A Sparrow in Terezin

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A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Kristy’s website.

Reviews

  • This is the second book that I have read by Kristy Cambron and I really liked it. This story is a story of a horrible time in history. But, it is the story of faith, love and family, too. How much faith can anyone possess? Will Sera and Kaja have enough for their families as well as themselves? They must both be strong in order to survive. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

  • I really enjoyed this book. I also read the first book in the series, The Butterfly & the Violin. The author can flow really well between generations. All of her writing is strong and brilliant! I enjoyed her books in this series!

  • This second novel in the Hidden Masterpiece series continues the story of Sera and William and ties in the story of Kaja in WWII in Europe. I enjoyed this novel, particularly Kaja’s story. Read “The Butterfly and the Violin” before (or after!) this novel in order to get full character development and story line. Kristy’s writing flows easily and the pacing of her books is stellar. Christian elements are layered throughout and her novels end of a note of hope, leaving me satisfied as a reader. (Review copy gifted through Net Galley).

  • A SPARROW IN TEREZIN shows hearts being torn in half because of the truth of the Terezin concentration camp of WWII. 150,000 prisoners went through Terezin, 90,000 were sent to extermination camps. Less than 100 children survived from the 15,000. No sanitation, food or clean water, am arts community survived mostly among the children. The author gave the reader a book that so needed a voice. It is gut wrenching. Even so, it is a book that needs to be read and possibly re-read. We need to be enlightened of times gone by instead of forgetting w hat devastating things people, especially children went through. I would recommend this book to everyone. It will make you think and think hard.

  • Stepping onto the pages of a historical novel can be a journey of the heart, mind, and spirit. Our heart is moved by the people and events as the author fleshes out the story. Our mind is engaged with a particular piece of history that draws us toward study and research. And our spirit is moved at the way God moves in the affairs of man.

    Kristy Cambron captured my mind and readership with her first book, The Butterfly and the Violin. Now she has flawlessly continued the story here in The Sparrow of Terezin.

  • I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this title ever since I turned the last pages of The Butterfly and the Violin – which made my personal “Best of 2014” list. All the waiting paid off when I finally held this book in my hands. Like a delectable treat, I slowly savored the beauty of this story.

    [Present Day] Sera and William Hanover’s “happily ever after” is inevitably linked to the past. This becomes painfully apparent when William is arrested on the night of their wedding. In an effort to clear William’s name and to move forward together, Sera attempts to unravel an intricate web of Hanover family secrets. For me, It was easy to admire Sera’s stand-by-your-man attitude and the lengths she was willing to go in order to clear his name…

  • Once again I enjoyed reading about a new part of WW2 history that I was unfamiliar with. I also liked how Cambron wove in real life events that happened during the war, and she showed that not all of the Germans were bad or believed in what the Nazis were doing. She also did a good job of continuing some of the story line from her first novel into this one. However, I felt the character’s relationships felt forced with no real spark between them, and the ending was rather abrupt.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It met and exceeded all of my expectations. She is an incredible writer and has spun a story that is unique and touching. That will make you cry, laugh and want more. A DEFINITE must read book!

  • Some books I read leave me in awe of the writing process as much as the story. Kristy Cambron’s novels are part of that category. Weaving storylines of suffering from World War II and present-day, Cambron writes of hope, beauty and love in the midst of tragedy and unexpected heartache.

    I love these kinds of stories that blend past and present, and connect lives and stories from each era. A Sparrow in Terezin preserves the stories of children who created art at a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The more stories I read from the World War II era, the more I realize I don’t know about that era. I’d not heard of this piece of history, but I was moved by the hope and passion of the characters to fight for beauty and love in circumstances that looked hopeless.

  •  I started looking forward to this book as soon as I finished The Butterfly and the Violin! Unfortunately, I had to wait a year to have the pleasure.;) But, it was well worth the wait! Kristy Cambron brings us another beautiful story set both during WWII and in the present. Sera James has just married her sweetheart when their world comes crashing down and she is asked to trust him, while legal charges mount. In the past, as Prague falls to the Nazi’s, Kaja’s family risks everything to get her and her sister out. When Kaja learns that her whole family will not be fleeing with her, she promises herself that she will come back for them. 
    This is such a beautiful story! I couldn’t put it down, since I just had to find out what was going to happen to Sera, William, and Kaja. I like how old characters are brought back, some of their stories are told more fully in this book, while new characters are introduced. I highly recommend this series!

  • This is a good continuation of the series. Make sure you’ve read the first book or you’ll be confused. I liked the historical part of the novel the best. It was very interesting reading about the children in Terezin. That it is based on actual history makes it all the better. I found the contemporary story a little less interesting. This is a good book for those who like WW II novels.

  • By The Book says:

    Kristy Cambron has created another great read in her sophmore offering, A Sparrow in Terezin. This historical/contemporary novel spans time and connects people with the story and art of the Holocaust. Kristy is meticulous in her research and creates lasting images with her words. If you read book 1 in her Hidden Masterpiece series, The Butterfly And The Violin, then you will not want to miss this book. Haven’t read book 1? Then make sure to get both and look forward to some wonderful reading.

  • I really am a fan of Kristy Cambron and this book didn’t disappoint. While I did enjoy the first book more so this one was still great in it’s own way. I enjoyed the historical storyline more but the story from the first continues so I recommend reading the books in order. Going back to life during the war is always thought provoking for me because I simply can’t imagine. Seeing the things they saw I really liked how the author included the questions that went through Kaja’s mind when in Terezin. I think the faith aspect and sticking close to God is a main theme and I thought it was really well written. While this book is historical it kept my interest which I think can be a challenge for authors. I liked how the book ended on both sides and I look forward to what Kristy writes next!

  • Overall, this is a deep read, that explores the horrors of the war, the hardships faced, and the faith that sees them through. This was a difficult books to read at times, because I knew that things would have to get so much worse before they got better. Perfect for lovers of rich history.

  • The way Kristy brings her characters together is something to behold. Just like in life, all the steps and stops add up, and leave you facing your enemy, facing your friend, facing yourself. And when various characters meet, they must decide whether to help or harm, give or ignore, recognize fellow humanity or close their eyes.

    Both books in the series belong together, read in order, because they forma panoramic view of several life stories. They are an excellent example of redemptive storytelling- these books are accessible, respectful tributes to the survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

  • I normally do not read books from this era but I really enjoy reading Kristy’s books. They are fascinating and tell a great story. I like the history and romance in this book. Her character development is done well as well as the descriptions of the scenes. You can tell that she did her history research to write this book. I like how the book starts out in modern day then goes back in time. You will find yourself connected to the characters from the first page right up until the very end. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Is this a novel worth reading? Absolutely! For me, however, it wasn’t as good as this author’s first novel in the series, The Butterfly and the Violin. I thought a little too much time was spent laying out the story at the outset. The author uses the same technique as book one where one or two chapters are set in the WWII timeframe and then a chapter set in the present day. There are some wonderful moments in the story, which will grab your heart. The WWII era characters were my favorite as they are so well-developed and made me really care what happened to them. The journey to and into a Nazi camp is harrowing, and the suffering endured just to live day-to-day is something I can only imagine. The ability of the main characters, both in the past and the present, to maintain their faith while undergoing trials is tremendous. These two books are ones that readers won’t forget, and I hope they will keep in their own personal libraries for a long time.

  • I am not super big on connecting a storyline together and this one has a lot of different things going on which make it a bit hard to connect with. Read straight through with no interruptions this is an ok paced read. I would say adults would connect more with it as teens or children might need a bit of a history lesson or back story first and of course anyone under 17 should not even care about things like this yet as far as the drama and it is again just my opinion.

  • This novel is gut-wrenching, heart-breaking interlaced with dual plots. The settings are set in present day and during World War II.

    This story depicts the horrors of the holocaust, the London blitz, the atrocities of war, the deaths that many suffered at the hands of the Nazi’s, grave detail. I cannot imagine what they must have suffered and endured.

    At the end of this novel, I was literally moved to tears. I sat there, and pondered at what I just read. My heart stays heavy thinking about the loss of life, which was viciously stolen by evil that should have never been allowed to prosper.

  • Best Reads says:

    I loved the beautiful imagery in the sparrow analogy. It brought me to tears at one point. And that’s what is so masterful about Cambron’s storytelling — she knows how to mold her characters into living, breathing entities that a reader can’t help but care deeply about. And in the process of discovering them, a reader is blessed to discover more about herself.

  • Reconnect with Sera and William, as their story runs parallel with Kaja from Prague.
    Experience hope in even the darkest of times.
    Keep the memory of a lost generation alive.

  • So, let’s face it: Cambron rocked it again. Five stars and you really should read it 🙂

  • Overall, however, this is a good novel. It describes London during the Blitz and gives us a look of the lives of those who lived through it. Above all, however, it provides the reader with detail about the hardships endured in the camp and what the Nazis did to hide its true condition during a 1944 Red Cross visit. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of Theresienstadt. The horror experienced by the prisoners there (and at other camps) must never be forgotten.

  • While I found Sera and William’s contemporary story to carry weight and heart, of the dual plots, it was Kája’s story that I yearned for. Her quiet resilience and heroism during Blitzkrieg in London to her return to Prague and eventual imprisonment at Terezin concentration camp gave me a sense of urgency to continue reading. With haunting descriptions and poetic imagery, Cambron takes readers back to a ghetto shrouded in misery where thousands of souls passed from this earth and fewer than 100 children survived its horrors or deportation. A Sparrow in Terezin will break your heart and then painstakingly put it back together with the hope beauty that rises from the ashes of broken dreams.

  • Unforgettable. It is the only word I can use that completely captures the essence of what you will experience after reading Kristy Cambrom’s latest novel, A Sparrow in Terezin. It will leave you on the edge of your seat as the story reaches it turmoil that will forever change the lives of everyone involved. I don’t want to give too much away but to say that if you are a fan of historical WWII fiction, then you will HAVE to pick this one up.

  • If you have been following my blog since last year, you will have read my review of The Butterfly and the Violin, book one to the Hidden Masterpiece series and you would probably know quite well how much I LOVED that book! As soon as I knew that Kristy was writing book two; I knew without a doubt that I was going to be getting it, to the point that I never even read what the book was about until I held it in my hands! A Sparrow in Terezin is another great novel that I could tell was well researched and well loved. I was happy to see that the present day characters, Sera and William, were much more realistic and much better developed in this book than they had been in the first.

  • I was excited to get my hands on this book. Several months ago I had the pleasure of reading The Butterfly and the Violin the first book in Kristy’s (A Hidden Masterpiece Series) and thoroughly enjoyed it, therefore, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read its sequel.
    I certainly wasn’t disappointed, a real page turner. Kristy has a way of transporting her reader from one time period to another…without missing a beat. Two great stories packed into one book.
    This is the story of two young women (one present-day and one living during WWll) who’s lives become entangled decades apart…a mystery unravels to show how their lives intercept. I didn’t want to stop reading!
    I especially enjoyed reading about the events that unfolded during WWll–both in London and in Terezin. Five Stars!

  • “A Sparrow in Terezin” by Kristy Cambron is the second book of the Hidden Masterpiece Novels. Even though some of the characters in this book have made their first appearance in “The Butterfly and the Violin”, and the book can be read without reading the first one in the series; it would be much better to read them in sequence. I loved this novel. It is a story of survival, perseverance, faith and determination. Reading about camps such as Terezin and others bring me to tears. What a tribute to those who endured and a testimonial to those who didn’t survive. My review seems inadequate in the face of the power of this novel. The story has stayed with me and even haunts me. I received a free print copy of this book from Litfuse in return for my honest review.

  • A Sparrow in Terezin is a beautiful story of hope and forgiveness! Kristy Cambron once again shares her incredible storytelling ability in this poignant tale that will leave an indelible mark in your mind and on your heart!

  • Kristy Cambron is an author whose writing not only entertains, but makes me feel. After reading The Butterfly & the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin, I’ve come to associate these qualities with Kristy’s writing: humanity in the midst of the most horrific inhumanity…historical and character authenticity…haunting imagery…agape love…raw and honest emotion…heartfelt romance…God working through seemingly hopeless situations. I love how she focuses on some aspects of WWII that aren’t all that familiar and shows how the arts were used to inspire hope in the darkest of places. The story of Kája & Liam is one of my favorites. Highly recommended!

  • Both of these women – Kaja and Sera – are determined to give everything they have for those they love. While it’s a prison sentence threatening Sera’s man, we get to see Kaja’s spirit truly rise to the occasion when she is confined within the walls of Terezin. Tasked with teaching school for the children too young to work, Kaja must look beyond the bleakness and horror to instill hope in a place where hope seems impossible. Kaja knows that God sees each sparrow who falls, and surely He sees each soul who falls in this dark ghetto.

  • If you’re a lover of really good books, then Kristy Cambron is an author that you should check out. In her second book of the Hidden Masterpiece series, Kristy kept me up far too late into the night with a book that I just couldn’t put down.

  • Book by Book says:

    And Kristy Cambron does it again: her newest novel, A Sparrow in Terezin tells another heart-wrenchingly beautiful, moving, hard-to-put-down story. It will not disappoint fans of historical fiction.

  • If you have not read book #1 “The Butterfly and the Violin”, or it has been a while since you read it, I suggest you do to better help you understand this book.

    I enjoy how the author goes back & forth in time. We can always learn from the past how to best handle the future.

    The present day story was sometimes unclear, which is why I want to read both books together to see if this clears up some of the confusion.

  • This was another wonderful well-written story with an interesting modern-day plot and a fascinating historical one. It was interesting to learn about the art Jewish children created in the Terezin Concentration Camp and heartbreaking to learn in the author’s note that 15,000 children are believed to have passed through Terezin, but less than 100 eventually survived the Holocaust. There were some happy moments and some romance, which were nice to balance the hard things. I would highly recommend this book!

  • After reading Kristy Cambron’s “The Butterfly and the Violin”, I was convinced that it was not possible that the second book of her Hidden Masterpiece series could compete. I was wrong! “A Sparrow in Terezin” is just as strong and beautifully written with multiple scenes to touch the reader’s heart and soul.

  • Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between says:

    One of the aspects of this book that I particularly liked was how quickly you get hooked into both women’s stories. As each story unfolded I found myself amazed by the strength and resolve both of these women exhibited in the face of trials. In situations where so many would give up or not try as hard these women seemed to push even harder to succeed where others believed they would fail.

  • This book was just as gripping, moving and interesting as her first book in the series. She really is able to tie in the two stories: modern day and Holocaust era without confusing or slowing down the story!

    This is such a sad but interesting time in our world’s history and Kristy Cambron does an amazing job of telling of the times and writing a great story at the same time! TWO THUMBS UP for this second book in the series! Highly recommend you read them both!

  • A Sparrow in Terezin is a truly beautiful novel. I thought The Butterfly and the Violin was good, but A Sparrow in Terezin is even better. If you enjoy historical fiction or learning about World War II, then this is a series you won’t want to miss!

  • I loved Kristy Cambron’s first book, “The Butterfly and the Violin” so much that I was afraid I might be disappointed with her sophomore book “A Sparrow in Terezin”. I was happily surprised that it was just as good as her first book.

    Ms. Cambron created another masterpiece shifting the reader between present day and war torn Europe during the 1940’s. At times it is heart wrenching and I must admit I shed a few tears but it was well worth the emotional journey.

    I would highly recommend “A Sparrow in Terezin” to anyone who enjoys a good read but especially those who love WWII fiction.

  • . I think Ms. Cambron has done an outstanding job, not only with this book, but with the entire series so far. Ms. Cambron gets us involved with the lives of these two young women and in the situations that they find themselves in. We root for them, we cry for the, we want them to succeed. Ms. Cambron’s characters come alive off these pages. I was really sorry when the story finished because I had to let them go.

  • I read A Sparrow in Terezin today, and I couldn’t put it down. The second book in the Hidden Masterpiece series, I loved reading about how these two families, generates apart, were connected by the same faith – and by the same desire for a future full of hope. My life has never contained the kind of large-scale desperation that either Kaja or Sera faced, but no matter the measure, we all need hope.

    Kaja’s story was fascinating. She was strong but often out of her element, and this characteristic showcased just how terrifying the events of World War II must have been to those who saw them firsthand. Kaja was afraid on so many levels – to trust personally, of the bombings and brutal war danger, and for those whom she loved – but she faced each fear in turn. She makes a fantastic heroin

  • Kristy takes us right into the midst of WWII,the blitz in London, the horror of the concentration camps, and then to modern day London, and San Francisco. Kristy doesn’t miss a beat, and the imagery is both heartbreaking and beautiful.
    Highly recommended!

  • Moments says:

    Kristy does an amazing job with bringing historical details to life and connecting two women across decades. The fear and other emotions are so real and I found myself completely lost in the characters’ lives and completely immersed in their worlds. I have loved both of Kristy’s books and am looking forward to reading more!

  • Kaja’s story, however, was more heart-wrenching and even then I’m not sure if those are the right words. Kristy opened an entirely new world to me that I didn’t even realize existed concerning the Holocaust. Despite that there was such heartache, Kaja still had hope in the ghetto that could not be extinguished. It definitely is encouraging in my own life to know that God is always with me in every situation, whether good or bad. It also makes me thankful that Kristy penned A Sparrow in Terezin because she has indeed reminded me to never forget this horrible time in history. No matter how bad things might get in life, God gives us the courage to face another day through Him as demonstrated through these characters lives.

  • Kristy Cambron has focused yet again on an aspect of World War II that I didn’t know anything about before reading A Sparrow in Terezin: what happened with the children in the concentration camps. This is not an easy read, but it is spellbinding. It can be heart-rending, yet is full of hope and faith in God. It will give you new courage, and strength in God for the trials you may face.

  • This is a page-turner, and one that will linger with you for a long time after the last page is turned. It is a timely reminder of what happens when Satan takes over, and the havoc he pushes forth on a world that has turned it back on God.
    Come and find the connection between Kája and Sera, and of course Sophie, you will be surprised and heart warmed.

  • This book is just as awesome as the previous book in the series, it’s one of those I could hardly stand waiting for the pub date. How would I describe it? Wow, it’s heart wrenching but oh, so good. A one of a kind plot with unexpectedness throughout. I wanted to hurry and reach the end to see what happens but also wanted to savor each page.

  • This is the second book by Kristy Cambron that I have read and the second in this series by her. This book is as good as the first one and I loved it! I am a huge buff of history and was thrilled to see again the wonderful details that Kristy included in the story. The whole time I was reading it, I felt like I was really there and experiencing everything with the people in the book. Her description of events and the time period are wonderful! I love how she takes events that happened during WWII and brings them forward to how they have affected the lives of those today. It’s a wonderful way to see how the lives of those who have gone before us really do affect us in unique ways. The characters Kaja and Sera seem so very real throughout and you can hardly put the book down! I can highly recommend this book to you and hope there will be more in the Hidden masterpiece series!

  • In Kristy’s follow up novel to The Butterfly and the Violin, we are once again taken back into the horrific time of WWII. As the story jumps from present day to the 1940’s, she beautifully intertwines the past and present. While, in the present, William fights for his name to be cleared. As we are taken back, Sophie’s back story is also partially revealed.

    I have never seen a book that goes back and forth like this. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think, or if I would like it. I also have a terrifying phobia of reading anything to do with WWII as my compassionate heart can’t handle it. That being said, the book grabbed my attention right away and I felt engrossed and engaged the entire way through. Kristy had a wonderful balance of sharing the details of this tragic era…

  • Kristy Cambron is a master at taking two story lines, one past and one present, and weaving them together in a way that is seamless and appears effortless. She makes you care about all the characters: William and Sera in the present day as they struggle with legal issues feel like people you might know. While Liam and Kaja’s story surrounding the London Blitz and Terezin Camp pulls you in as well. You feel the heartache, struggle, call to purpose, love and trust in God’s time (a theme throughout).

    I think that reading that one first makes a difference for understanding Sera and William’s story as well as the relationships between different characters and plot threads. Kristy Cambron’s writing is personal, it pulls you in and dares you to not be drawn in.

  • What a wonderful piece of historical fiction! A book that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go. Never a dull moment, there is always something happening in the story. I felt as thoug

  • Personally, I could not get into the story of Sera and William. I felt that it was confusing and not explained by the author very well. I was not interested in the characters or their story and I never felt emotionally attached to their story. On the other hand, I felt that the story of Kaja was exciting and suspenseful. It easily kept my attention and I definitely felt an emotional connection between myself and the characters in that part of the story. Although, to be honest, I still could not fully explain the connection between the two stories.

    The book includes a reading guide which would be perfect for use with a book club or small group.

    Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Last year I discovered the beautiful gem that was Kristy Cambron’s debut release The Butterfly and the Violin and I fell in love. So I absolutely couldn’t wait to read her sophomore novel and thankfully I loved it just as much as the first one! This author has a brilliantly beautiful way of weaving past and present while keeping you fully engaged in both stories. I loved reading about the next part of William and Sera’s story and watching them work through the problems life gave them as they cemented their relationship. But my favorite part was of course the WWII story. I loved Kája and admired her bravery as she risked her own life to save the lives of those she loved, the same could be said of Liam though we didn’t get as much of his story.

  • I have been eagerly anticipating this book ever since I read Kristy Cambron’s amazing debut, The Butterfly and the Violin, last year, and I was not disappointed. In a style reminiscent of best-selling author Susan Meissner, Cambron skillfully weaves together a contemporary story with a haunting and compelling tale from the days of WWII. While the stories seem may initially seem disconnected at first, as the novel progresses their paths are brought closer and closer together. Pulsating with realism and emotion, this tale held me spellbound as I followed Kája and Sara’s journeys.

  • I love how this books goes between two different time periods and really gives you the best of both worlds so to speak. I love this authors writing and how she weaves both time periods together so seamlessly. If you love WWII than I would for sure recommend both books to you!

  • Art and letters are the connections in this story from past to present. Though the book can be read alone, it does build on the sequel.

    Insider information about the war is shared from a journalist’s viewpoint before the time of internet and television speed news. The changes are shocking as the characters live through them. The modern tale doesn’t parallel the past, yet the characters are linked.

  • In the Sparrow of Terezin, Kristy Cambron has crafted a beautiful story of parallel journeys: a completely free-standing story set during World War II, and the other a continuation of the contemporary story in The Butterfly & the Violin. The pages move seamlessly from one story to the next, yet leaving me with a longing for more in each story. This makes the pages fly and makes it difficult to walk away from the story when real life intervenes.

  • Wow. First, I’ll start with this. This is my first Kristy Cambron novel. Mistake on two levels. One, this novel was genuinely good! Such a perfect depiction of WWll and the characters were REAL. They had dreams, plans, fears, faith, hope…Kristy opened me up to the realities of war. It’s nothing pretty…wars rarely are, but it is honest and true and a part of our history. Kaja’s stories were filled with stories. Some horrors sure. But Kristy showed us how they overcame. Somehow, Kristy she it from something you would learn in a history class to a special reader to character relationship that allowed us to see the impact.

    That being said, don’t read this book. WHAT?!?! NO! That is not exactly what it seems so keep reading. While Kristy is new she does have another book out…The Butterfly and the Violin. You’ve probably heard of it. I know I have. And while I haven’t had the privilege of reading it, I know I should have. Because this book is part of a series. Not a “can read as a stand-alone novel” series but one of those that leaves you hanging and weaves into the next book. Therefore, as someone who picked up in the middle of the series, I seriously suggest reading the first book…well, first.

    One thing that made this story so unique was the blend of modern day time with World War 2. A special story by a brand new author of whom I can’t wait to read more of!

  • Cambron’s characters are well rounded, likeable, and immediately put into situations that evoked my sympathy right from the start. The book jumps from early World War II Poland to contemporary California, but the similarities of the battles Sera and Kaja face in fighting for their families bind them together. The theme of faith and hope and love is strong in both story lines, and I love the way the story jumps from the present time to the historical and back again. Cambron shows excellent facility in handling this type of novel and brings off a great and satisfying story.

  • I tended to be more passionate about Kaja’s story because it seemed more dire; however, Sera’s predicament was compelling as well. Relationships are the cornerstone of this book, and it is with deft skill that Cambron gently carries one life after another through the relationships that develop. A Sparrow makes it seem that we’re all linked in some way, past and present, present and future. Cambron demonstrates this by using familiar characters, yet highlighting a background person from the previous book. Can we expect to see someone we know in a future title?

  • I like that this story is set in the past and the present, as it was with The Butterfly and the Violin. I absolutely loved Cambron’s first book and this one is right up there with that one. I love the character development; we feel like we know these people. Some I related to better than others but even so, I could feel their fears, frustrations, joys, and excitements. WWII era is one of my husband’s favorite to learn about so I “know” some about the time and events. Cambron did very well with the historical aspects.

    I really like the books Cambron writes and would definitely read more of them. I am watching and waiting for her next book. This one for me wasn’t quite as gripping as The Butterfly and the Violin. Still it’s a really good book that I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with.

  • Once again, she weaves together a present-day story with past events that include some of the horrors of World War II internment camps. Following the two stories, separated by continents and by decades, come together carefully and at just the right pace is an emotionally gripping reading experience.

    Kristy writes with such feeling and vivid detail that you can easily put yourself into the lives of her characters. And the thread of hope that runs throughout adds an additional sense of beauty to this captivating story.

  • Pray Species says:

    As a reader who greatly enjoyed Kristy Cambron’s first book in this series, “The Butterfly and the Violin,” I was delighted when I was offered the second book in the series for review. In this novel, Sera and William return and their relationship matures with new and exciting struggles. A new historical romance also fills the pages with the same heart pulling angst and romance as the first novel. This author truly is gifted at developing stories that are well developed with characters that easily relatable and lovable.

    “A Sparrow in Terezin” is a great read and hard to put down. I did find myself glad to have read “The Butterfly and the Violin” first, since I was already attached to some of the main characters, but I certainly don’t think you needed to have read the books in order.

  • A Rup Life says:

    I want to start off by saying you really should start off with the first book in the series. (The Butterfly and the Violin). Cambron didn’t waste the reader’s time with a lot of back story but it would leave you a little lost in the story without that information. I loved that she did it that way because I always skip over the repeat stuff in series.

    Sera and William are onto another mystery of sorts involving the present and the past .They have to work though the reconciling the two to see if they can make their life together work. This novel has two settings past and present. In the past, 1942 we meet Kaja. She is a strong women and her story in Nazi times is truly fascinating. Her story made me think of my relatives I never met who lived in Austria and what trials and tribulations they must have faced. By reading both of Cambron’s stories I feel like I have a sense of that time.

  • I remember seeing the first book in this series by Kristy Cameron, called The Butterfly and the Violin. I had really wanted to read that book, but didn’t get a chance to do it before this book came out. After reading this one, though, I am definitely purchasing book 1 in this series.

    This book was more than I expected it to be. I hadn’t read anything by Kristy Cambron before and am always a little curious about authors I haven’t heard of. Some are pleasant surprises and get added to my favorites list. That’s what happened to Kristy Cambron. I have no intention of missing a book written by her from now on!

    Set against the backdrop of WWII, the reader is taken into the lives of two people that seem to have nothing that would connect them together.

  • A strong story of hope and encouragement in the face of despair. I really enjoy reading two time period novels. The stories are richly woven together. The happenings before us do affect today. Courageous actions on the part of those willing to take a risk to love will be an encouragement to those who follow. Kristy Cambron has written of an inner strength.

  • I have to be honest and start off by saying, that I haven’t finished reading A Sparrow in Terezin yet. I got a late start on the book, but I have already have read quiet a bit, and my goodness, even though I haven’t finished it yet, it doesn’t matter. My opinion on this story is set.

    When I read Kristy Cambron’s debut book last year, The Butterfly and the Violin, I fell in love with her story! The story hooked me from page one and I was sad when it ended. I didn’t want to leave these characters. Several months ago, when I heard about A Sparrow in Terezin, you can imagine how excited I was!

  • This author here is one that has quickly gone to my keeper shelf. She writes books with feeling and not just stories that make you all glad and happy. They are emotionally charged novels and I am the proud owner of both her books.

    If you have not read the first story in the Hidden Masterpieces series, The Butterfly and the Violin, you will want to be sure and read it first. Otherwise you will probably be lost when you open this one.

  • A Sparrow In Terezin is a moving historical novel about the relationships between people, past and present, and how we deeply impact one another’s lives.

    Specifically, this story tells the tale of two women whose lives you wouldn’t expect to intersect with one another – but they do.

    The story takes us back to World War II and memorializes in haunting detail the artwork of the children who resided in the Terezin concentration camp.

    A Sparrow In Terezin is an unforgettable story that will remain with you long after you finish the book.

    Note: This is the second book in the Hidden Masterpiece Novel series. I highly recommend that you read Book 1, The Butterfly And The Violin, first!

  • Every once in a while, you come across a book or a series that just totally grabs you…it’s one of those books that you know when you’re finished reading, you’ll put it on a shelf but actually *will* read it again (because, be honest, the majority of books are one-read-only, at least for me). I figure there are so so many books out there to be read, to get a second read through, the book must be exceptional. And that’s what the 2 books I have read from Kristy Cambron are – exceptional. Her newest book, A Sparrow in Terezin, was just as moving and enthralling as her first book in the series, The Butterfly and the Violin. Whenever you have a series of something, you run the risk of being let down. When the first one is amazing, the rest sometimes can’t compare, but I am super excited to rea

  • This is the 2nd book in the series, while the story set in 1942 is very different from the first book, the present day story would be best understood if you have read the first book in the series. In many ways I enjoyed this book more than the first one, it was a well written, interesting read. Very fast pace and easy to read, I know it took me no time at all to get through it! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction.I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • I thought the author wrote with wonderful style and skill. It is rare to find a Christian fiction book written in such a classic manner. I believe that is the crowning glory of this book. The characters (particularly the world war two side in this book) are interesting and realistic. I did find that the plot twist, the storyline of this book wasn’t worth the time I gave to reading the book. However on the other hand any time spent reading this book wasn’t necessarily a waste since it was so well-written. But I did feel disappointment during the concluding chapters of the book. I was left with the feeling that everything wrapped up too easily and quickly.

  • Sara Ella says:

    Kristy Cambron doesn’t disappoint in her second installment in the Hidden Masterpiece series. I so did not see the twist in the first chapter coming. Way to get me hooked from the beginning, Kristy Cambron! There I am, sitting on the beach in California, and then BAM! I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. Let’s just say Kristy Cambron has kicked things up a notch. Just as in The Butterfly and the Violin, we have perfect pacing, masterful descriptions, deep point of view…Kristy brings well-honed craft to the table. She’s someone to admire and learn from for anyone who desires to get into the publishing biz.

  • I could NOT put this book down, just as it was with Kristy Cambron’s first book The Butterfly and The Violin. I was hooked from the first page until the last. Kristy Cambron writes with authority about art, World War II, The World during World War II and now. I learned so much about our world’s history again in Kristy’s books. A Sparrow in Terezin is a fantastic book that really grabs a hold of you and keeps you guessing until the end. Kristy Cambron writes with a perfect balance of past and present to make one cohesive book and that tells two stories and intertwines them seamlessly. This book left me breathless. So much to learn and digest. Another story that has had a lasting impression on me. Kristy Cambron is one of my top 10 authors to read and I look forward to reading much more from this fantastic author. I HIGHLY recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I recommend that you start with The Butterfly and the Violin though, to get the full understanding of the story. I give this book 5 STARS!!

  • Last year I read The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron which left an impression on me. I was eager to read the second book in the Hidden Masterpiece series, which I also enjoyed very much. This book can be read as a stand-alone. As in the first book, there is a dual timeline. In present day, we are once again introduced to Sera and William who are getting married, and Sera is moving her art gallery from New York to California.

    I loved the historical part of this book more than the contemporary one. It took place in London during the Blitz and then in a concentration camp in Terezin. Cambron’s writing thrives as she places her characters in heart-rending situations. There is danger, passion, and heartbreak. We are easily immersed in that time period. Cambron once again brings a lesser-known part of history to life: the children’s art of Terezin.

  • “A Sparrow in Terezin” is book two, in the `Hidden Masterpiece` series. It opens in present day California with a wedding – on the beach. This volume continues following the lives of two women as protagonists from different eras. Sera James lives in present day California, while Kaja Makovsky was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Prague (1939).
    Author Kristy Cambron created a great work with this series.

  • A Sparrow in Terezin is the second book in the A Hidden Masterpiece collection. This was the first book I have read by Cambron and I was able to follow the storyline easily. Cambron is skilled at interweaving two stories across decades without losing the reader but drawing them into a wonderful and moving story.

    The research Cambron has invested is apparent in this novel. She entwines the history into the story where it unfolds through the characters. What makes A Sparrow in Terezin so exceptional is how Cambron shows the reader the history which draws you in instead of telling you which typically makes a story dry to the reader. A Sparrow in Terezin takes you back in time to a piece of history that we should never forget. The sweet story spiced with a bit of mystery makes the reader want to keep reading to the end.

    The characters in A Sparrow in Terezin are well developed and authentic. The American characters are believable and when we cross the ocean to England, Cambron adds characteristics that makes these characters believable as well. The reader feels the emotions of these characters: Their success, their heartbreak, their love. Add in the imagery Cambron uses and it makes this one of the best historical novels I have read in a long time.

    This book deserves every star in a five star rating. If you read historical fiction, than A Sparrow in Terezin is a must read book!

  • I’ve been waiting to read this book since I read the first book in this series from Kristy Cambron. I love the two parallel stories, or two women in entirely different time eras. But yet so much alike. Present time Sera James faces a lonely life with her husband spending time in prison for something he didn’t do. When Kája Makovsky returns to her home city to rescue her family, she faces loosing the man she wants a life with. As the story unfolds for both of these ladies, I was so glued to this book, I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Cambron does such an amazing job of switching back and forth between the past and present lives of the two ladies, I found the story very easy to read and comprehend.

  • Somehow Cambron is able to bring a sense of newness to World War II fiction. The way she focuses on the concentration camps and those who lived there during the war provides a unique element that is extremely powerful. And it allows her to provide a story set in World War II, a favorite time period for many historical fans, while still delivering a fresh story.

  • I learned about The Blitz which is something that I don’t recall ever hearing about, which is surprising to me since I do a lot of reading. If you enjoy reading Historical Fiction I would highly recommend reading both books. I plan on reading the first one to help me better understand all the characters. To me a great book is one that makes me think and to want to learn more about the subject matter. I am off to learn more about the Blitz.

  • A Sparrow in Terezin is the second bok in the “Hidden Masterpiece” series, “The Butterfly & The Violin” is the first. You really need to read both books in order. Both are written in two separate timelines, with the contemporary style in both.

  • I have sometimes said I don’t judge a book by its cover, and while this is true, a cover will compel me to pick up a book and have me read the blurb on the back. If you will remember, I reviewed the first book in Kristy Cambron’s Hidden Masterpiece series THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN. This story of courage, faith and love is difficult to read, and I am sure that the people living in difficult situations then and now have a hard time seeing how God will read down and bring beauty out of ashes. The characters in this novel are so realistic, so very human, the reader may wonder why they have not read about these individuals in the history books. I felt downtrodden as they made do with so very little and rose to rejoice with them for every moment the sun shone. My heart wants to break when I read about how they survived and I wonder if there is anything I as an individual can do to prevent this from happening in the future. I have resolved, because of reading this book to reach out my hand in love to those around me.

    Thank you to Chris and Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group and TNZFICTION for the opportunity to review this novel. I was given the book free for the purpose of writing an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.

  • Get a little bit of history with the book A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron. It is the sequel to The Butterfly and the Violin and will take you back several hundred years. After you hear about the past and survival between 2 women during the war, you will then go to the present and live through Kája Makovsky life as it is now.

  • This book started off slow for me. If you started this book and felt the same, please stick with it! My goodness, the tears just flowed through the latter half of this book. I know that these are fictional characters but they’re written about real places and surround little known events involving the holocaust. I guess I had never given the victims an identity and this book just hit me hard. This book is so beautifully written and heartbreaking. My life will never be the same after reading this book. I could imagine, on some small-scale the heartbreak, the grief and the sorrow that a person would have faced as they watched those around them suffer and even die. This book is powerful and gripping. I strongly recommend this book.

  • While my grandmother shared some stories from the war, she didn’t share the hard parts. She didn’t share the death and destruction, just the things that I already knew. Such as rationing and how she met grandpa. I love those stories, but I also love learning how it really went.

    In this story you find out not just about what was happening in London, but what was happening in the concentration camps. The concentration camps were vile, we all know this. But this goes further and tells more specifics. I have to say the modern day part of the story was not read with as much excitement and interest as the parts that took place during the war.

  • After I finished reading the first book of this series, I recommended it to everyone I knew. It was the best book I’d read in a really long time. Until now! Book two, A Sparrow in Terezin, is equally as good. It is a tad bit slow in the beginning, but I highly recommend pushing through. You won’t regret it. As a matter of fact, you won’t be able to put it down.

    I love the way the author switches between the past and the present intertwining the two stories. It’s so great to see how the connect in the end. This book is very well written. The characters are very lifelike. They will draw you in, and you will want to keep reading to the very last page.

  • The book itself was stunning, and drew me in from the very first pages. Sera and William are back in this book, and it was a delight to see their relationship develop even more so in this book. As heartbreaking as the true history is behind this novel, author Kristy Cambron brought it to life in a very raw, honest and absolutely beautiful manner, complete with a reverence that it so deserves. May we never forget the events of the concentration camps and the lives changed in them. The author is an absolutely fantastic story teller, and more then once she had me in tears as I read A Sparrow in Terezin.

    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

  • Oh, to be able to fly away like a sparrow and escape all life’s hardships. Once life seemed almost charmed, but now Sera’s life is falling apart. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s very tempted to go against her new husband’s wishes.

    I truly enjoyed this story. I especially enjoy reads with a setting during WWII. I learn something new with each book. Thank you, Ms Cambron. I’m looking forward to reading many more books by you.

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