A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.
As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.
Oh My, this book was just fantastic! It is easily one of my top 5 books of the year so far. This book just grabbed hold and didn't let go till the very end. The ending felt complete and I was satisfied and not left feeling like there should be more conclusion. So often at the end of a book I feel like there should be more or that the resolve happened to fast, not this book.
Every page tugged at my heart and kept me wanting to know more of the story. I loved how the past and present inter twined. I was left guessing most of the way. Something I loved was the history in it. I never knew there were orchestras at the concentration camps and who got selected to be in them. For some that was the sole thing that saved them. But not just music but art of kinds happened in public and secret in those horrible places. It seems like you can never really know all of what happens in those horrid years.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to all who love history and even those who don't. It is a powerful book that is happy and sad and more all at once. I can not wait for Kristy Cambrons next novel next year. Oh by the way she is a debut author but writes like an author that has been around for years.
* I received this book through Litfuse publicity for the purpose of this review.