Has a book ever swept you down a river of emotion and elegance? Was there beautiful despair tossed in?
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron not only took me down that river but sent me into an ocean of awe. The poignancy of the tale captured my interest from the first chapter and built layer upon layer of various emotions until I couldn’t help but weep as I read.
This may be Kristy’s debut novel, but she certainly has arrived on the book scene with gusto. I know authors often say they never “arrive,” but sometimes a reader knows when an author brings a unique voice and important stories to the table. And the best part for readers, in my opinion, is that Kristy’s stories teach invaluable lessons in an entertaining yet very organic way.
In the extraordinary book The Butterfly and the Violin, Sera James searches for the Holocaust painting that piqued her interest — and captured her heart — at the tender age of eight. Tracking down the piece of art and its secrets proves more difficult than simply calling the contacts she’s made since opening her art gallery. Once she finds a sliver of a lead, Sera’s real journey begins. But will she discover a victorious end to her pursuit or the birth of an entirely different dream?
The Holocaust at Auschwitz is predominantly featured in this book and may be difficult to read for some people. I recommend you pre-read this one before sharing it with your children (including teenagers).
That being said, this story is so powerful and beautiful. Honestly, words can’t do it justice. It really brought history alive to me in a way that had me feeling the dirt between my toes, the filth on my skin, and hearing Adele’s music as if she were playing a solo right in my living room. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail, intricate application of research, and raw passion Kristy Cambron put into the writing of Butterfly. The story reminded me of The Diary of Anne Frank and Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. I hope you will enjoy The Butterfly and the Violin, a real masterpiece in our generation.
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