Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron REVIEW

The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)

"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

This novel really was such a pleasure to read. The title didn't make sense to me until later in the book, which I didn't mind; just meant a little more mystery add to the plot to solve :)
The novel started out in present day with Sera James and her assistant. The characters immediately pull you into the story. You find yourself asking them, what painting, what are you talking about? And as you find yourself asking the characters what they are talking about, you find yourself going back into time about an Australian violinist Adele Von Bron. The girl in the painting. 
This novel takes you back and forth in time between the sad yet historic past of Auschwitz and current time. The story is ever evolving and unfolding as you read. And it all surrounds this painting. 
In the end, Sera gets her questions answered and has a peaceful heart. 

I do recommend this book

I received this book for review from Litfuse Publicity

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