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.
©2014 Kristy Cambron (P)2015 Tantor
"Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." (Publishers Weekly)
Rarely do I give a book 5 stars, but this one definitely deserves it. The author has the incredible ability to take a horrible time in history, write about lives and love lost, and yet make us smile at the end of the book. This book was incredible in my opinion. I loved it. The character development made each person come to life and helped us either love or hate what was happening. Adele's strength, trials and ability to overcome are amazing. I highly recommend this book!
I've read at least 6 historical Christian friction in the last 6 mo... all OK or good but this has 2 stories,lots of history and just enough romance without ruining the story.all the while,weaving Gods love threw the whole thing. BRAVO! thank you!!!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The historically accurate though fictional tale of The Butterfly and the Violin takes the listener on a harrowing trip from aristocratic Austria, where Adele is the darling of society and the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer . . . she plays violin with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra where she meets Vladimir Nicolai, a talented musician from a very humble background, and not a fitting match for Adele (in the eyes of Adele's parents) . . . many of her parents' ideas and beliefs are coming into conflict for Adele, as WWII and Hitler's polices come to light . . . most of all the treatment and imprisonment of the Jewish people . . . as Adele tests the tenants of Nazi Germany's government against her Christian faith, she makes choices that eventually send her to the Auschwitz death camps . . . the book with a dual time line and story also has Sera James, Manhattan art dealer/gallery owner and William Hanover, California businessman in search of the painting of Adele some 70 years later . . . both stories are tied together well, and linked in unexpected ways . . . filled with faith and love, a testament to our God, who has promised to walk with us, even through the Valley of the Shadow of Death . . .
This will be a favorite of mine and I will tell others if they want a beautiful heartwarming story of love, bravery, and a faith that moves the heart. You will want to read this book. The author is gifted by God in her writing and it should become a movie. The narrator was incredible I just loved this story.
This is the first time I listened to her and she held my attention I just wanted to hear the book all in one sitting. It was so good and she made the characters come to life for me. Thank you I will search for more of your books.
Yes, for sure. You just have to find out what happens next and the ending is such a surprise how she pulled all the characters together and you could see God hand in all of their lives. It was so good.
This is a book I will not forget and will listen to it again for sure.
Excellent story at a very strong and sad time in our history. The most excruciating fact is that now people are ignoring the facts that are recorded and dismissing
them from history education. Do we want to squelch facts and dumb down our children?
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