Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Sparrow In Terezin - Kristy Cambron

A Sparrow In Terezin
Kristy Cambron
Thomas Nelson, Apr 7 2015, $15.99
ISBN: 9781401690618

In present day Sausalito, California Sera James feels blessed as she has just opened her art gallery and married William Hanover.  Just after they exchange their vows, Carter arrives to arrest William for illegal business dealings that he insists he never did.  While he faces ten years, his wife faces denunciations that threaten her family.  Thus she travels to Europe to learn what her husband hid from her.

In 1939, Kája Makovsky feels fortunate to escape Nazi occupied Prague, but fears the worst for her family; especially since some are Jewish.  Three years later in England, Kája, working as a Daily Telegraph journalist, learns of Hitler’s Final Solution mass executions of Jews.  Though frightened, with help from her boyfriend Kája returns to Czechoslovakia trying to get her family to England.  Instead she ends up incarcerated in the Terezin Concentration Camp near Warsaw where Kája and others become teachers, mentors and bearers of hope to children like Sophie.

The second Hidden Masterpiece (see The Butterfly and the Violin) is a thrilling inspirational based on the premise of Dr. Viktor Frankl’s “Man's Search for Meaning”; a person has a better chance for obtaining a wonderful life if they believe it will occur even while trapped in hell.  Character-driven in both eras the captivating subplots hook the audience throughout as we root for the sparrow to soar free of the evil men do unto to others.

Harriet Klausner

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