Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

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 fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned 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.
1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. 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, Kája 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 and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

About the book- 

Last year one of my favorite books was Kristy Cambron's debut novel The Butterfly and the Violin. I have a special place in my heart for WWII novels, but that one knocked it out of the park with an original plot that I never would have  thought of on a subject that I didn't even know happened. I was super excited to read Cambron's sophomore effort, A Sparrow in Terezin. This was another novel set both during WWII and in the present day. Cambron is a master at interweaving the two time periods and intertwining their stories. This was a sad novel, as most WWII era novels are, but it was also laced with hope and some happiness for Kaja. It always breaks my heart when I think about how the Jewish people (and many others) suffered during WWII, but it is particularly sad to think about the kids that were in these concentration camps. I was in tears several times, but notably so once towards the very end. I will continue to seek out each new novel Cambron puts out in the future. She absolutely has my attention from page one of each of her books and is well versed in World War II history. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

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