A Sparrow in Terezin, sequel to The Butterfly and the Violin, the second Hidden Masterpeice Novel.
Despite dehumanizing treatment, victims of the Holocaust left behind works of art, some of it created within the death camps. Kristy Cambron is writing a series of books about these "Hidden Masterpieces," imagining a story for each artist.
The way Kristy brings her characters together is something to behold. Just like in life, all the steps and stops add up, and leave you facing your enemy, facing your friend, facing yourself. And when various characters meet, they must decide whether to help or harm, give or ignore, recognize fellow humanity or close their eyes.
Along with the compelling history lesson we receive as we follow Kaja's exodus from Prague, we get a modern day story too.
If you read book one, you remember Will and Sera. They solved the mystery of a haunting painting in the first book, and when you begin this book you'll find yourself attending their wedding.
Of course, Sera and Will don't immediately experience wedded bliss. There's another mystery for them to solve, one that requires delving into history's secrets for answers and wisdom.
These two books belong together, read in order, because they forma panoramic view of several stories. They are an excellent example of redemptive storytelling- these books are accessible, respectful tributes to the survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
Thank you Litfuse for my review copy.