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Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
ISBN: 1401690610
ISBN-13: 9781401690618
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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 fairy–tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until 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.

1942—Kája 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 dear–even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Author Bio

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s 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 Journal’s 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.

Editorial Reviews

“This heart-wrenching sequel to Cambron's acclaimed debut, The Butterfly and the Violin, once again deftly interlaces dual plots and time lines between the present and World War II…. This second novel in the series has the drawings produced by the children of the Terezin concentration camp, and Cambron describes them in haunting detail. Fans of the author's first book will gravitate to this tale of the power of faith and love to cope with impossible situations, although the grim realities depicted cannot be ignored. A must for book groups and genocide studies teachers and students.” (starred review)
“The second installment of Cambron’s Hidden Masterpiece series is as stunning as the first. Though heartbreaking in many places, this novel never fails to show hope despite dire circumstances. God’s love shines even in the dark.” –4 1/2 star review, April Top Pick

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A gripping read!
    March 10, 2016
    Linda Shenton Matchett
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Many times the second book in a series can be a disappointment, but that is not the case her. Author Kristy Cambron has written another home run! Her use of vivid description and realistic dialogue immersed me in the era. I was already rooting for Sera and William from Book 1, so it was easy to get involved in their problem right away (which by the way happens in the very first scene). Fortunately I was on vacation while reading this so I was able to put life on hold in order to finish it. It's definitely a page turner. Highly recommended.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A masterfully written historical fiction! You will definitely want to put this on your reading list!
    July 13, 2015
    The~Wiser~Way
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A 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.
  3. Seattle, WA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WONDERFUL!
    June 24, 2015
    KateB
    Seattle, WA
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kristy 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!
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderfully Captivating
    May 28, 2015
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I 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.
  5. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This will touch your heart !
    May 6, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
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