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.
About the Author
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.
What drives humanity back from the brink of despair and capitulation during histories darkest hours? Hope. Like a single ray of light permeating the darkness, hope illuminates even the deepest desperation. Kristy Cambron’s sophomore novel weaves a singular thread of hope through the lives of two women separated by time but connected through a Holocaust survivor.
While I found Sera and William’s contemporary story to carry weight and heart, of the dual plots, it was Kája’s story that I yearned for. Her quiet resilience and heroism during Blitzkrieg in London to her return to Prague and eventual imprisonment at Terezin concentration camp gave me a sense of urgency to continue reading. With haunting descriptions and poetic imagery, Cambron takes readers back to a ghetto shrouded in misery where thousands of souls passed from this earth and fewer than 100 children survived its horrors or deportation. A Sparrow in Terezin will break your heart and then painstakingly put it back together with the hope beauty that rises from the ashes of broken dreams.
**Disclosure: review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity**