UPDATE: I first read this book about 6 1/2 years ago and just re-read it as part of a "nostalgic reader" challenge for this month. It was definitely worth a second time through.
The horrors of the concentration camp were just as real as they were the first time I read it. Even though the particular details of the story are fictional, the message is so real and so relevant, no matter how many times I read it -- seeing my life and whatever I can accomplish can be an act of worship toward my Creator in even the most horrid of circumstances. This author allowed that lesson to shine through in brilliant fashion!
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron is a story that I found emotionally gripping -- not in the tears streaming down my face kind of way, but in a way that touched me deeply nonetheless. Kristy writes with vivid detail that allows you to see and feel the horrors of the concentration camp, while at the same time sharing glimmers of hope in worshiping God in the midst of the suffering.
The two points of view in the story, years and worlds apart -- yet drawn together over time and distance -- fit together to tell a beautiful story. Wondering how all the people and pieces match up keeps the story moving at a very compelling pace through the very last chapters where it all comes together.
I was intrigued to learn more of the personal history of the holocaust and the part that music and art played in those times. An inspiring theme throughout the story is best expressed in the author's own words in her note at the end of the book: "Even in the most evil of circumstances, the art of human expression was so powerful that it couldn't be overshadowed, not even by death. . . It's about worship through God's creation -- our lives."
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a digital copy of The Butterfly and the Violin in exchange for my honest 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.
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 has 15 years industry experience as a corporate learning facilitator and communications consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction. She makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.
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