One of my favorite time periods to learn about and study is WWII. I think some of that comes from my father having been in the Navy then. But learning about the struggles and tragedy of the Jews just reaches my heart in a special way.
Author, Kristy Cambron grabbed my heart almost from the beginning of this book. I love historical fiction! To learn the story of the violinist Adele Von Bron was wonderful. I really enjoyed the way that Kristy told the story through two different time periods, weaving the lives of all the characters together in a special way. It was a wonderful way to tell the story!
I know in my own life, learning the facts behind the life of one of my ancestors has really touched me and I learned so much from it. It helped me to focus on things I should with a whole new perspective. That's in a way what happened with the main character in the book, Sera James. Watching her heart heal through the events in the book was wonderful!
If you love historical fiction, this is a book for you!
About the book:
A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz---and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl---a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting's subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.
As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.
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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.
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I received a copy of the book for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own.