Kristy Cambron has written an excellent and inspiring novel, “The Butterfly and the Violin”. The story begins in New York City with Sera James’ excitement over finding a painting that has haunted her since childhood. It is a portrait of a beautiful young woman with a shaved head, tattooed numbers, and cradling a violin. She is obsessed with finding the original portrait and the story of the girl portrayed. And so…Adele’s story begins in Vienna, Austria during the beginning of World War II. She is the daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, society’s darling, and soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic. Although her parents are good Nazi’s, Adele sees the cruelty and aggression of the party and tries to help Jewish friends leave Austria. She is discovered and what happens next takes the reader through the horrors those arrested by the Gestapo experience, and the madness that is Auschwitz. Adele’s desire to live through her ordeal and the single-mindedness of Sera’s search make this novel one that is difficult to put down.
My review does not begin to do this book justice. It is a compelling novel, one that will haunt you long after the last page is read.