August 13, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin 
"The Butterfly and the Violin"
Kristy Cambron

A face in a painting haunts Manhattan Art dealer Sera James.  She first saw the portrait as a young girl when her father took her to Paris.  After doing research, she finds out the girl is a talented Austrian Violinist, Adele Von Bron.  Adele's father is a high ranking member of the Third Reich, but she risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna.

In Sera's search for the painted, she crosses paths with William Hanover, grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul.  Sera and William start working together to discover beauty in the grim camps of Auschwitz.  They are also trying to discover Williams' grandfather's connection to Adele.  While working together Sera and William develop an interest in each other.  But is William only using Sera to find the painting and keep his family's fortune?

This was a very spell-bounding story.  It alternates between World War II and the present day.  It brought to light some things about the German camps for the Jews that I didn't know.  It also has a surprising twist at the end.  Very well written .  I found myself right in the middle of the story and the danger!

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