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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

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

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Please Stop Promoting Myth of a “Christian Holocaust”

This story is under the “Escape” package, which is misleading. It’s Christian fiction. While the premise is good, the delivery is awful. The modern day story would be good if it wasn’t for the author shoving Christianity down our throats. What’s worse is the glossing over the suffering over the majority of victims of concentration camps by making it about being a Christian message instead. That’s just wrong and totally anti-Semitic. The narrator makes it worse by her use of “mimicking” what I assume are accents.

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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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How to ruin a good story...

How do you ruin a good story? Simple--put in a phony sounding German accent for the dialogue. We all know that the protagonist is Austrian. We all know that her boyfriend is Austrian. We all know that her parents are Austrian. (Spoiler alert!) We all know that her German guards are German speaking. Let it be and just do the story. We know that she would be speaking GERMAN, not accented English.

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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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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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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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5 stars is not enough!

beautifully written and narrated.
Wouldn't mind a sequel about William and Sera and their future together.

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My kind of story!

I simply adore history and historical fiction stories are what I am drawn to. This story was beautifully thought provoking and drew me in right from the start. Now I'm ready for Kristy Cambron's next books---bring them all on!!!

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Beautiful story as always.

Kristy cambron is amazing with time slip novels and knows how to whisp me away to the past while bringing hope to me present.

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Sad and beautiful story

I actually listened to the second one first. I was so happy to find this one to fill in some gaps. Beautifully written of a terrible time in history.