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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Better than Outstanding!

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!

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  • :)
  • 08-09-17

A Powerful Masterpiece

I'm not a fan of non-fiction. But this book reads like fiction. 2 lives are changed by the horror of WWII & do what they can to help others. This book has a present & past tense to it. 2 present day ppl are searching for 2 lives in the past. Through the horrors of Auschwitz, all characters' lives have changed. The author doesn't go into excruciating details..but enough to show the suffering & horror of prison camps. Narration couldn't be better! Different tones & accents for ea. character. I don't take time to leave reviews unless a book touches me. This's an audio I'll listen to again & again. Reminds me of 'Auschwitz' by Joel Rosenburgh.. but not as detailed that you get bogged down. An excellent, inspiring audio worth every penny. 10 out of 5 stars in every catagory!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-24-16

God in the Valley of Death

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 . . .

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Meh

I am not crazy about the narrating. The accents are atrocious. The story seems okay so far, but it is hard to tell, because if this.

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So very realistic.

I appreciate so much the extra research the author undertook before beginning. I was caught up from the first chapter. I feel I have gotten a fairly accurate portrayal of the time and situation. I'm fascinated by this era of history as I had family there. My Aunt was able to talk about in her later life and feel she wasn't entirely truthful. The narrator was excellent and I will certainly look for her again. I'm going to start book two as soon as I post it.

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wonderful!

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!!!

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  • JM
  • 01-11-16

Sweet Story

I enjoyed this book. I liked jumping back and forth between the two stories, and I appreciated listening to a sweet, clean romance, that gives honor to God.

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  • DEBRA
  • NEW PROVIDENCE, PA, United States
  • 01-10-16

WONDERFUL, LOVED EVERY MINUTE

Where does The Butterfly and the Violin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

This is a book I will not forget and will listen to it again for sure.

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Boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I expected so much more! I guess as a lover of history - this was way too lite.
I only listened to a little bit - way more than I wanted because I was on the highway stuck.

What was most disappointing about Kristy Cambron’s story?

I only listened to a bit - but it was so boring. I love history but it was so shallow.

Any additional comments?

I am different - I love books with many plots and mystery.

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so good

Would you consider the audio edition of The Butterfly and the Violin to be better than the print version?

yes, it's great to do my 5 mile walks and listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adele, What she had to endure during the war

What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

very lovely I enjoyed

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I just love the title of the book anything is good

0 of 1 people found this review helpful