Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Sera James has left behind her successful art gallery in New York for California, marriage to wealthy William Hanover, and a new West Coast gallery.  Excitement abounds as the pair prepare for their wedding at William's family estate.  Family believe the reason for the sudden decision to marry now instead of waiting until after the gallery has opened is simply that they are in love.  But then police arrive only moments after the ceremony and arrest William for crimes he swears he has not committed.

Those readers who met Sera and William in Cambron's earlier book THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN will soon realize that William's problems lie in the clouded history of art works owned by the family company founded by his grandfather.  Only this time William is unwilling to help Sera unravel the mystery behind the accusations against him.  Sera fully believes in her husband's innocence but cannot understand his reluctance to confront his alienated father in order to clear his own name.  Sera sets off for England to find her own answers.  As she digs for the truth about her husband, she will learn even more about Sophie, the Holocaust survivor who now owns The Butterfly and the Violin painting of book one.  I was thrilled with Cambron's first book and this second title
again tells a heart wrenching tale of humanity, courage, and faith among the dark, cruelty of the Nazi death camps. Like the first book, A SPARROW IN TEREZIN alternates between present day and the 1940s, each time period with its own stories of intrigue and love. Moving back and forth between Sera's story and the war period builds interest in both stories.  My suggestion is that readers get both books as reading them as a whole will have even more power.

I received an e-copy of this title from Netgalley for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your thoughts, Sue. Glad you posted on the Litfuse page. I'm not usually a fan of WW2 fiction because I have a hard time with Holocaust themes, but I absolutely loved The Butterfly and the Violin. I'm a pianist, so the musical connection really resonated with me. Looking forward to starting this one soon.