A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron is both a new story and a sequel, contemporary and historical. The contemporary story of William and Sera, including their association with Sophie, is the sequel to what was begun in The Butterfly and the Violin. Arrested at his own wedding, William is facing a decade in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Sera must travel to Europe to learn what he refuses to tell, to find the evidence that will clear his name and a brighter path for their future.
Kaja Makovsky’s story, set in 1942 is new to readers of this book. Sent by her parents from Prague to Palestine and then, through her own efforts, to London at the beginning of World War II, Kaja is desperate for news of her parents’ fate. When she learns through her job of atrocities being committed against Jews, she returns home intending to rescue her parents, only to be caught up in the horror herself.
As in the first book of this Hidden Masterpiece series, the stories are tied together by artifacts present in both. The peril of the characters is intense, leading readers to wonder if all hope is lost. Yet there is beauty and grace in the midst of it all. I found so much to love about this book in spite of its tragic setting. (And I’d never heard of holocaust ghettos, so I learned something new. Cambron’s note at the end of the book about the historical discoveries she’d made through her research that led to the creation of this book were enlightening.)
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of A Sparrow in Terezin for my honest review. I would rate it among the best of historical Christian fiction available now.