Review: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

July 31, 2014

Title: The Butterfly and the Violin
Author: Kristy Cambron
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1-4016-9059-5
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014

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

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting's subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.
Oh, my goodness...I don't know where to start with this story.

Kristy Cambron knocks this book out of the park. I couldn't believe that this was a debut novel. The writing was superb, the historical detail was phenomenal, and the story just captured you up into it making you forget all about the time. This was a book that made me stay up even later then usual.

I enjoyed how the two perspectives of this story really brought the whole picture together. We follow Sera James in our present day. She has been on the hunt for the one painting that has stuck with her since she was young. She wants to share it with everyone so that everyone can see the beauty of it like she did. In her hunt, she meets William, and with his connection to the painting, their meeting starts off rocky to say the least. However, as they start to work together, they uncover things that Sera has not noticed in her previous research. In that it brings more questions then answers.

Through Adele Von Bron, we get to see the two side of the Third Reich. The glittering parties that praised her accomplishments and the dark and deadly side that had no problem hunting down the Jews and people who helped them. Adele is forced to use her gift with the violin as a torture of sorts that the Nazi's have thought up in Auschwitz. As much as she hates playing it, she knows that it keeps her alive in this death camp.

As each side of the story is brought forward, you keep turning pages to see what else is uncovered. The story grips you and leaves you wanting more.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with WWII since hearing her grandfather’s stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University and works as Communications Consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction and placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.
Twitter: @KCambronAuthor
Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author

Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her three-book series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Agreed! Such a fantastic fantastic novel. Loved it!!

  2. Jamie, it's on my favorites for the year. Can't wait for her next book! :-)


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