The Butterfly and the Violin
Plot Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Pace: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ⑩
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 4 5 ⑥ 7 8 9 10
Publication Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 323
Series: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel-Book 1
Summary on back cover:
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.
They say to never judge a book by its cover but that is exactly what I did. This cover totally persuaded me to buy this book. And you know what? I am not disappointed at all. This is a different kind of book. There are two storylines going on at the same time. One is set in the present day and the other is in 1942, right when World War II is going on. A certain painting connects these two stories together. I was really impressed with how well Kristy Cambron accomplished the task of putting two stories in one book. I thought the stories would feel rushed or the characters not developed enough, but I was wrong. She did an excellent job. Honestly, at the moment I don’t have anything bad to say about this book. Although I feel like I do need to say this; if you are looking for a feel good book that will make you smile and laugh through the whole thing, then this book isn’t for you. I almost cried and I never cry while reading something! It is about the holocaust, so it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows if you know what I mean. I love this book though. It is such a powerful and beautiful story. I would definitely recommend this book.