The Lost Castle

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Cambron, Kristy. The Lost Castle. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2018.

SUMMARY
Set in three time periods spanning a few hundred years, different characters find themselves linked together through a lost castle in France; however, they soon discover there is more than just the castle joining them. With life-stories taking place during the French Revolution, World War II and modern day, three women are intertwined in unique ways involving romance, history, illness, generations, faith and emotions, all embracing and connecting their determination, strength and hearts.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Of course, I just knew I was going to read this book by a favorite author of mine, Kristy Cambron. Not letting me down, The Lost Castle provided a creative and well-written time dimensional story resulting in a very satisfying read. As usual, this author developed her characters well and caused a tug at my heartstrings while I marveled at the overall complexity of the story which just flowed. Though easy to read and follow, I imagine this novel took quite a bit of organization while writing. Excellent!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Lost Castle from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

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A Sparrow In Terezin

Cambron, Kristy. A Sparrow In Terezin: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel. Nashvilee, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2015.

SUMMARY:
sparrowPresent and past collide in this hauntingly beautiful yet heartbreakingly sorrowful novel. In 1942, Kaja Makovsky escapes Prague to begin life anew in London; however, she decides to return to save her parents left behind. In present day, Sera James hastily marries William Hanover, accused of a crime he may not have committed. With strong emotions, strength of character and unceasing faith, Kaja and Sera blend their stories through a small Holocaust survivor and a sparrow in Terezin…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Emotionally stirring, perpetually moving and ceaselessly gripping, A Sparrow In Terezin left me with thoughts of sadness, sentiment, hope and remorse. Though at times difficult to read, I enjoyed it as much as the previous novel in the series, The Butterfly and the Violin. (Though connected to that novel, this novel works as a stand-alone too.) I found the juggle between present day and past to work very well, luring me deeper into the storyline to reveal the link. Carefully titled, the sparrow is strong, quick, free and full of the hope necessary to survive.  Beautifully written…very well done!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Sparrow in Terezin from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

The Butterfly and the Violin

Cambron, Kristy. The Butterfly and the Violin: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2014.

SUMMARY:
violinSet in present day New York City yet intertwined with the past in Vienna, Austria, Sera James feels a strong connection to the woman, Adele Von Bron, in the painting. Owning an art gallery in New York, Sera remembers when she first saw the painting of Adele with the shaved head, tattoo on her upper arm and the sad yet determined blue eyes. As Austria’s sweetheart of the violin in the 1940’s, Adele must follow what is in her heart, no matter where it may lead her…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
What a deeply written novel which perfectly combines past and present in a smooth and logical manner. Though not an easy subject (Auschwitz) to broach by any means, Kristy Cambron approached it with the respect and honesty it requires. For a debut novel, this was exemplary; I wanted to keep reading yet didn’t want to continue as I knew it would then end. Though I would have preferred a slightly different ending, I understand why the author chose to complete it the way in which she did. Aptly named with a beautifully designed cover, The Butterfly and the Violin will stay with you for quite some time after turning the last page.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Butterfly and the Violin from BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for my honest review*