Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin Book Review


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 worshipping 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. (Goodreads)

My Review

 I loved this book. This is by far one of the best books I have read this year. There are many fiction books out there about World War II and so I really was expecting the same story. This book is completely different and so well researched! I had to google many of the facts because I so wanted them to be true and they were!
This book is split between present day and the 1940s which was written really well and added to the storyline. There is an underlying mystery that goes on throughout the book until the ending. Sera is in the present day and has been trying to find this painting she saw as a little girl in Paris. Each piece of art has a story and this one seems so special. Then the story falls back in time to the life of Adele, a famous violinist who ends up in the worst situation possible even after being so popular. This book takes you into life at Auschwitz and their orchestra. I had no idea there was such a thing but it's all true! The characters have so much depth I loved them all. I love how the book tied together in the end and kept me guessing. There is so much faith in God in the worst of times, it made me think about how blessed I am.
This is such a great book I could go on but I just think you should read it!
Some people have said that books like this can be boring with the history but this book will keep you turning the page.

I highly recommend five stars!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "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. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

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