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The Butterfly and the Violin

A Hidden Masterpiece Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Series: Hidden Masterpiece, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

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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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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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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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.

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Beautiful story!

This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish this story. It's a story about a young girl who is sent to a concentration camp because she tried to help Jewish friends escape Austria during the World War II. It's an amazing story about faith and strength whether it is Adelle or Vladimir.

This is also a story about inspiration, faith and God. If that isn't what you want to read about, then pass this one by. This story gave me a sense of well being even though the subject matter was dark, bleak and horrible. There is always hope if you only wait to see how God answers prayers.

The only thing I didn't like was the narrator. I did get over that because the story was so wonderful!

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Disappointing, superficial

Disappointing story with underdeveloped characters. Very religious focus beginning half way through feels uncomfortable and almost evangelical.

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Beautiful story

This story is set in present day as well as ww2 Times. Story of a girl and her violin and the courage to life again after the war.

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An intriguing story

This was an intriguing story. It moved the reader back and forth between the plots very smoothly. It’s difficult to put down as you yearn to understand what happened to the characters. In the end, though, it fell a bit flat. The wrap up wasn’t exciting but instead ran out of steam.

On another note. I didn’t realize that this is a Christian centered story. I nearly returned it when I realized that it was but it was gently done for the most part and I felt it inoffensive to individuals of other belief systems and read on.