Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin (Review)

Sparrow Terezin Kristy Cambron

This review is for the book "A Sparrow in Terezin" by Kristy Cambron.This book drifts back and forth between present day and World War II.

About the book:
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.

Personally, I could not get into the story of Sera and William. I felt that it was confusing and not explained by the author very well. I was not interested in the characters or their story and I never felt emotionally attached to their story. On the other hand, I felt that the story of Kaja was exciting and suspenseful. It easily kept my attention and I definitely felt an emotional connection between myself and the characters in that part of the story. Although, to be honest, I still could not fully explain the connection between the two stories.

The book includes a reading guide which would be perfect for use with a book club or small group.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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