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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
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"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
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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.
'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 Weisels Night, will want to read.'
'Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking scenes shed light on the horrors of concentration camps, as well as the contrasting beauty behind the prisoner's artwork. Two stories are carefully intertwined and demonstrate that there is always hope in God despite the monstrosities inflicted by man.'
'This amazing book was emotionally engaging and very hard to put down. Its message of trusting God no matter the circumstances is one that will stay with your customers.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A new favorite!July 31, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Desperate for a distraction after being jilted at the alter, gallery owner Sera James becomes obsessed with finding a painting she once saw as a child. She is determined to track down the original painting.
Her search brings her to William Hanover, a wealthy man whose grandfathers estate could hold the answers she seeks. Together, they try to unravel the mystery of the woman in the painting, Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
Adele, the daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, risks everything to help save a Jewish family. Her world changes in an instant when she finds herself behind the barbed wire of Auschwitz.
This is one of the best novels Ive read this year. It captured my attention from the start, and never let go. Cambron makes you feel as if you are there with Adele as the story comes together. The story goes back and forth between Sera in our present time, and Adele during World War II, yet you dont feel lost. The stories are woven together so well that you dont feel jolted out of one and pulled back into another.
Ultimately, this is a Christian novel. The continuing themes are love and hope, and faith above all. This is definitely a favorite, and I can see myself reading it again.
RosieAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Masterpiece Debut!May 11, 2016RosieAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A masterpiece debut from Cambron!!
I missed out on reading this one when it initially released, but I did have the pleasure of reading the next title, The Sparrow in Terezin. I was giddy when I stumbled across The Butterfly and the Violin at my local library. And I was equally giddy when I finally had time to crack open the pages and dive right in. This novel takes us into Auschwitz, probably well known as the camp that killed the most people.
Friends, I will warn you, this isn't an easy book to read. Along with its sequel, this book takes on the all-too-real horrors of World War II. Ms. Cambron spares us the more gruesome, violent details, of course, but she does not shy away from the truth. I admire her for taking on such a hard story. Because with all that said, this story is truly beautiful. It possesses heart and something else I pinpointed in the sequel, hope. Hope in the face of one's world tearing apart. Hope in the face of potential death.
But this is not just a World War II story about Adele, also sharing space in this book is modern-day Sera James' story. She's on a journey of her own seeking, perhaps not hope, but healing. And without giving too much away, I loved the way Ms. Cambron wove their stories together. Whenever we transitioned from story to story, I found myself eager to return to the prior story. Ms. Cambron's writing is engaging and powerful, so very powerful.
This Hidden Masterpiece series will forever be dear to me and shall be read over and over again. I highly recommend this one to anyone who values well written historical novels with a deeper message.
I checked this book out at my local library, no review required. :)
Candace BettsBolivar, Mo.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Butterfly and the ViolinMarch 13, 2016Candace BettsBolivar, Mo.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is a masterpiece! I read all the time and this book has really touched me deeply. It is creative, has a well managed plot, and the characters will draw you in.
It involves the Lord in all aspects of the book in a way that many don't realize. It doesn't give chapter and verse, but in the worst circumstances, (a prison camp during WWII), it brings God into the midst of the camp's horrors. People made it through because of God's strength and desire to live.
This book will make you realize how the war broke people in the camps, not only the starvation, but the terror of never knowing when you might be beaten or killed. Remarkable insight.
bntyle015 Stars Out Of 5Historical Fiction at its BestJanuary 9, 2016bntyle01Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are some books that you know are going to impact your life. As you turn the pages the images, the story, becomes forever engrained in your mind. This is one of those books, prepare to became forever invested, forever changed.
The Butterfly and the Violin, is the set in both present day and during World War II. Cambron eloquently intertwines the two tales, transitioning between the two with ease. The book reveals itself the way history often does, over space and time.
Sera James, an art gallery owner, has been searching for an original painting of a portrait that has significant personal meaning to her from her childhood. This portrait is a piece of Holocaust art, of a woman playing the violin. A copy has James flying across the country to meet with its mysterious owner; the owner of the portrait passed away and she is left to deal with his grandson William Hanover. Mr. Hanover informs her that his grandfather willed his entire estate to the owner of the painting and therefore he too is seeking the original. Their paths are intertwined for the better or worse as they search for this piece.
Adele Von Bron is the daughter of a general of the Third Reich. She is Austrias sweetheart, a title bestowed on her because of her talent as a violinist. Despite her familys prominence in the Reich, Adele knows that what Germany is doing is wrong. She has fallen in love with Vladimir Nicolai, a musician and son of a merchant, a relationship that was doomed before it ever began. Her family would never approve of him because of his lower status; moreover they would not hesitate to report someone who was aiding those the Germans were trying to cleanse themselves of.
Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Poignant masterpiece.April 26, 2015Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5by Andrea Renee Cox
Has a book ever swept you down a river of emotion and elegance? Was there beautiful despair tossed in?
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron not only took me down that river but sent me into an ocean of awe. The poignancy of the tale captured my interest from the first chapter and built layer upon layer of various emotions until I couldn't help but weep as I read.
This may be Kristy's debut novel, but she certainly has arrived on the book scene with gusto. I know authors often say they never "arrive," but sometimes a reader knows when an author brings a unique voice and important stories to the table. And the best part for readers, in my opinion, is that Kristy's stories teach invaluable lessons in an entertaining yet very organic way.
In the extraordinary book The Butterfly and the Violin, Sera James searches for the Holocaust painting that piqued her interest -- and captured her heart -- at the tender age of eight. Tracking down the piece of art and its secrets proves more difficult than simply calling the contacts she's made since opening her art gallery. Once she finds a sliver of a lead, Sera's real journey begins. But will she discover a victorious end to her pursuit or the birth of an entirely different dream?
The Holocaust at Auschwitz is predominantly featured in this book and may be difficult to read for some people. I recommend you pre-read this one before sharing it with your children (including teenagers).
That being said, this story is so powerful and beautiful. Honestly, words can't do it justice. It really brought history alive to me in a way that had me feeling the dirt between my toes, the filth on my skin, and hearing Adele's music as if she were playing a solo right in my living room. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail, intricate application of research, and raw passion Kristy Cambron put into the writing of Butterfly. The story reminded me of The Diary of Anne Frank and Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place. I hope you will enjoy The Butterfly and the Violin, a real masterpiece in our generation.