Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

My Thoughts: Amazing.  Just utterly wonderful.  

Often times I have found that authors really struggle when writing about two different timelines and sets of characters.  Someone's story gets lost in the mix.  Or a character fades into the background.  Perhaps the weaving feels a little forced.  

That was NOT the case in Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin.  The story of Sera and William was so beautifully woven together with that of Adele and Vladimir that when the time change happened you barely noticed.

People say that books make them laugh, they make them cry, they make them love, and other emotions all in one book.

This book, for me, was one of the best I've ever read in regards to pulling you in emotionally.  I don't want to give anything away but to say that my heart ached, cried, loved, sympathized, empathized, angered, hoped, dreamed and more... all in 323 beautifully crafted pages. 

Would I Recommend This Book? Yes!

I was a little worried when I started reading as the style is not one I am used to. However after a few pages I was hooked.  I sat down to read this book and was so sucked in I read it in one day.  Stopping only to eat dinner and refill my water cup.

I found my self gasping out loud and being asked by my roommate if I was okay.  When I hadn't spoken in awhile she commented that the book must be great... my reply was a quick recap and then to instantly return to the story.

Please, read this story!

My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars.

My favorite line:
Image from: RGB Stock Photos.

A Description of the Story From the Publisher: 
(There is nothing in this description you wouldn't see if you read the back cover of the book.)
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.

 5 stars= A definite favorite, will be re-read again and again, and permanently placed on my bookshelf.

 4 stars= A pretty good book, one that will be re-read eventually, placed on the bookshelf.
 3 stars= An average to good book, that may or may not be read again, probably has a place in my library.
 2 stars= A not liked book, I wouldn't read it again, and wouldn't have a place in my library.
 1 star = A book I really didn't enjoy, wouldn't read again, would not keep in my library.)

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.)

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