Monday, April 13, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin

GIVEAWAY

CAMBRON, KRISTY
A SPARROW IN TEREZIN

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day---With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life---until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she's planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942---Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, 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.

My Review:

Another stunning offering from Kristy Cambron. Exhilarating and disturbing and complicated to the nth degree.  This sequel to The Butterfly and the Violin continues Sera and Will's tale as they discover another heartrending story of hope born from the holocaust.

I loved the beautiful imagery in the sparrow analogy. It brought me to tears at one point. And that's what is so masterful about Cambron's storytelling -- she knows how to mold her characters into living, breathing entities that a reader can't help but care deeply about. And in the process of discovering them, a reader is blessed to discover more about herself. At least, that has been my experience with this compelling series.

A Sparrow in Terezin is the kind of novel you'll want to savor long after you've reached the last word. Kaja's story will haunt you -- from the depths of despair to the soaring wings of hope. Definitely the kind of novel that makes your life richer for having read it.

*Just a side note: The present day plot -- Sera and Will's continuing story -- might make more sense if you have read A Butterfly and the Violin. It's pretty complicated and carries on from that first book.
I think you could still read A Sparrow in Terezin if you haven't read the first book, but just be prepared to be a little confused with the present day plot. But Kaja's story is well worth a little present day muddle so don't let not having read the first book discourage you from reading this one.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a review copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Sparrow in Terezin please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 19 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
  • Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th.
     Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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    36 comments:

    1. I am so excited to read this book! Kristy's first one was excellent.

      kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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      1. She's a talented author, for sure. Good luck, Kate.

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    2. I am looking forward to reading this one! I have her first one on my TBR list so I will need to get to reading that soon! Thanks for the review and giveaway. momrain(at)aol(dot)com

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      1. Oh, you're in for such a treat, Loraine. Good luck.

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    3. I haven't had the chance to read The Butterfly and the Violin yet, but I've been wanting to ever since it released.
      The second book sounds amazing too.
      I really hope I win this one :P

      samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    4. I loved The Butterfly and the Violin. Can't wait to read this sequel. Thanks for offering it in a giveaway, Kav!

      ckbarker at gmail dot com

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      1. You're welcome, Cheryl. Good luck.

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    5. I have heard wonderful things about this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity, Kav!

      mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    6. Would love to read this book! Haven't read the first one but definitely have it on my wish list as it sounds as amazing as this one does.

      drumb at att dot net

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      1. It's a totally different kind of read -- very soul satisfying. Good luck, Laura.

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    7. OMGoodness Gracious!! I can't wait to read this one. It's been on my wish list since I first found out she wrote another during her chat party like months ago. I absolutely loved the first book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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      1. You're welcome, Karen. She's an awesome author for sure. Good luck.

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    8. The Butterfly and the Violin was such a different (but excellent) read; the author does the dual storyline really well. Thanks for the giveaway!

      rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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      1. She really makes you think, doesn't she? And the fact that the setting and all that horror is absolutely true. It just breaks my heart and makes me wonder if I could have lived through it with such courage and hope. Good luck, Rachael.

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    9. would LOVE to read this novel, kav...thanks for the chance :)

      karenk
      kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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      1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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    10. sounds like an interesting book, thanks for the giveaway

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      1. It is, Karen...and so much more. Good luck.

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    11. Yes I want to read both of them!! Sounds like a wonderful story. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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      1. Well worth the read, for sure. Good luck, Becky.

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    12. Thanks for your beautiful review, Kav!! Kristy is one masterful, touching, inspirational author!! I have "The Butterfly and the Violin" and can't wait to read "A Sparrow in Terezin"!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

      bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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      1. You've got that right, Bonnie. Good luck.

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    13. Terezin is located in the neighboring country, Czech Republic. I have never been there, but I have visited Auschwitz. Truly horrible place, and I am not saying this lightly. I do hope that the remembering of the past can help us to create a better present and future times.
      Count me in, please.

      janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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      1. You're counted, Janka. And yes, as terrible as it is to remember we must! And books like this illustrate the triumph of the human spirit. Good luck!

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    14. Oh I'm so glad it at least partly continues the story from "The Butterfly and the Violin"!!!!! Now I'm even more excited about reading it :) carriemschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com

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      1. You'll love it, Carrie. And I'm pretty sure there's one more to go. Good luck.

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    15. Another one I have to read.
      Thanks, Kav!
      campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    16. I've been reading lots of good things about Kristy's books but haven't yet been able to read them. I'm glad to have the chance to win A Sparrow in Terezin.
      pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    17. I am excited about this book. The cover is beautiful and I want to continue the story reading.
      Deanne Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    18. Sounds like this book really spoke to your heart Kav. I have heard great things about it too. This sounds like a fantastic series.
      marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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      1. It made a lasting impression for sure. Good luck, Maryann.

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