Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This Book Room: the Butterfly and the Violin

"Today." Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world's elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.

"Vienna, 1942." Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna's vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family's tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.

The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele's barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshipping God with her gift?

As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait--Adele--they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God's faithfulness never falters.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Hidden Masterpiece series.

My thoughts: I am obsessed with reading anything and everything from the World War II era, particularly anything to do with Germany and the concentration camps. This book did not disappoint. I wanted to read, read, read until I found out what exactly happened to Adele and Vladimir.

Sera and William are somewhat distracting from who, and what is, undoubtedly the true heart of this story: Adele, Vladimir and anyone else who suffered during this horrible time in history. Honestly, I felt this book was one of the better ones I've read for this specific time period. I could easily picture the concentration camps and the different scenes the author wrote.

Sadly, I felt the ending was much too rushed. Yes, I found out what happened to Adele and Vladimir, but I wanted to know more. It felt like the author just wanted to wrap things up and move on, and I wasn't ready to. Still, this book was a fantastic read and I'm looking forward to see what the author has planned for book two in the Hidden Masterpiece series.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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