In The Butterfly and the Violin, by Kristy Cambron, two people are looking for the painting of Adele, a beautiful young woman who was once a celebrated Austrian violinist. Sera, a New York City art gallery owner, last saw the painting in Paris when she was a child and it has a special meaning for her. William is a California real estate executive whose family’s inheritance hinges upon discovering the owner of the painting. Somehow, William’s family has a copy of the painting in their possession. Once their paths cross, they agree to work together in their search for the painting. Thus far, Sera had learned that seventy years ago Adele had been sent to a concentration camp. Her crime was to help a Jewish family in hiding. By reviewing old photographs, William observes a young man who turns out to be Adele’s great love, Vladimir. If they can find out the fates of Adele and Vladimir then maybe they can find the painting. Who is the artist and why is the painting tied to a great fortune?
The story is told alternately by Sera, in the present, and Adele, seventy years ago. While Sera struggles with trust, William has his own issues. It is Adele that vividly describes the terror and horror of her existence in the concentration camp. She lives a nightmare beyond imagination. Through her words we learn the history of the painting as well as a great deal more.
This is an intense and haunting story- one that the reader won’t soon forget. The author has crafted a well written and emotionally stirring story.
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