A Sparrow In Terezin by Kristy Cambron

A Sparrow In Terezin

A Sparrow In Terezin – Book Review

If you had the privilege of reading The Butterfly And The Violin – the debut novel of Kristy Cambron – you already know what a gifted writer Kristy is.

If not, before you delve into A Sparrow In Terezin, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Butterfly And The Violin and read that book first! The two stories go together – they are both part of Kristy’s Hidden Masterpiece Novel series. While you could certainly read this novel on its own, you will be missing out on the character’s rich back story if you do – and trust me, that would be a loss!

A Sparrow In Terezin is a moving historical novel about the relationships between people, past and present, and how we deeply impact one another’s lives. Specifically, this story alternates between past and present, and tells the tale of two women whose lives you wouldn’t expect to intersect with one another – but they do. This story also takes us back to World War II and memorializes in haunting detail the artwork of the children who resided in the Terezin concentration camp.

In the current timeline, Sera James – the Manhattan art dealer who we meet in Book 1 – is looking forward to living the good life. With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, the future seems bright until a brutal legal battle against her fiancé, William Hanover, threatens to destroy their lives before it even begins.

When William is arrested and threatened with a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, Sera must fight for her family and their future… which brings us to the past.

In 1939, Kaja Makovsky escapes occupied Prague, but must leave her half-Jewish family behind in the process. She builds a life for herself as a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England. However, when she learns that Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, even if it means 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.

A Sparrow In Terezin is an unforgettable story that will remain with you long after you finish the book.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video – 20 Questions With Kirsty Cambron

About Kristy Cambron

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.


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  1. I read her first novel and while I do agree she writes nicely, there was something about the book that bothered me, so I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. Of course, I’m sure many people will disagree with my assessment. You can read my review of that book here http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2014/07/beauty-out-of-ugliness.html

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      Dear Davida,

      Thanks for sharing your insightful review of The Butterfly and the Violin with us! I hope you’ll join us at The Book Nook and share more of your reviews and writing with us – would love to get to know you better! 🙂

  2. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the review ~It looks like a really good book and I’m going to add it to my want to read list!

  3. heidi says:

    It sounds like a really interesting book. I’ll have to check it out.


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