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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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Series: Hidden Masterpiece

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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 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.

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. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful. You walk every step with them.
    April 26, 2015
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron, 2015

    A Hidden Masterpiece Novel, Book Two

    Contemporary/Historical Fiction

    Thomas Nelson

    The story centers around the childrens art of the Theresienstadt transport camp (also known as Terezn), the Nazis propaganda camp north of Prague.

    My review:

    A strong story of hope and encouragement in the face of despair. I really enjoy reading two time period novels. The stories are richly woven together. The happenings before us do affect today. Courageous actions on the part of those willing to take a risk to love will be an encouragement to those who follow. Kristy Cambron has written of an inner strength.

    "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 NIV

    Kja swallowed hard. "The last secretary quit after one day?"

    "Secretaries. And it was within a week." He grimaced. "But what does it matter? We have a copy-editor from Oxford here now. And given the fact that she's already had the grand tour and her desk is cleared off and everything..." He pulled out the wooden swivel chair and patted the back with his palms. "Why not give it a try? What's the worst that could happen?"

    --A Sparrow in Terezin, 47

    Powerful. You walk every step with them.

    I began reading mid-afternoon, with 87 pages remaining, so absorbing, I was unaware I had read that far. Kristy Cambron is a wordsmith bringing you visibly into their world and time. The story of the beloved clock from Kja's childhood brings hope alive amid the children's art at Terezin.

    "You are Kateřina Makovsk from Prague?"

    She stood before the woman, nervous but head held high. If Liam was right and she was inordinately stubborn, Kja had an inkling it would be a necessary component to her survival in this place. She notched her chin and answered, "Yes. I am."

    The woman handed over a sheet of paper, a small rectangle, then answered, "You are to report to the ration line, then to the Jewish Council for medical inspection and work assignment. Memorize this number," she cautioned, though her voice was staunch and formulaic. "You must know this number. It is how you will be referred to from this point on. Do you understand?"

    Kja nodded. "Yes."

    "If you are asked, you must give this number immediately. At all times. There will be no opportunity for remembering."

    --Ibid., 221

    The description of the Terezin concentration camp is so vivid. One detail, among many, that stood out to me was how being moved from a large central room to an attic room was worse because of the vermin and cracked window with winter approaching. Nearer to the school for children, the attic room was a place of refuge against the turmoil without, if even for a little while.

    Continuing from the story in the first book, this second book reflects Sophie's early childhood. Giving from an open heart, the present and past intersect in her later years. Present day, Sera James, receives what she needs to continue by the influences and sacrifices of those who risked their own lives for the children of Terezin. For such a time as this; how important we each are in forthcoming generations.

    ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson for this copy of Kristy Cambron's book two in the Hidden Masterpiece series, A Sparrow in Terezin, for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fascinating story
    April 26, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was more than I expected it to be. I hadn't read anything by Kristy Cambron before and am always a little curious about authors I haven't heard of. Some are pleasant surprises and get added to my favorites list. That's what happened to Kristy Cambron. I have no intention of missing a book written by her from now on!

    Set against the backdrop of WWII, the reader is taken into the lives of two people that seem to have nothing that would connect them together. In present day, we meet Sera and her fianc William. William is accused of committing a crime that he didn't do and Sera deeply believes he didn't do it. So much so that she goes on her own quest to prove him innocent. Since William doesn't want to share thing about his own family, Sera is left uncovering things on her own about her new husband.

    The parallel story is from 1942 where Kaja Makovsky is sent away by her parents to escape Nazi-occupied Prague. However, after ending up in England and experiencing the ravages of war there, she gets news that makes her uproot her life and her newfound love for a man. She exchanges that to return to Prague to try to help her parents get smuggled out alive from Prague. Of course, life doesn't go as planned and neither does this trip to Prague. Instead of reading about what is happening to the Jews, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the life that the Jews are now experiencing.

    This is a captivating story that has had me thinking about the story long after I've closed the pages to the book. Now I'm immersing myself in the The Butterfly and the Violin and see how the two connect to each other.

    _________________________

    I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  3. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A gripping story of hope
    April 25, 2015
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for A Sparrow in Terezin - eBook.
    Kristy Cambron set the bar high with her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, and she soared to the same heights with her second Hidden Masterpiece novel, A Sparrow in Terezin.

    Once again, she weaves together a present-day story with past events that include some of the horrors of World War II internment camps. Following the two stories, separated by continents and by decades, come together carefully and at just the right pace is an emotionally gripping reading experience.

    Kristy writes with such feeling and vivid detail that you can easily put yourself into the lives of her characters. And the thread of hope that runs throughout adds an additional sense of beauty to this captivating story.

    While A Sparrow in Terezin might be enjoyed as a stand-alone book, I would highly recommend that you first read The Butterfly and the Violin for the sheer enjoyment of the first story and to better understand the second.

    Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Decades Come Together
    April 21, 2015
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kristy Cambron has woven another historic reminder of the evil that took over the world when Hitler came to power. We travel between current times and beginning in 1939 through WWII, when horror took over the world.

    The story opens with the continuation of the first book, The Butterfly and The Violin, which was such a fantastic read, but this book does read alone. We are at the wedding of Sera and William, and when the ceremony is finish, an arrest happens for a crime that he never committed.

    The story connects through the decades in unexpected ways, and again we experience the horrors of the concentration camps, and the connection between the families. Its a world gone mad, and the innocent souls who succumb to the evil, and for what, and how can it end, a timely reminder to this day.

    This is a page-turner, and one that will linger with you for a long time after the last page is turned. It is a timely reminder of what happens when Satan takes over, and the havoc he pushes forth on a world that has turned it back on God.

    Come and find the connection between Kja and Sera, and of course Sophie, you will be surprised and heart warmed.

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
  5. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    beautiful story, so well-written
    April 20, 2015
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book, it is so wonderfully written! Kristy has such a gift for writing as she is able to seamlessly go back and forth between two different time periods and different characters and brings both worlds to life. "A Sparrow in Terezin" is a continuation of Sera James' story and another Hidden Masterpiece novel. Sera is newly married, but is not living a typical newlywed life. Kaja has had to escape from her home and leave family behind, only to have the terror show up where she is as well. As these two women face unimaginable trials, they have to learn to have faith and fine strength. Kristy does an amazing job with bringing historical details to life and connecting two women across decades. The fear and other emotions are so real and I found myself completely lost in the characters' lives and completely immersed in their worlds. I have loved both of Kristy's books and am looking forward to reading more!
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