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Book Review: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

A Sparrow in Terezin

The Synopsis: 

Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

“Today. “With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiance threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.

“June 1942. “After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kaja Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kaja has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kaja finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.

Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kaja will fight to protect all they hold dear.

My Review: 

If you have been following my blog since last year, you will have read my review of The Butterfly and the Violin, book one to the Hidden Masterpiece series and you would probably know quite well how much I LOVED that book! As soon as I knew that Kristy was writing book two; I knew without a doubt that I was going to be getting it, to the point that I never even read what the book was about until I held it in my hands! A Sparrow in Terezin is another great novel that I could tell was well researched and well loved. I was happy to see that the present day characters, Sera and William, were much more realistic and much better developed in this book than they had been in the first. I enjoyed the plot twists that were found throughout the story and once again the intertwining of the present day and past stories worked out beautifully.

Kaja’s story was intriguing and very well written; it had really good characters and great emotion, but, in my opinion, it was not near as good of a story as Adele Von Bron’s story from The Butterfly and the Violin. That was a story that was just so perfectly written that I doubt it will ever be able to be duplicated. However, I still loved A Sparrow in Terezin, couldn’t put it down, and I will be recommending it to everyone I know! 4 out of 5 stars!

Though you can read the books out of order because of the “past” stories; I would suggest reading The Hidden Masterpiece novels in order to keep up with the “present day” story as it is a continuation for William and Sera.

“I received this book from the author/publisher via Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio: 

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson, 2014), was named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, Family Fiction’s Top Ten Novels of 2014, and received nominations for both the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015), was named Library Journal Reviews’ Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for April 2015.

Read more on her website- kristycambron.com

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