The Butterfly And The Violin by Kristy CambronThe Butterfly And The Violin by Kristy Cambron

The Butterfly And The Violin

byKristy Cambron

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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“Fresh. Fascinating. Unforgettable. The Butterfl y and the Violin is a masterpiece of a debut.” —Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Reckoning

". . . impossible to put down." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK!

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 of 1942, 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: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

"In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Wiesel’s Night, will want to read." —Library Journal, starred review

". . . debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." —Publishers Weekly

Includes Reading Group Guide

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping Series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in th...
Title:The Butterfly And The ViolinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401690599

ISBN - 13:9781401690595

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great idea; poor execution Great idea, poor execution unfortunately. I applaud her first effort, but there really was no meat to it. It actually felt like two people wrote the book because the modern-day story was fluffy romance "chick lit" which really does not fit the tone of a Holocaust story. I'm not a huge fan of "then and now" stories but recognize that many Holocaust books are written that way and so I try to go with it. This book was "then and now" plus "before then". Three different time periods, at least one of which felt completely unnecessary. Tropes. The author appears to be a big fan of them because she used many. One can be effective if done well, but these seemed thrown in here and there for shock factor. They just made me groan. But then I'm not a huge fan of romance fiction just for the sake of romance. I pretty much skimmed through the modern-day stuff after the first third or so. Lastly, and most importantly for a Holocaust book (or really any great book), the relationships felt pretty superficial. It was like the author was trying to say the right things without showing or allowing us to feel the emotion behind it. Early on, two concentration camp prisoners were introduced, one of whom had just arrived at the camp as a political prisoner and had grown up wealthy and sheltered from most of the Nazi regime. They immediately began philosophizing about the evilness of the camp in a way that they couldn't possibly have been able to do at that time. It felt like the author was contributing her own opinion (or anyone's current opinion) based on what we now know about what happened during the Holocaust. This was nothing like "The Nightingale", "Schindler's List", "Once We Were Brothers", "The Storyteller", "The Auschwitz Escape", "Code Name Verity", "Rose Under Fire", or even "Lilac Girls". Those are truly moving stories whereas I felt almost nothing during this book (except frustration). I pretty much gave up after the main character, who is supposed to be a starving concentration camp prisoner, threw out some food just because a Nazi officer gave it to her. That actually made me angry. She could have at least taken it back to give to her friends. I'm sure they would have gladly taken it TO SURVIVE, which is supposed to be the point.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Butterfly and the Violin I was moved to tears with the author's account of life in nazi prison camps and the struggle (both emotional and physical) to stay among the living.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more than fiction excellent! not just a story, the worldview presented in this book, and the thoughts of the characters are very impactful. changed my personal view of beauty and art.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece of Words She told herself that to have something of worth in a world full of chaos was the very definition of beauty. It felt like a spiritual liberation that couldn?t be silenced. These prisoners, the ones who painted or wrote poetry or played in the orchestra ? they refused to let that spirit die. And this, she decided, is why the heart creates. God plants the talent and it grows, sustained by a spirit giving strength to endure, even in the midst of darkness. It thrives in the valleys of life and ignores the peaks. It blooms like a flower when cradled by the warmth of the sun. It remains in a hidden stairwell in a concentration camp. It grows, fed in secret, in the heart of every artist. The God-worship of every life ? this was the art of Auschwitz. Excerpt from The Butterfly and the Violin pp. 277-278 In the summer of 2014, a new author named Kristy Cambron emerged from Thomas Nelson publishers with her debut novel - The Butterfly and the Violin. This story of incredible courage - the courage to find beauty and strength in the midst of death, darkness, and destruction ? is an unforgettable reading experience. Painting vivid pictures in her readers? minds, Ms. Cambron is truly an artist with words, making this book the first of a very aptly named series of Hidden Masterpiece Novels. Unquestionably the most fascinating asset of The Butterfly and the Violin is revealed through its fresh voice and rich uniqueness, both of which come from many different areas? Two stories weave among each other as a modern day art collector uncovers the 70-year-old story of a strangely poignant portrait created during World War II. The harsh setting from inside a Nazi concentration camp is contrasted sharply with present day Manhattan in back-to-back chapters, but somehow the shift never feels abrupt, or difficult to understand. With careful finesse, the double storyline parallels, contrasts, and connects in unexpected yet beautiful ways, adding rather than detracting from the flow of the story. Although the brutal, bleak reality of concentration camp life is never glossed over or sugar-coated in the story, neither is it focused on as hopeless, or as the living death it must have felt like. Horrors are depicted. They were real, and The Butterfly and the Violin doesn?t pretend they weren?t. But it helps us to remember that God is inside each one of His people, and where God is, beauty is, too. Certainly death is real, but death was overcome by Life ? at the same time fear was overcome by hope, and ugliness by beauty. If you take the time to read this remarkable book, and I sincerely hope you do, you will find glimpses of these truths, and many others besides, hidden among the pages of this masterpiece of words. *** This book was provided courtesy of HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for my honest review. It is available for purchase at bookstores from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a hidden masterpiece novel. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron, ? 2014 A Hidden Masterpiece series, Book #1 Can you imagine the birds not singing, nor trees to harbor them in against danger or shade from the burning down strokes of the brilliant sun? Auschwitz II - Birkenau. What about shoes that fit your feet, or a dress that isn't soiled from days of wear and tarnish of a soul? Nothing to brighten ~ but wait... there is music. Sadly, the arrival of the train and the music do not accompany gladness and joy. Heralded as a welcome, it is not for wellness. Families are separated in lines going in different directions, to different outcomes. Some to work, some to peril. Kristy Cambron has written a strong story. Divided between present day Manhattan with an art dealer, Sera James, seeking the painting she remembers seeing as a child on a trip with her Father ~ and the horrors of the Holocaust told in the story of the woman in the painting. You are down every street with Adele Von Bron and Vladimir Nicolai, hoping they will see each other again. The shattering of glass as the hidden Jews are shot and killed before her eyes as Adele runs and falls amid the ruins, piercing her hand that is to hold her violin for the Third Reich concert the next night, December 5, 1942. The telling is so vivid you want to stay and discover what happened but yet go back as the search continues for the painting and the owner of it. A story of hope within the destruction as Corrie ten Boom in previous writings. Would you hear birdsong and the semblance of a life beyond the barriers of death? It is there on the wall in a hidden hovel. Artistic expression of life within. For a soul set truly free cannot be held captive. Man's inhumanity to man through generations told in an honest portrayal of lives so real I looked for their names in history accounts, Adele's portrait so vividly described you are sure you will recognize it, and seeking the prisoner camp art of the Holocaust. Their story affected Sera's outlook to opening up her heart to love even after dismal aftermath's in her own life. Courage. Fortitude. Living. What especially touched me and summed it all up was ~*~ "We think we know what we want, don't we? We always believe we know better than God. We have our entire journey plotted out. We may have even packed our bags and purchased a ticket, but God always has His own plans. And His plans are infinite in wisdom." ??The Butterfly and the Violin, 308-09 Absolutely a hidden masterpiece novel. ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to be part of the book blog tour for Kristy Cambron's debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, published by Thomas Nelson. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A devut masterpiece You know that special feeling you get when you open a book and your super-reader-spidey-senses start clamoring an alarm that raises the hair on the back of your neck and goosebumps on your arms and you come to the stunning realization that you are holding a stupendous story in your hands? Well, The Butterfly and the Violin is that kind of book. Sobering and exhilarating all in the same breath, Cambron constructs two love stories, one in the past and one in the present. Both are so compelling I didn't want either of them to stop. Every chapter ends in a cliffhanger. Every paragraph breathes indomitable spirit and emotion as the author expertly weaves the past and present together until they become intertwined into an astonishing conclusion. All this in a debut novel! It boggles the mind but gladdens my heart no end. Cambron has created a masterpiece that testifies of God's faithfulness and the invincible spirit of his ultimate creation. My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Net Galley for my review copy of this book.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Everyone should read this book, a fictional, but true story. The horrors of Hitler?s world, and the acceptance by many that willingly followed him, like lemmings going off a cliff. We put faces to these people, although they really could have a thousand different ones. A memory of a painting observed by an eight-year-old girl, becomes a life passion, and we become witnesses to how it came to be. Add in a family in possession of a copy of this same painting, thought to be the original, and we have a basis of the story. Sera James owns a Manhattan Art Gallery, and has a passion to find this picture she only glimpsed once. When her assistant finds it, or think she does, Sera heads to California and meets William Hanover III. So begins a chance romance, but it is not the main romance, there is another in this story. One that has to do with the Vienna?s Philharmonic, and the lives of compassionate and gifted performers who with God?s help eyes are opened to what is going on in their country. Vladimir and Adele are the Austrian side of this story, and what they do that lands them in Auschwitz. We change to different time periods in this book, and you keep hoping while knowing all the while what is about to happen. Hoping you are wrong, but the time was too horrible, that even the German?s tried to destroy all of the evidence. I so enjoyed this book, and even wanted more, not to be in the prison camp, but to see the three blinks of eyelids. You won?t go wrong with this one, and it will keep you up trying to get to the end to find a conclusion, will anyone survive? Everyone?s life is about to be changed! I gave this book the top five stars, but it is worth much more! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2014-07-25

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'This amazing book was emotionally engaging and very hard to put down. Its message of trusting God no matter the circumstances is one that will stay with your customers."