“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NIV
It is this verse which opens A Sparrow in Terezin, and how fitting it is for such a story as this. I loved how Kristy rooted her story is God’s word. It is this truth which her characters must trust and rely on. That even in the midst of trials that seem insurmountable, God is there and he is for you. And because of that, there is no reason to fear.
A Sparrow in Terezin, Kristy Cambron’s sophomore novel, is a masterpiece that will be proudly displayed on my shelves for years to come. I was captivated by Kaja’s journey out of peril, thrust into a new land, and her return to danger for the sake of love and family.
Readers who have read The Butterfly and the Violin will welcome the return of familiar faces in Sera and William, who are not only on the cusp of marriage, but also facing a lofty legal battle that threatens their relationship.
Kaja and Liam’s story is what captured my attention early on. From her time working at The Daily Telegraph to enduring the London Blitz, Kaja finds herself in the middle of a war she thought she had escaped when leaving Nazi-occupied Prague. And then Liam walks into the room and their connection is immediately evident.
Kaja has a quiet strength about her that is inspiring. Although she is fearful, she doesn’t allow her fear to stop her from doing what she feels God is calling her to do. And Liam was the perfect complement to her, devoted and supportive, supplying her with the extra measure of strength she needed to accomplish her task.
The scenes between them at the train station stand out as some of my favorite moments. And then the scene towards the end had me in awe with a certain turn of events. And to know that event was based on a historical event (which is discussed in the Author’s Note), made the book all the more fulfilling and special.
A Sparrow in Terezin is stunning. A beautifully written novel that shines with authenticity.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
*I am on Kristy Cambron’s launch team. This book was provided by the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.*