Sunday, April 26, 2020

Review: The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece #1) by Kristy Cambron

The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)
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.

Kindle Edition, 335 pages

Published July 15th, 2014 
by Thomas Nelson

The Butterfly and the Violin is the first of 2 books in A Hidden Masterpiece Novel (A Sparrow in Terezin, is #2).  It's a dual time-period story where the present-day folks search for a missing painting - each having their own different reasons.  The past story is about how the painting came to be.

Set in Vienna beginning in 1942 it's an emotional story, which stands to reason given the time and location.  The author doesn't hold back when describing what Adele goes through.  As the blurb above holds back on saying all she went through so will I.  Given the title it's no secret that music plays a big part and that I found interesting and loved the way the author built this story around that.

As much as I love dual timelines there are times where the past holds more interest for me and that was the case here. The current day was ok but I think I wouldn't have minded if the book was just in the past.  I found myself more invested in the past, it was interesting and captures my attention more than Sera and William's story.

I love the cover for this book, as well as A Sparrow In Terezin. 
A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)

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