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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)|
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 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.
Inkwell Reviews4 Stars Out Of 5Review from inkwellreviews.comJanuary 2, 2017Inkwell ReviewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5They say to never judge a book by its cover but that is exactly what I did. This cover totally persuaded me to buy this book. And you know what? I am not disappointed at all. This is a different kind of book. There are two storylines going on at the same time. One is set in the present day and the other is in 1942, right when World War II is going on. A certain painting connects these two stories together. I was really impressed with how well Kristy Cambron accomplished the task of putting two stories in one book. I thought the stories would feel rushed or the characters not developed enough, but I was wrong. She did an excellent job. Honestly, at the moment I dont have anything bad to say about this book. Although I feel like I do need to say this; if you are looking for a feel good book that will make you smile and laugh through the whole thing, then this book isnt for you. I almost cried and I never cry while reading something! It is about the holocaust, so it isnt all sunshine and rainbows if you know what I mean. I love this book though. It is such a powerful and beautiful story. I would definitely recommend this book.
VickiSioux City, IAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Butterfly and the Violin, Hidden Masterpiece SeriesSeptember 16, 2016VickiSioux City, IAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author was new to me but I decided to give her a try. I'm so glad I did. This book is very hard to put down! It is well written and I liked how it went from one storyline to another. It took the reader from the intense to the happy which gave one a little break emotionally. I would definite recommend it.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Masterfully written!September 7, 2016NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Butterfly and the Violin has received numerous rave reviews and countless recommendations. I wasn't sure a book could measure up to the praise I'd seen. I have to say that this book went beyond my expectations. I was enraptured and captivated by this haunting masterpiece! My emotions were all over the place.
The story line transports the reader from present day New York to WWII Auschwitz and back throughout the novel. This parallel story is woven together by a highly desired portrait of a young woman, with only a copy of a painting, and no clues to where the original is located, or the name of the artist.
Characters are so realistically portrayed that I could feel their emotions through the written page. I lived the music as it was performed, with the rising pitches and tones of the orchestra and violinist. I can only imagine minute fragments of the agony of the Holocaust and the depression the detailing evoked.
This is one of the most compelling and haunting novels I've read, and I must say that I will be following this author's future works. I am about to begin A Sparrow in Terezin with the hope that it also evokes the emotions and passion that is revealed in The Butterfly and the Violin. I highly recommend this masterpiece!
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. :)