In Kristi Cambron’s The Butterfly and the Violin, talented violinist Adele Von Braun lives a sheltered life in 1942 Austria but yearns to help those who are affected by war. To that end, she undertakes the dangerous mission of smuggling Jews out of the country. Her life turns upside down when she is caught, and she fights for survival in Auschwitz. In her darkest days, a fellow prisoner shows Adele an exquisite painting and reminds her that God creates beauty out of tragedy. Generations later, the historic search for this same masterpiece serves to inspire a young art dealer struggling to overcome rejection and a broken heart. Will it lead her to love too?
The Butterfly and the Violin is extremely well-written and rich with historical detail, so much so that the reader can feel the deprivation of the concentration camp. The narrative is told by two women generations apart, but the plot is woven seamlessly together with gripping scenes that make the novel hard to put down. The reader easily identifies with the characters, each displaying depth and authenticity. The romantic storyline is skillfully told and, to Cambron’s credit, does not drown the rest of the story. The spiritual message is unmistakable, but not preachy.
The Butterfly and the Violin is an example of superb writing and the first in the Hidden Masterpiece series. If you like historical romantic fiction, I highly recommend The Butterfly and the Violin.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.