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