Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Sparrow at Terezin


Title:  A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel #2)
Author:  Kristy Cambron
Pages:  355
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Sera James and Will Hanover have moved up their wedding day and have just been proclaimed man and wife when Will is arrested.  Now that she is Sera Hanover she refuses to entertain any doubts of Will’s guilt.  She trusts him and knows he is innocent.  She knows she will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence even if it means contacting Will’s estranged father.  Once Sera meets Will’s father, she finally learns what Will has been hiding from her.  Is there new marriage strong enough to survive?
Kaja Makovsky flees Prague with her sister and her sister’s husband at the urging of her parents just ahead of the Nazis.  Kaja’s father is Jewish, so even though she is only half-Jewish, she is considered by the Nazis to be a Jew.  Her parents stay behind in Prague.  Kaja travels to London to finish her college degree and upon finishing gets a job at a London newspaper.  On her first day she meets Liam Marshall and over time they form a friendship that leads to romance.  Once the bombing of London starts by the Luftwaffe and more and more information is gleaned by the newspaper about the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis, Kaja is determined to return to occupied Prague to rescue her parents.  She embarks on a life-altering journey with life-changing consequences.
Is this a novel worth reading?  Absolutely!  For me, however, it wasn’t as good as this author’s first novel in the series, The Butterfly and the Violin.  I thought a little too much time was spent laying out the story at the outset.  The author uses the same technique as book one where one or two chapters are set in the WWII timeframe and then a chapter set in the present day.  There are some wonderful moments in the story, which will grab your heart.  The WWII era characters were my favorite as they are so well-developed and made me really care what happened to them.  The journey to and into a Nazi camp is harrowing, and the suffering endured just to live day-to-day is something I can only imagine.  The ability of the main characters, both in the past and the present, to maintain their faith while undergoing trials is tremendous.  These two books are ones that readers won’t forget, and I hope they will keep in their own personal libraries for a long time.
My rating is 4 stars.
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