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The Butterfly and the Violin
A Hidden Masterpiece Novel - Book 1
Kristy Cambron

Thomas Nelson
July 8, 2014/ ISBN 9781401690595
Literature / Fiction / Romance

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Sera was eight when her grandfather took her to an art gallery in Paris and she saw the portrait of a young violinist whose shaved head and numbered tattoo was indicative of a concentration camp victim. The portrait haunted her ever since. Perhaps, after being jilted by her fiancé, she identifies with the pain and hopelessness she sees in the young woman’s eyes. When William Hanover III sends a copy of the very same painting to Sera’s gallery on loan, willing to pay her to find the original, Sera is determined to find the original. She meets with William, who is liquidating his grandfather’s estate, and together they work to discover the painting’s location.

In 1942 Vienna, Adele Von Bron is the daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, society’s darling and a young concert violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic, who has fallen in love with Vladimir Nicolai, a cellist. Aware he helps smuggle Jews into Switzerland, Adele asks him to save a family. When the escape goes horribly wrong, the Gestapo sends Adele to Auschwitz. Forced to play in a woman’s orchestra, she witnesses starvation and death, and learns how to fight for her survival.

The Butterfly and the Violin is a masterfully written, eloquent testament to the human spirit. Ms. Cambron has skillfully rendered a depiction of concentration life and a powerful reminder of the horrors of war, while at the same time provided a portrayal of the power of faith in the face of death. This is a tale of the ultimate power of love, with sensitive portrayals of characters’ emotions and courage. It’s also a deeply touching and beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes. It’s definitely the best book I’ve read all year and one I highly recommend.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2014