Historical Fiction

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron | #BookReview

Sparrow

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.

My Thoughts

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. However, I found William’s confidence in his lawyers to be misplaced and frustrating, as did Sera. When the truth comes out, readers will understand his reluctance to defend himself.

[Beginning in 1939] Kája’s flight from Prague, her brief stay in London, and her subsequent return to Nazi occupied territory claims the lion’s share of the novel – and it is fascinating! I was gently swept up in Liam and Kája’s budding attraction for one another, before the war tore them apart. Kristy Cambron ardently conveyed the uncertainty, fear, grief, and despair that undoubtedly plagued all who were affected by Hitler’s tyranny. Later in the narrative, I marveled at how a story set amidst the darkness of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp could shine so much light on human compassion and God’s ability to use lives which are fully surrendered to Him.

At times both Sera [James] Hanover and Kája Makovsky seemed to draw strength from a divine reservoir, conquering indomitable fears, loving beyond themselves, and clinging to the promises of God. Within these pages, Kristy Cambron has written more than and entertaining story, she has created an experience for her readers. To fully appreciate this book I encourage you to read the first book in the series and then step into this powerful historical romance.

5-stars

AuthorReview

Favorite Quotes

“My father used to say that all of time is set to a clock — God’s clock. We’re given so much of it from sunrise to sunset each day. And it’s in God’s will that time continues to move. He watches over all of us, wherever we should go.”

“…they need to read. Books create the ability to escape into different worlds, and the children are desperate for it.”

About the Author

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.
Find out more about Kristy at http://kristycambron.com.

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