I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Butterfly and The Violin by Kristy Cambron
Sera James, a Manhattan art dealer has been searching for the past two years a portrait of a young violinist that she once saw as a child. Sera has thrown herself into her work as a means of distraction after having her heart broken. There is something about that old portrait and the young lady’s blue eyes that stare back that says there is a story that needs to be told.
In her search for the painting, a wealthy California man by the name of William Hanover is also in search of the mysterious painting, but for the means of keeping his family fortune intact. Together William and Sera try to put together the missing pieces to the puzzle of the missing portrait of Adele. In doing so the pieces of Adele’s life story also begin to connect and her story is one of extreme heartache.
Adele Von Bron is the daughter of a high-ranking Third Reich. During the time when Hitler took over, and concentration camps such as Auschwitz held the Jews captive. Adele held different ideas of that of which her father believed. Sheltered, for the most part, of her life Adele was known as a talented violinist and would regularly play in the orchestra. Born into a life of privilege, all in the blink of an eye Adele’s world is turned upside down, and she is standing among the Jews in Auschwitz. Forced between life and death, Adele uses her talent to stay alive. She watches helplessly as children are ripped from their mothers, the old and sickly are forced to walk a different path in the camp to their death. Hungry and living in squalor Adele adjusts to her new living conditions wondering everyday if she is among those forced to walk to her death or shot where she stood.
The Violin and the Butterfly by Kristy Cambron is an incredibly heart-wrenching historical novel. Ms. Cambron has a remarkable talent in painting a picture with words. She writes a beautifully, haunting take of love, faith and survival. There are two stories, which take place within this novel, one of the present and one of the past. The one of the past is the main one that draws the reader into the story and the pain of what occurs with young Adele. Both stories connect in a way that a good mystery should. The Violin and the Butterfly is one that is sure to touch the readers’ heart. I highly recommend this novel!