A Sparrow in Terezin
By Kristy Cambron
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Two points of view
About the book:
Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.
Today. With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiancé threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.
June 1942. After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kája Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kája has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kája finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.
Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kája will fight to protect all they hold dear.
Why I choose this book:
Very simple: World War 2. I’m not exactly sure why this era means so much to me, but I can barely pass up reading a book about it. Plus the cover. And the name. Beautiful.
What I thought:
I was sucked in. The book goes back and forth between WW2 and modern day and half the time I wanted to skip ahead and read what was happening in the present day and half of the time I was wanting to skip ahead and see what was happening next in the WW2 part.
The descriptions were beautiful. The characters were relatable. The story-line was riveting. Less than year ago I was in Europe and this book transported me back to the old streets and dropped me right into the setting. I wanted to hug the book. I wanted to fly back and spend another month in Europe. I wanted to keep reading.
This was a book that took place during a war so of course there were elements of bombs, the horrors of war camps, death and all that sadness. There was also a little bit of romance (including a few brief kisses) but I really didn’t feel like any of it was overdone and it didn’t make me uncomfortable which was really nice.
The book was a bit confusing for me at times and they kept talking about a couple of characters who they never ended up explaining. I couldn’t quite tell if the author was just dropping us in and keeping us guessing or if it was the second book in the series. I finally realized near the end that it was indeed the second book in the series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, The Butterfly and the Violin
yet, but I want to some day.
I’m not being dramatic here, but I’d really given up on ever finding a fiction book that I would rate five stars. Non-fiction? Sure, those have hit five stars for me, but the highest rating I’ve given fiction is four stars. When I was about half way through this book it suddenly hit me that this was a five star book. Then about seventy percent through the book I gasped with wonder as I realized it was possibly a six star book (even though that isn’t possible). The ending was more of four stars, but even it out, and we have a five star book. Way to go author Kristy Cambron! I am impressed. I’m giving A Sparrow in Terezin Five Stars
About the Author
has been fascinated with WWII since hearing her grandfather’s stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University and has 15 years industry experience as a corporate learning facilitator and communications consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction. She makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. Website: http://www.kristycambron.com
Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author
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I received this book free from Book Look in exchange for an honest review.