The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
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 girl–a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover–the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul–who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s 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.
“A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz–and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.”
I 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!
Tomorrow, I will be sharing my thoughts about A Sparrow in Terezin, the sequel to this spectacular novel. I loved A Sparrow in Terezin and highly recommend it as well. However, The Butterfly and the Violin remains my favorite of the two stories.
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