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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and 1/2

The Butterfly and the Violin, by Kristy Cambron 

Told in a split timeline, The Butterfly and the Violin paints the stories of two women, separated by many decades. 

Sera James, a finder and restorer of art antiques, naturally has a passion for art, but one particular portrait of a violinist from the German death camps obsesses her. Since she saw it as a girl, she has worked to track it down.

William Hanover, heir to a fortune, crosses Sera’s path, but the sparks that fly are not all based in the passions of the heart. He desires to find the original portrait as well. 

Adele Von Bron, darling violinist of the philharmonic orchestra in Austria, dares to fly a bit too close to the flame. Undertaking a mission to hide her Jewish friends from the German Gestapo, Adele and her sweetheart from the orchestra, Vladimir, get caught. Adele and Vladimir get separated as they are thrown into train cars and taken to work camps. Will Vladimir ever see his “butterfly” of the orchestra again?

Ending up at Auschwitz, Adele is pooled into a musicians group, which plays when the SS demands. She soon learns to survive. But will she be strong enough to endure through sickness and the all the death around her? 

Readers of Christian fiction, Christian historical fiction, and wartime fiction, will enjoy this dramatic novel.

I gave this book four and 1/2 stars instead of five because it seemed similar to other WWII fiction novels I have read. Maybe I’ve just read too many, but the cover of this book attracted me. I found Cambron’s writing and style enjoyable.

What are you reading?

Let me know in the comments what currently has your attention in the book world.

Happy Reading! J

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2 thoughts on “The Violin and the Butterfly

  1. I’ve heard a lot about this book, but haven’t taken time to read any reviews. Now that I have, I think I’ll have to add this one to my To Be Read list. It sounds good! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Chloe, I really enjoyed it and am glad that I bought the book, thought the cover initially was the main draw. I’m a sucker for that kind of look.

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