Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin

I don't know if this is a newer idea or not, but quite a few historical novels now feature a dual viewpoint- one from the past and one from the present. 
This perspective works, but only if both stories are equally crafted. If you miss that, then the historical voice seems distant and stiff and the modern characters seem shallow compared to the hardships of the past. 

So.... what's my verdict on The Butterfly and the Violin? 
This novel is full of heart and soul, in both main character's lives.
It celebrates the way humans bring forth victory over darkness by creating beauty- art and music and words, even in a prison camps.

Based on the real facts that art was discovered in the Holocaust concentration camps, The Butterfly and the Violin imagines a story behind one certain painting: A blue-eyed girl with a prison tattoo branded on her arm, a head shaved but not bowed, and a violin cradled to her chest. 

That's the image that has haunted Sera James all her life, ever since she first saw it. Now that she runs an art gallery in New York, she can finally trace down the original painting. And now perhaps she can know the story that those blue eyes beg to tell the world. Who was this violinist? 
Did she die? If she survived, where did she go? And... did she ever love, and lose someone she loved? 

Flash backwards to 1942, and find Adele, "Austria's Sweetheart." She's the violinist in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the daughter of a Reich official. Until the night she tries to help a family of Jews escape. Then she is the disowned daughter, bound for the camps, with one skill that may preserve her life. She can pour music from her soul through her fingers and coax pain or joy from a violin. 

I love this tale. Sera is passionate about art and life in general, and Adele was struggling to hold on to hope. 

That lost painting is the focal point of the novel, and truly art is healing. Something so simple- just colors on a canvas- yet it can remind us who we really are and point the way toward blessings in the future. 

I'm glad I had the opportunity to be a part of Kristy Cambron's launch team. It was a pleasure to read this story and share my thoughts.

Kristy Cambron

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Kristy's been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war. She writes WWII and Regency Era historical Christian fiction titles. THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, Book One in the 'A Hidden Masterpiece' series on the prisoner camp art of Auschwitz, will release from Thomas Nelson Publishers in July, 2014.

She's a proud Hoosier, living 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. 

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