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BOOK REVIEW: The Butterfly and the Violin

BOOK BY: Kristy Cambron

What a poignant story of finding beauty in ashes.

This dual time story takes the reader to Vienna, Austria from 1939-1945. Adele is Austria’s Sweetheart, a violin prodigy and daughter of a high ranking Third Reich officer. Her future is bright in a world that is rapidly changing. Her faith is strong and her compassion for others something to admire.

In present day Manhattan, Sera is obsessed with finding the original painting of Austria’s Sweetheart – a painting she’s searched for since she was eight years old and saw it hanging in an art museum in Paris. When a lead brings her to the home of a business mogul, she is shocked to learn that her very life’s work is caught in the middle of a multi-million dollar estate dispute.

Kristy Cambron weaves the past and the present in an intricate pattern of intrigue. These two women’s stories will collide in a beautiful finale of healing from the pain of the past.

A beautiful narrative. A horrendous event. A delicate balance between past and present. A story of hope, and beauty, when all seems lost.

I loved it.

BOOK REVIEW: THE CURATOR’S DAUGHTER

Book By: Melanie Dobson

A captivating, thought-provoking read by Melanie Dobson – her best novel yet.

Be prepared to experience the heartbreak of the stories of the Jewish people during WW2 and the people who tried to help them. And don’t be surprised at how much our world hasn’t changed since then.

A young, ambitious archaeologist working for the Third Reich is eager to make a name for herself in a world where women are expected to abide by the 3Ks – kunchen, kirche and kinder (kitchen, church and children). When she’s pulled from the field and reassigned to curate treasures others have found, it’s only the beginning of a series of twists and unexpected turns neither Hanna, nor the reader anticipates.

A young, teenaged girl is caught in a modern cult, fighting for the same purity of the Aryan race. She will spend the rest of her life fighting the hate that dictated her early teens and left her with a trauma that haunts her dreams.

Both these women are intricately linked – but the connection is not easily seen by the reader. And once all is revealed, hang on to your page! It will leave your head spinning.

There are so many great things about this novel. I think what struck me the most about it, is that it’s a novel relevant to our time. Like, this month. With all the rioting and messages of hate that have been regularly reported on, The Curator’s Daughter is releasing at the right moment in our history. There was evil in the world back then, there is evil now.

A beautiful thread of hope, forgiveness, and second chances is sewn together through the end. It’s a story about discovering your roots, preserving the stories of those who have gone before us and overcoming the past.

Go buy the book! You won’t be sorry you did.

I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Roseanna M White

https://www.roseannamwhite.com/books
https://www.roseannamwhite.com/books/codebreakers-series/3-a-portrait-of-loyalty

This is the final book of The Codebreakers Trilogy which ties up all the loose ends from the previous two books into a nice neat bow at the end.

As always, Roseanna White’s books are well researched, rich with description and full of characters readers can fall in love with. This book is no different. It’s pleasant to be re-introduced to previous characters who have had their own stories throughout this series and other ones that take place during World War 1.

The questions of loyalty, trustworthiness, and art as a means to an end are addressed throughout the pages. There are some interesting arguments presented for the use of art in propaganda, and a question our heroine struggles with as she uses her photography talents to help end the war for Britain.

Our newest cast member was introduced in the final pages of the previous novel so it was a delight to read Zivon’s story. He is one of those guys you love and can see that his struggle to share information is real. Can he trust the allies? Can he trust anyone? Can they trust him? It’s an interesting conundrum that plays throughout the novel.

Lily is a likeable character, if not conflicted. She works secretly with her father for Whitehall, but must keep her true job a secret from her artistic – and very opinionated – mother. When Lily meets Zivon, there is attraction but keeping her job a secret brings strain. Theirs is a slow romance, one that is challenged, but of course – there’s a happily ever after for them and everyone else around them.

A PORTRAIT OF LOYALTY is probably the least favourite of the whole series. I found the pace a lot slower than the other ones and quite a bit less action, but no less tension.

A reader could likely read this one as a stand alone, but to get the full appreciation of the series one should start with book one. Even better, start with the previous series Shadows Over England (or even Ladies of the Manor since they all make cameos throughout Shadows Over England).

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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