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.

About the author: Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the Inspirational category of the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter

 ***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.***

N*E*W*S ALERT: The Butterfly and the Violin has been selected as an AMAZON DEAL all week -- $7.00 for paperback and $6.15 for Kindle eBook 8/3 - 8/9/14. Enjoy!

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TOMORROW, August 7, 2014

Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.

 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of  The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!


  1. This is such a *beautifully* written review! I am SO grateful. (Plus, the video of me was funny... It took me forever to get a take I was satisfied with!) Thanks for your words - their lovely, endearing way of connecting to readers really blessed me. Xoxo - Kristy

    1. A Sparrow in Terezin releasing in April 2015 will be long-awaited by me! Thank you for your in-depth writings. I really appreciate your research and detail we would not have learned in school. Historical fiction is my very favorite genre. I hope you make it to Paris! Blessings, Kathleen