“The Butterfly and the Violin” was one of those books that played with my emotions. While the story was so riveting it kept me thoroughly absorbed, I became so involved with the characters, particularly Adele, that at times I did not want to continue reading because of how I feared her story would end.
A story within a story, this novel features Sera James, the owner of a New York art gallery who is obsessed with finding a painting she saw in Paris as a child. Her quest connects her to William, whose family owns a copy of the painting she seeks. As they join forces to search for the original painting, they learn the story of the young woman in the painting. Adele’s story is woven deftly into the whole.
“The Butterfly and the Violin” is a beautifully rendered novel that somehow manages to convey beauty, love, faith, and hope in the midst of the horrifying conditions of Nazi concentration camps yet does not diminish the evil that controlled them. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone. While there is a touch of romance, it is so much more.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
And then came war . . .
Today. Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.
Vienna, 1942. Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna’s vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family’s tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.
The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele’s barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?
As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait—Adele—they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God’s faithfulness never falters.
Read an excerpt from The Butterfly and the Violin HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with WWII since hearing her grandfather’s stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University and works as Communications Consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction and placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author