Review: The Butterfly and the Violin

“This child, is our worship. To live and survive and play to God from the depths of our souls. This is the call that binds us. When we worship in the good times, it brings God joy. But worship in the midst of agony? That is authentic adoration of our Creator. An orchestra will worship together, as one body. As one song. A family must do no less.” Chapter 24, page 235



The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
A Hidden Masterpiece Novel, Book 1
Thomas Nelson, 2014

Happy Release Day! Today, July 8th, is The Butterfly and the Violin’s official release date. Go get yourself a copy! Congratulations, Kristy!

My Thoughts:

When I started reading this book, I was unprepared for the depth of emotion I was about to experience. It is a poignant story of pain, beauty, and faith. One that intricately weaves the lives of two women in two different time periods who are forever connected by one painting.

Kristy Cambron’s stunning debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, explores the power of art and beauty. How, even in the midst of darkness, the light of beauty can not be hidden or ignored.

In present day, Sera James is the owner of an art gallery in Manhattan. Chasing the alluring painting of Adele has consumed her life for two years. Will the answers she’s seeking about this elusive painting heal her scars and break down the walls she has built around her heart?

This novel beautifully juxtaposed the horrors of the Holocaust with the art that brought hope to the prisoners who created it. The faith element of this story was delicately woven in and is touching to experience. I don’t often get emotional when reading novels, but this one was special in that way. It spoke to me and has made its way deep into my heart.

Adele and Vladimir had so many precious moments and beautiful little nuances in their relationship. The glimpses into their blossoming love story are precious and meaningful.

Sera and William also had their own little moments that were beautiful in their vulnerability. The uncertainties and questions they face have the potential to either open their hearts to trust one another or close their hearts out of fear of letting someone in.

This story is a soft whisper. It touches the heart with honesty and sheds light on the brutality of the Holocaust. It is difficult and heartbreaking to read about the horrific events that happened at Auschwitz. Yet, in the midst of that awful place, people struggled, fought, and desired to live. They expressed their hearts by continuing to create the art that was within them. They did not give up, even though they felt they could not go on. They survived because they wanted to live. This story inspires hope.

*I am on Kristy Cambron’s launch team. Thank you to the author and publisher for sending me a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review.*

Summary (from the back cover):

A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.


14 thoughts on “Review: The Butterfly and the Violin

    1. Thanks, Jamie. I’m so glad to hear you are reading it. I think it’s also a great example of what I love about contemporary and historical– it has the best of both worlds!

      And the emotions! Wow. I think I described this one as “beautiful” about a million times, but it really is.


  1. I had read this book a week or so ago. The writing was as beautiful as the story. Like you, I don’t usually get overly emotional when I read, but this one touched me in a way that most novels don’t.


    1. It really does grab a hold on your emotions! I’m still thinking about it and I finished reading it several days ago! Since I don’t often get emotional, I love when I find a story that really pulls something out of me like this one did.


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