Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron *Review

The Butterfly and the Violin
by Kristy Cambron

A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

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, 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: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

My Thoughts:
The best book I have read all summer. Outstanding! This book is one that you will try to read it through tears and have to put it down to take a break. It was very helpful to have it oscillate between historical and contemporary.  It would give you a break from the harsh reality of the war and the concentration camp.
The love that Adelle had for God, despite the dire circumstances was amazing. It was that love for human kind, all of it being created equal that landed her there in the first place. She never forsake her first love.. God.
A simply amazing story rich in history. I had no clue about the art in the concentration camp prior to reading this, and it just fascinated me!

Learn more and purchase a copy at Kristy’s website.

 Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter

 Check out more reviews HERE

Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!


  1. This one does sound good. Thanks for reviewing it.

    You're invited to add a link to your review posts each Friday night or Saturday at my blog Semicolon where I host the Saturday Review of Books. Come and enjoy.

  2. Really nice review. Thank you! Sounds like a great book. I too had no clue about art in the concentration camps.

  3. This looks really interesting! I am intrigued by the history of concentration camps and this looks like it would have some interesting information.