A Sparrow in Terezin

Thomas Nelson. (Hidden Masterpiece, Bk. 2). Apr. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781401690618. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781401690625. CF
OrangeReviewStarThis heart-wrenching sequel to Cambron's acclaimed debut, The Butterfly and the Violin, once again deftly interlaces dual plots and time lines between the present and World War II. Art dealer Sera James has just married William Hanover, her client from Butterfly, when he is arrested for fraudulently selling art that he does not own. Mirroring Sera's flight from the scandal that has rocked her husband's family business and thrown her marriage into doubt is young Kaja Makovsky's escape from Prague in 1939 to London. But when Kaja learns about the extermination of the Jews, she returns to her hometown to try to save her family. Linking these two women and offering the solace and peace they seek is Holocaust survivor Sophia.
VERDICT This second novel in the series has the drawings produced by the children of the Terezin concentration camp, and Cambron describes them in haunting detail. Fans of the author's first book will gravitate to this tale of the power of faith and love to cope with impossible situations, although the grim realities depicted cannot be ignored. A must for book groups and genocide studies teachers and students.
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