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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) by Kristy Cambron

            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.

             A Sparrow in Terezin is told on two timelines. The first one is told from the perspective of Kája Makovsky, a young, half-Jewish writer who is separated from her family when she flees Prague, only to end up later in the disaster of the London Blitz. Kája's intelligence, compassion, and courage all find places to pierce through the war's horror, even when any chance for a future is on the verge of being blacked out. While the other timeline is present day which is told of the emotionally tumultuous present-day account about newlyweds Sera and William Hanover. It’s well intertwined, though the novel's strength is in Kája's story, skipping back and forth kept me from fully appreciating the story.

            This is a second book of a series from Kristy Cambron and according to other reviewers to appreciate the story fully the series should be read in order. That is probably why I found it difficult to follow going from the present then to the past and back again. Still, there's so much to be found here, love, tragedy, romance, and faith.

            There are questions in the back to help with further self-study or in a book club. You will learn some fascinating historical details. It paints the history in a more personal way. I generally like stories that make me sad; I wanted to read more about Kája and Liam and wasn’t too impressed with the present day couple. If you like historical war fiction you will like this story.

            I received a digital copy of book from Harper Collins in their BookLook blogging for books program.

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