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A Sparrow in Terezin

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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.

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.

Contributor(s) Kristy Cambron
About the Contributor(s) Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named in Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.

Kristy holds a degree in art history/research writing, and has fifteen years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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ISBN-10 1401690610
ISBN-13 9781401690618
Release Date Apr 7, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 368
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Series A Hidden Masterpiece Novel
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Following the events of Ms. Cambron’s first novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, A Sparrow in Terezin continues the story of gallery owner Sera James, as she moves to California and marries her fiancé, William Hanover. However, not all is as it should be, as Sera and William are immediately faced with a court battle that has the power to tear apart their dreams of a life together. Their story becomes interwoven with the life of Kaja Makovsky, a native of Prague before the terror of the Nazi occupation destroys all that she has known. With God-given strength and courage that later inspires Sera’s generation, Kaja survives the Blitz in London before sneaking back to Prague to rescue her parents. When the unthinkable occurs, Kaja finds herself in the Terezin ghetto and concentration camp, teaching Jewish children art and an unfathomable lesson in hope.

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
Overall Rating
Although years separate Sera James (present day) and Kaja Makowsky (1942) their lives are paralleled as they both fight for their survival and for those they love.

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 4/1/2015)

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