The Butterfly and the Violin is two stories in one, a contemporary story and an historical one, both centered around the same piece of art. The main characters in the contemporary story are seeking the picture. The historical story tells how the picture came to exist. Back and forth clues from both times help readers unravel the mystery and gain understanding into the author’s message.
When I first learned of this book, I wanted to read it, but held back for a while because of its Holocaust setting, Auschwitz-Birkenau in particular. But then I came across several reviews that told how much the readers had enjoyed the book. I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. Though the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau are there, Kristy Cambron, the author, doesn’t dwell on them too much—she gives just enough detail to make her point, to lead the readers’ thoughts where she wants them to go. Enough reality, but not too much—she trusts her readers to get the idea.
And, if the reader doesn’t quite get it, Cambron spells it out in her author’s note that follows the story itself. This was a sweet, concluding touch to an especially meaningful story. I am glad I overcame my hesitation and chose to read this book. I’m looking forward to the next in this Hidden Masterpiece series.
I received a complimentary eCopy of The Butterfly and the Violin from the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for this honest review.