The Butterfly and the Violin, Hidden Masterpiece Series #1
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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hidden Masterpiece
Fresh. Fascinating. Unforgettable. The Butterfl y and the Violin is a masterpiece of a debut. Laura Frantz, author of Loves Reckoning
". . . impossible to put down." RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK!
A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitzand 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 girla painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanoverthe grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogulwho may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the paintings subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, 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: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.
"In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Wiesels Night, will want to read." Library Journal, starred review
". . . debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." Publishers Weekly
Includes Reading Group Guide
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with WWII since hearing her grandfathers stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University and has 15 years industry experience as a corporate learning facilitator and communications consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction. She makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author
CindiPennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The best book I've read this year!December 2, 2014CindiPennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How do you write a review when a novel renders you speechless?
This incredibly well written story has been on my mind almost constantly since I started reading it. There are not many books that I could say that about, and I read a LOT.
To find out that this is the authors debut is mind blowing. Cambron has amazing talent that shows in the way she grabs your attention and pulls you deep into the storyline.
I anxiously look forward to seeing what Kristy Cambron pens next.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A moving story of the Holocaust, told in a fresh styleNovember 3, 2014An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Sera James, a Manhattan art dealer, has been haunted for years by the piercing eyes of a holocaust victim's portrait. Her search for the painting of Adele Von Bron leads her to William Hanover, a wealthy Californian who is also searching for the elusive painting. By working together, they are able to piece together more of the story of this aristocratic violinist who was sentenced to Auschwitz for aiding Jews. But will they find the original portrait? And will Sera find the healing she is seeking?
Unlike most novels that are either contemporary or historical, this one juxtaposes the two: Sera's modern search for the mysterious painting, and the story behind the the painting - the story of Adele. The author does a good job balancing the two stories; Adele's story is the stronger focus, being so tied-in with Sera's, but I did not feel that Sera's story was neglected. Both Sera and Adele are developed well; though two completely different women, there are aspects of both to which one can relate.
One thing I love about historical novels is that so often the author writes about a fascinating bit of history we never learned about in school; in this case, it is the music and art of Auschwitz-Birkenau. There were actually orchestras comprised of prisoners at the death camps; the Nazis respected music, so those who had talent formed the orchestras that played music as the workers left and returned each day. Though the task could not have been pleasant, it kept many of them alive. Apparently, after the death camp was liberated, stashes of art were found throughout the camp - from poetry scrawled on walls to delicate watercolor paintings. In a place so full of death and darkness, where anything but the clothes on their back had to have been smuggled in or stolen, people still managed to create beautiful works of art.
I appreciated that Adele is not just living for the chance to see Vladimir (her love) again. While that love is important, it is more important that she love and live for her fellow musicians, her sisters in the holocaust. There is no way to know if Vladimir is even alive, whereas these women are her daily life, her family - even though most are Jews and she the daughter of the Austrian aristocracy. They are bound by their friendship amidst such unspeakable atrocities. It is right that her focus be on them rather than a long-lost romance.
I got a little little confused in the complexity of the legal dealings in the modern storyline and had to reread to clarify it, but otherwise it was an excellent novel. A moving story in both timelines, The Butterfly and the Violin offers a fresh look at the holocaust in a fresh style. I highly recommend it!
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Two stories in one outstanding bookSeptember 25, 2014MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Wow, what an amazing book. This story is so beautifully woven, its seamless. Two stories woven into one outstanding book.
First we have Seras story that is taking place now. I love how Kristy feeds you just enough of her back story to keep you interested. Just was I was thinking, I dont know much about Seras history or her wounds Kristy gave it to meperfect. I loved the romance between Sera and William, I could feel the tension and the passion that would build between them.
Adeles story is heartbreaking. She is caught in WWII, trying to save Jews. I dont want to give too much of the story away but Kristy paints this aching picture of what is happening in Adeles life, I could feel it and see it. Lost love, hopelessness, its all there.
The book bounces back and forth between the two stories. At one point, pretty early on Sera reveals something about Adele but I kept having hope that maybe it wasnt true and I couldnt wait to see how Kristy worked that out in the story.
If you enjoy WWII stories this is a must read. I cant wait to read more from this author :)
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An emotionally gripping storySeptember 24, 2014Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThe Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron is a story that I found emotionally gripping -- not in the tears streaming down my face kind of way, but in way that touched me deeply nonetheless. Kristy writes with vivid detail that allows you to see and feel the horrors of the concentration camp, while at the same time sharing glimmers of hope in worshiping God in the midst of the suffering.
The two points of view in the story, years and worlds apart -- yet drawn together over time and distance -- fit together to tell a beautiful story. Wondering how all the people and pieces match up keeps the story moving at a very compelling pace through the very last chapters where it all comes together.
I was intrigued to learn more of the personal history of the holocaust and the part that music and art played in those times. An inspiring theme throughout the story is best expressed in the author's own words in her note at the end of the book: "Even in the most evil of circumstances, the art of human expression was so powerful that it couldn't be overshadowed, not even by death. . . It's about worship through God's creation -- our lives."
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a digital copy of The Butterfly and the Violin in exchange for my honest review.
Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful historical novelSeptember 22, 2014Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a great debut novel for Kristy Cambron. I will certainly look forward to her next literary work. I so enjoyed both stories in this novel. Brilliant writing with well developed characters you could relate to and feel their pain. The descriptions of the settings enabled you to "feel" a part of the story. I would recommend this book to WWII history buffs and anyone going through difficult situations. Forgiveness and serving a sovereign God is the central theme.