Prelude for a Lord

Elliot, Camille. Prelude for a Lord. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
preludeLady Alethea Sutherton inherited a beautifully sounding Stradivarius violin from Lady Arkright. Unbeknownst to her, someone is searching for the violin and will stop at nothing to recover it. Set in the Regency Period, Prelude for a Lord just keeps delivering a most compelling read…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Drawn to this book by the front cover, then further intrigued by the summary provided on the back cover, I knew I wanted to read this book. I enjoyed the time period (Regency), the mystery involving the violin, the strength of the main character, the faith drawn upon in times of need and of course, the developing romance. Coming from a musical family (both violin and piano), I truly appreciated the musical subject-line. The only bit of trouble I encountered was the names of so many people involved and scattered through-out the story- I had a bit of a problem keeping everyone straight (though it did not deter from the actual story itself and the Cast of Primary Characters list in the beginning helped immensely). Definitely an author I will pursue again. Well done!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Prelude for a Lord from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

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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*