pick
The~Wiser~Way5 Stars Out Of 5A masterfully written historical fiction! You will definitely want to put this on your reading list!July 13, 2015The~Wiser~WayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Sparrow In Terezin by Kristy Cambron is a heartbreaking, yet hope filled book of love and courage written for the reader who is not only interested in being entertained, but simultaneously informed to historical events that took place during World War II.
A Sparrow In Terezin by Kristy Cambron captures the happenings that took place within the boundaries of the Nazi established Jewish internment camp of Terezin during World War II. Terezin was a town in Northwestern Czechoslovakia and history records that Jews were brought by the thousands to this city for the purpose of falsely promoting a model "Jewish settlement" of sorts and thereby utilizing it to show the world how well the Jewish nation was being treated by the Nazis. This in fact was a lie. The town in actuality served as a transit camp run by the SS for the Jews who were en route for extermination to other death camps. The city was an overcrowded ghetto filled with underfed, mostly elderly and young Jewish people who were suffering from rampant illness and poor living conditions.
Kristy Cambron logically interlaces the lives of the two main characters, Kaja and Sera between current time and 1942. As each woman faces the most intense trial of her life, they each uncover an inner strength and peace. The story utilizes meticulous narration as the two intertwined lives eventually comprehend that the source of their strength is Christ living within them. The gospel presentation is subtle, but unmistakably clear. The continual foundation of family commitment and unwavering selflessness that are consistently communicated in this book, are inspiring and commendable. The inhumanity revealed within A Sparrow In Terezin as depicted through the horrendous events occurring in the city during the war are clearly appalling and paralyzing, however, the countering bravery, trust, resilience, hope and faith that each character represents, manage to restore a sense of confidence in humankind that is undeniable.
I was enlightened to some of the atrocities that occurred during this time period and I am grateful for a deeper understanding of the intense suffering that took place. I was truly touched by the reading of this book. I found the descriptions of the children within the city walls to be hauntingly realistic. A Sparrow In Terezin was painful to read in some parts, but the exchange for knowledge was worth the injurious emotions. I'm thankful for the education and I walk away from this masterpiece with a desire to be "a teacher of hope".
Thank you to Thomas Nelson, a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc for this review copy of A Sparrow In Terezin by Kristy Cambron. A copy of this book was provided to me through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for a complete read and an honest opinion of this work.
KateBSeattle, WA5 Stars Out Of 5WONDERFUL!June 24, 2015KateBSeattle, WAQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Kristy Cambron weaves a masterful tapestry of past and present in her novel, A Sparrow in Terezin. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this beautifully written tale of two women of faith, each from a different time and place, yet both seeking to recapture love through Gods healing grace. My heart was moved by lovely Sara, overshadowed with despair and uncertainty despite the sunny shores of modern-day San Franciscos coast; and Kja, lonely and anxious amidst the frightening ambience of WWII Europe. Cambrons detail to history is so well-researched and hauntingly accurate, this captivating story kept me turning the pages!
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully CaptivatingMay 28, 2015MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I couldnt wait to read this book after I read Kristys debut novel. I wasnt disappointed.
I love the contrast between the past and the present. I would love to know if Kristy writes all of one story and then all of the next and then breaks them up.
I wondered how the two stories related and couldnt wait to connect the dots.
In the present we pick up with Sera and William and their marriage that is quickly interrupted. Doubt lingers in their future and around the integrity of William. But Sera stands by him and their love only grows stronger.
In the past we are with Kja and her journey to freedom, or so she thinks. But things dont work out that way and she is thrust into a place of anything but freedom.
If you are like me and enjoy contemporary and historical this is a perfect read for you, it will satisfy much of what you look for in a good book.
An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This will touch your heart !May 6, 2015DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a dual story of present day and World War II.
In 1942 Kja Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939. She is sent out of the country as the German's begin to take over her country. She ends up in England working for a newspaper. When she hears that Jews are being exterminated she makes the decision to go back and rescue her father and mother. Kja will be sent to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Terezin with her mother and father. I found this to be an emotional account of World War II particularly at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Terezin.
Sera and William Hanover are looking at William going to prison for a crime he denies committing. Sera takes it on herself to find out the family secrets and try to prove her husband inocent. This Hanover family is tied to a Holocaust survivor that may bring all the secrets of the Hanover family to light.
This was an emotional story with families past and present finding that faith, redemption and perseverance will determine their futures. I'd recommend this book, it will touch your heart and you will see and feel the emotions Kristy writes in the pages of A Sparrow In Terezin.
I was gifted a copy of A Sparrow in Terezin by Net Galley for my opinion which I have given.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron - God sees every sparrow!May 5, 2015debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Deb's Dozen: Past and Present Collide as WWII-Era Prague Impacts Newlyweds in California Courage!
Sera James weds William Hanover in a picturesque wedding set in a garden on the Sausalito beach. But almost immediately after "I Do," William is handcuffed and led off to jail on charges for a crime he did not commit. Sera believes in her heart that William could not have done those things he's accused of doing. She is determined to get to the bottom of the charges and set her husband free.
1942 - Kaja Makovsky escaped Prague just as the Nazis occupied the city, but her beloved parents had to be left behind. She is now a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in London. She finds the terror has followed her when the deadly London Blitz occurs. Liam Marshall--a mysterious reporter/spy?--seems determined to help her become successful and...could love be blooming in the midst of war?
A Sparrow in Terezin documents the tales of these two women who are tied together by long ago events. Sara works her way back through history to find out the whys and hows of what William may have done. Kaja's story moves forward as we see what she endures.
I was initially put off by the back and forth in each chapter, but then was drawn into the intrigue in both eras. Both characters are believable and courageous--under stress and pressure that most women will never have to experience. I loved the description of war-plagued Prague and what Kaja was able to accomplish with her "sparrows." I had not heard of The Sparrows of Terezin and their art prior to reading this book.
There are some details that seem to conflict at the end of the novel--I'm not sure if Cambron intends another book in the series--this is the sequel to The Butterfly and the Violin. Hopefully they will be cleared up in the next entry in the series if there is one. Because of those hanging ends, I can only give A Sparrow in Terezin four stars, but I am intrigued enough to read the first book to get the backstory.
Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of A Sparrow in Terezin in exchange for my candid review.