Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Favorite book of 2014: The Butterfly & Violin


Title:  The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel)
Author:  Kristy Cambron
Story Length:  323
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Adele Von Bron was born with an incredible God-given gift to play the violin masterfully.  She was also born into a wealthy family, with her father serving in the Austrian Army in the Third Reich during the late 1930s and 1940s.  She plays with the Vienna Philharmonic as a prodigy.  Little does she know then how this skill will someday save her life.  She meets another young member of the orchestra, Vladimir and becomes friend with him.  He, however, is much more than a cellist.  He is working to secretly help Jewish families leave Austria for Switzerland, an act punishable by death.  After a few years, Adele admits to herself she loves Vladimir, but her father wants better for his daughter than marriage to a merchant’s son.  Vladimir and Adele meet secretly and he eventually tells her of his commitment to helping the Jewish people escape persecution.  Adele wants to help, too.  They are both Christians and want to live lives that support their faith.  Their clandestine meetings lead to their downfall and soon their lives are changed forever.
Sera James longs for the past when her father was alive and her life was simpler.  She remembers a painting her father took her to see that changes her life.  Now, with her father long dead and her heart broken by a failed engagement, she is obsessed with finding the painting and the story of the young woman in the painting.  Her search connects her with William Hanover, a wealthy young businessman.  The two are drawn together in their search for the painting and its underlying story.  Spending some time together, they both realize their feelings for one another go beyond friendship.  Sera is so afraid to trust any man again.  Her heart can’t take another betrayal.  William longs to be the man God made him to be, but can he break away from the position his family has placed him in?
This is an incredibly poignant story of loss and love.  Once I started the book, I couldn’t put it down.  I just had to find out the ending to Adele’s story as well as Sera’s story.  It was riveting to read how this one painting changed the lives of several people.  What a great truth is spoken through the pages of this story that God is always present even in the midst of indescribable horror and that we must live our lives for Him no matter what.  A difficult truth to live out, but God has given us life and we must do our best to live for Him in a way that glorifies Him.  Thank you, Kristy for writing this book and giving readers a look at the past that could indeed shape their future.
My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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