A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Book description:

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

My review:

Cambron delivers another book filled with great characters and a fast-paced plot.  As with The Butterfly and the Violin, readers get the idea that Cambron did her job in conducting research, especially at the end.

I have to admit that novels where the perspective shifts from present to past or between two characters isn’t my favorite.  Invariably, I find one story more compelling than the other and tend to blaze through one story, just so I can get back to the other and savor it.  Despite connecting with Sera in the previous book, I discovered that I really wanted to focus more on Kaja in this one.  I’m thinking I should go back and read The Butterfly and the Violin again so that there is more of a continuity between that book and this one for me.  Perhaps then I will want to savor Sera’s story as well.

However, despite my preference for Kaja’s story, I enjoyed the entire book and how the stories intertwined.  I learned a little about life in London during WWII and the frequent air raid drills and bombings.  It is always a plus when you learn a little bit of history while being entertained with great characters.

If you are a fan of WWII-era historical fiction, this book will be right up your alley.  If you read and loved The Butterfly and the Violin, you will want to read the next chapter for Sera James.  I can’t wait to read the next book Cambron writes!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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