Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.
Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairy–tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy their future before it even begins.
Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future with the man she loves.
1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family. Now a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, she has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.
Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains them and fight to protect all they hold dear–even if it means placing their own futures on the line.
|About the Contributor(s)||Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author.
|Release Date||Apr 7, 2015|
|Series||A Hidden Masterpiece Novel|
- Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Ms. Cambron brings together two divergent periods into a novel that inspires generations with its message of God’s consistency and provision. The historic sections of A Sparrow in Terezin are haunting in their depiction of Kaja’s life in World War II Europe, as she must choose between her own comfort and the safety of her family. In comparison, Sera’s present-day situation seems challenging, but never takes on the intensity or drama of the historical sections of the novel.
Overall, I thought that A Sparrow in Terezin was well done, but had a few weak points.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the advanced copy of A Sparrow in Terezin!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog (Posted on 4/7/2015)
- Review by Sally
Sera, faced with a brutal legal battle against her fiancé, William Hanover for a crime he didn’t commit, must fight for him and her family, before there is any hope for their future.
Kaja barely escapes occupied Prague while having to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Once she learns Jews are being killed by the thousands in concentration camps, she must return to smuggle her family to safety.
Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. It is seldom I find a book that makes time and commitment irrelevant, but that is exactly what this book did. I couldn’t wait to turn the next page. MS Cambron writes this heart-wrenching story vacillating between present day and WWII. She is able to write detailed historical facts of violent atrocities, without being overly graphic. Yet you are able to understand exactly what each girl is facing. As I read, I could feel God’s grace give them hope and endurance as they struggled with the atrocities of WWII’s concentration camp and modern day brutality. This is a book that will break your heart and will put it back together as their mysteries and tragedies unfold. It will remain in your heart long after you have read the last page.
I have not read the first book in this series, but I am off to do so now while anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 4/2/2015)