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
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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
Includes Reading Group Guide
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.
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.
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5A must read!April 15, 2015Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I absolutely loved The Butterfly and the Violin! It captivated me from the very first page and I was unable to put it down until the last page had been turned. Kristy Cambron has woven two beautiful stories, one present day and one historical, together to create a literary masterpiece.
Beautifully written with excellent characterization and vivid, historical details, The Butterfly and the Violin is a poignant story that stirred my emotions. Its characters and spiritual messages won't soon be forgotten! I highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction, especially World War II era fiction!
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Butterfly and the ViolinJanuary 19, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Have you ever read a book because it had such rave reviews, but found yourself disappointed and wonder why everyone loved it so much? Let me tell you, there is a reason why The Butterfly and the Violin has high ratings. It is well deserved. I highly recommend it. I am definitely not disappointed and can't wait to read more by Kristy Cambron.
5 plus stars.
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!