They 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.
The Butterfly and the Violin, Hidden Masterpiece Series
September 16, 2016
Sioux City, IA
The 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.
The 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!
Desperate 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.
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. :)