August 3, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin

A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz
and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.


In The Butterfly and the Violin, Kristy Cambron paints two stories, both filled with haunting imagery, remarkable clarity, and historical significance. The contemporary side of this story (present-day Manhattan) is seamlessly meshed with the historical side (1940s WWII holocaust) and sends me reeling through a myriad of emotions.

Sera James, an art dealer, had her heart broken when her engagement ended unexpectedly two years ago. She distracts herself from the hurt by searching for an intriguing painting she saw as a child. Even after years of searching, to no avail, she doesn’t give up. The portrait of the mysterious blue-eyed violinist seems to speak to her, and finding this particular piece of art consumes her everyday life. After exploring many dead-end leads, she finally finds hope when she meets William Hanover, who has reasons of his own of helping her in her quest.

Adele Von Bron is a talented young violinist haunted by the treacherous treatment of Jews during the holocaust. A fellow Philharmonic member, Vladimir Nicolai, shares her empathy for the mistreated, and their compassionate hearts soon lead them down a perilous path.

Two emotional stories interconnected by a mysterious portrait.

Kristy Cambron is a magnificent storytelling artist, and I can’t wait to read more by this author. Few books have touched me as deeply as this one has, and I can barely express how beautifully and painfully the pages unfold.

Overflowing with mixtures of calamity and joy, discrimination and justice, love and hate, present and past, the two women’s stories within The Butterfly and the Violin are impeccably meshed and have left permanent impressions on my soul.

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 335


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