Thursday, October 08, 2015

Kristy Cambron's A Sparrow in Terezin ~ Reviewed

A Sparrow in Terezin 
by Kristy Cambron
Series: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel (Book 2)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401690610


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.
Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairy–tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy their future 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 with the man she loves.
1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family. 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, she 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 them and fight to protect all they hold dear–even if it means placing their own futures on the line.


A Sparrow In Terezin weaves together the story of two different women. In the present day, we have Sera James. She is getting ready to open her new art gallery and marry the man of her dreams, William Hanover. However, just as they finish saying their vows on their wedding day, William is arrested due to some legal issues concerning the family estate. Sera now has to fight for their marriage and pray she can trust that her husband has been truthful with her. The second story is about Kaja Makovsky, and takes place in 1942, beginning in Nazi-occupied Prague. Her parents make sure her and her sister get out of the city before anything happens, as Kaja is half Jewish. She begins working in a newspaper office in London. Shortly after beginning her job, she finds out the horrible things that are happening to Jewish people and is determined to go home to rescue her parents.

This story was really well written. It didn't get confusing as it went back and forth between stories. I believe there was a prequel book written, which I would like to read to get some of the backstory of Sera, but overall, I really enjoyed it. The storyline kept building, especially for Kaja, and I had a hard time putting the book down as I wanted to see what happened!

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

1 comment:

Mike Bradley said...

Thanks Sarah! I stumbled upon your blog searching for new book suggestions. This is great. I really appreciate the suggestion! Your review has swayed me on a few of these. I’ll have to check out A Sparrow in Terezin. Thanks!

I wanted to pass along one my pastor recommended to me. It’s the #1 bestseller on religious fiction, so maybe you’ve already heard of it. But I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a fantastic collection of short stories. It’s called Pieces Like Pottery. I really can’t recommend it enough. I would love to see your review of it at some point!