And then came war . . .
“Today.” Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.
“Vienna, 1942.” Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna’s vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family’s tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.
The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele’s barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?
As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait–Adele–they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God’s faithfulness never falters.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Two stories in two completely different worlds. Their common ground? A single painting.
The characters in this book are absolutely incredible! They are so realistic, believable, and just excellently built and thought out. The story is full of adventure, plot twists, and believable emotion, which made the book that much better. Nearly every page is full of prayers, faith, and Scriptures, making this fiction novel a very refreshing to read.
I did find that the “present day” characters and story did not impress me that much. The romance between Sera and William happened way too fast to be realistic and really, kissing the day you meet is never a good move. William was a well developed character, but Sera was very confusing. Her hurt was believable at first, but the fact that she threw away all her guard and caution the day she meets William, made it seem as if she was just using her “hurt” as an excuse to ignore other guys, which I am sure the author did not try to do.
But the powerful story of Adele and everything that happens during her point of view will leave the readers breathless! I give The Butterfly and the Violin a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 for my time well spent!