And then came war . . .
“Today.” Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.
“Vienna, 1942.” Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna’s vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family’s tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.
The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele’s barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?
As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait–Adele–they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God’s faithfulness never falters.
“UPS”: The historical characters in this book were absolutely incredible! I loved each one of them and they were all so realistic, believable, and just excellently written. The story was also full of adventure, plot twists, and believable emotion, which made the book that much better. The Christian content was also great, nearly every page was full of prayers, faith, and Scriptures, making the book very refreshing to read.
“DOWNS”: The “present day” characters and story did not impress me that much, the romance between Sera and William happened way to fast to be realistic and really, kissing the day you meet is not a good move. William was a well developed character, but Sera, as a character, seemed confusing. Her hurt was believable at first, but the fact that she threw away all her guard and cation the day she meets William, made it seem as if she was just using her “hurt” as an excuse to ignore other guys, which I am sure the author did not try to do.
“OVERALL”: The “downs” do not overpower the “ups”! Despite the “downs”, I still give The Butterfly and the Violin a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 for my time well spent! Those of you who love historical fiction, you will love this book! I highly recommend it!
“I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”
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