Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

As a kid I was fascinated with the story of Anne Frank. As an adult I have been fascinated with the stories of people who lived in overseas countries during WW1 and WW2. I have always wondered if I was the person living then what I would do and how I would live.  This is a very interesting book about people living in that time. I'd like to think that I'd have half the courage that Kája had. Kristy Cambron has obviously done her homework in researching this. It's very well written - you feel like you're there viewing the characters and if you're like me, you find yourself wishing you could talk to them - offer an encouraging word or say "What were you thinking?".  I can't say it's a comfortable read because of the subject matter, but it's a satisfying read for sure. Not a breeze through either.

In 1939 Kája Makovsky is forced to leave her family in Prague as she is sent off to college and safety. But the war follows her to England and she risks her life to go back and get her family out. I'm sure that some of the choices she made are not ones that I would make - but you have to admire this girl. And we never know what small things (we think) we do will have a profound effect on someone else.

Sera James is getting ready for her dream wedding when her fiance is arrested for a crime he didn't commit. This part of the story is interesting as Sera looks for more information to try to clear her fiance, and find out more about this wealthy family's secrets.

A Holocaust survivor is the person who brings this story together. The way the book weaves back and forth between the two time frames draws out the suspense in each, where strong women are making life decisions to protect the people they love.

This is book two in the series. I had not read book one but now want to go back and get it! Don't you just love that cover?

From the book description:  "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."

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