Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

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.

About The Author:

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015.

Cambron is an art/design manager at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

Find out more about Kristy at http://kristycambron.com.

My Review:

The Butterfly and the Violin was my absolute favorite piece of fiction I read in 2014, so when the opportunity to read the follow up book, I had to jump at the chance to review it. Oh my readers, it was a true joy to read A Sparrow in Terezin. I have been obsessed with WWII novels but seriously these two books are by far two of my favorites, along with author Tricia Goyer.

The first thing that caught my attention with A Sparrow in Terezin was the stunningly, haunting cover. Also, I loved that the book took a page from the true life stories of art history, specifically the children's art in Terezin. From the author's notes in the book, I discovered that of 15,000 children that were to have passed through Terezin, only 100 survived. This is so terribly sad to me, that so many parents lost their children, and ultimately those surviving children lost parents. Thankfully their stories live on through the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944. 

The book itself was stunning, and drew me in from the very first pages. Sera and William are back in this book, and it was a delight to see their relationship develop even more so in this book. As heartbreaking as the true history is behind this novel, author Kristy Cambron brought it to life in a very raw, honest and absolutely beautiful manner, complete with a reverence that it so deserves. May we never forget the events of the concentration camps and the lives changed in them. The author is an absolutely fantastic story teller, and more then once she had me in tears as I read A Sparrow in Terezin.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase A Sparrow in Terezin online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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