Friday, April 24, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

About the author:

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter

About the book:
A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day---With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life---until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she's planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942---Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear---even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

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Margie's Comments: Kristy Cambron's A Sparrow in Terezin is the second book in her debut series, Hidden Masterpieces. I haven't read the first book, but I didn't find that an issue as I started to read this one for review. (But I will go back and read The Butterfly and the Violin now.) I certainly do understand the hype about the author's excellent debut novel and the corresponding publicity and excellent reviews this second book is now getting. Cambron's characters are well rounded, likeable, and immediately put into situations that evoked my sympathy right from the start. The book jumps from early World War II Poland to contemporary California, but the similarities of the battles Sera and Kaja face in fighting for their families bind them together. The theme of faith and hope and love is strong in both story lines, and I love the way the story jumps from the present time to the historical and back again. Cambron shows excellent facility in handling this type of novel and brings off a great and satisfying story. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.)