This book is amazing. I’m definitely keeping The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel). I’m not usually a fan of jumping back and forth between history and modern times, but I’m really glad that Kristy Cambron did in this story. Just when one time period was getting a bit slow it would switch to the other time period. That really helped keep my interest. Since the historical part is about the 1940s in Vienna and Auschwitz it becomes really emotional and the contemporary part relieves some of the sadness and despair.
There are so many types of love shown in this story. There is romantic love, there is love for country, familial love, compassionate love for others, frustrated love that can’t help as much as they want, and God’s love working through each type of love shown.
The characters are all well written and totally believable. The contemporary hero and heroine are as expected with her change being along the emotional lines while his change is life changing. They both learn things and grow as characters throughout. I’d love to hear more of their story.
The historical hero and heroine are amazing. He is pretty close to perfect; as he should be. She pulls from emotional resources that she didn’t even know she had to survive being a member of the Auschwitz women’s orchestra. I cannot even fathom playing music as Jews were led to their death and the same evening playing for a glittering party of Nazi officials. She had no choice and she did what she could.
One of my favorite characters is Omara. She is the leader, supporter, teacher, encourager of the women’s orchestra and the heroine especially. There is a variety of other characters that range from adding some lightness as they are funny & cute; as well as characters that will make your heart and mind hurt as they are full of hate or are the ones that lose their lives.
Somehow the author managed to infuse the story with hope and the fact that God is always there. I am looking forward to book #2 in this Hidden Masterpiece series.
Here is the backcover copy:
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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Thomas Nelson. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words/opinions are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.