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Book Beat – A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Sparrow in TerezinSera James’s wedding day falls to pieces when her new husband is arrested for a sale of a piece of art, a crime he didn’t commit. To clear William’s name, Sera travels to London to meet his estranged father. . .and discovers a strange connection to a Holocaust survivor and the teacher who saved her life at Theresienstadt. . .Terezin.

In 1939, Kaja Makovsky flees Prague, unwillingly leaving her Jewish family behind. In London, her newspaper job introduces her to handsome reporter Liam Marshall, who is also working for British Intelligence. While the Blitz rages around them, Kaja is devastated when she hears reports of concentration camps and worse in her beloved country. Kaja’s conscience compels her to return and save her family, and Liam reluctantly agrees to help her. But things go terribly wrong . . .

A Sparrow in Terezin takes you from the terror of London during the Blitz, to the horror of the concentration camps, to modern-day London and San Francisco. Kristy Cambron paints a touching picture of a woman trying to do the right thing in a time when evil prevailed, and the ripples her actions send into the future. Beautiful writing and heartbreaking imagery make the novel sing, proving Cambron’s acclaimed debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was no fluke. I highly recommend this book.