The Butterfly and the Violin


The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron 

Kristy Cambron’s debut novel is stunning.

I have been captivated by the cover since I first saw it, especially because it is set during World War II.

The stories of contemporary Manhattan art dealer Sera James and World War II era Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron intertwine in this novel. Sera uncovers a painting of a mysterious young woman (Adele) and seeks to uncover her story.

Adele’s story, while heartbreaking, stands out among the fiction I have read. A talented violinist and daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele acts on what she knows to be right and true, to help smuggle a Jewish family out of Vienna. That act leads to her imprisonment in the dark camp of Auschwitz, as a member of the Women’s Orchestra. I had no idea their was truly an orchestra to entertain Nazi leadership, and to escort prisoners to their death.


I love the depth of faith in the story, Adele is a life changed by acting on her belief of justice. Here we are challenged to wonder if we would have such unwavering courage. Those in the concentration camps, in the midst of horror, still sought to create by writing, painting, and playing instruments. I find encouragement that in the face of adversity, our God-given gifts cannot be suppressed.

God was there, in the hearts of the lost, in the lives of the men and women and children who had lived for a new beginning.


And just like that there is hope, even when the world goes dark, there is always light.


Where have you seen hope in what seemed hopeless? What gifts has God given you to use?  

Comment and win a copy of this book! 

(Opinions are my own, I was given a copy of the book to review and giveaway through Litfuse Publicity.)

14 thoughts on “The Butterfly and the Violin

  1. A new man came to our Bible Study last week. He shared his testimony of God giving hope to the hopeless. You know the sort of story where one is at their very worst, broken and needy, and then God comes along… It does your soul good to hear stories of redemption, stories of faith. I should read more biographies (even though this is fiction!) 🙂

    • I attended the monthly meeting for our church cancer care group last night and after hearing one man’s battle to survive each day – I was so very humbled. This man had such faith, such trust, such optimism and a true spirit of praise despite his circumstances. We can all learn about true faith by hearing such stories (and by meeting such believers). Thanks for stopping by today! ; )

  2. Wow. This book sounds really wonderful. Gosh. I always wish that I could be brave and act on what is right… but I often times chicken out. 😦 Boo.

    • Leslie – No worries. We all chicken out at times. I chickened-out on trying to write this book for more than 10 years because I wasn’t sure if I could do it. Truth is – I couldn’t. Everything in the journey was about God doing it! ; ) And I think your comment was honest and brave!!

  3. This book sounds like a good one. I don’t normally read fiction but the last book I read was fiction and I really enjoyed and think that’s the better way to go during the summer. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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