Deb’s Dozen: Past and Present Collide as WWII-Era Prague Impacts Newlyweds in California – Courage!
Sera James weds William Hanover in a picturesque wedding set in a garden on the Sausalito beach. But almost immediately after “I Do,” William is handcuffed and led off to jail on charges for a crime he did not commit. Sera believes in her heart that William could not have done those things he’s accused of doing. She is determined to get to the bottom of the charges and set her husband free.
1942 – Kaja Makovsky escaped Prague just as the Nazis occupied the city, but her beloved parents had to be left behind. She is now a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in London. She finds the terror has followed her when the deadly London Blitz occurs. Liam Marshall–a mysterious reporter/spy?–seems determined to help her become successful and…could love be blooming in the midst of war?
A Sparrow in Terezin documents the tales of these two women who are tied together by long ago events. Sara works her way back through history to find out the whys and hows of what William may have done. Kaja’s story moves forward as we see what she endures.
I was initially put off by the back and forth in each chapter, but then was drawn into the intrigue in both eras. Both characters are believable and courageous–under stress and pressure that most women will never have to experience. I loved the description of war-plagued Prague and what Kaja was able to accomplish with her “sparrows.” I had not heard of The Sparrows of Terezin and their art prior to reading this book.
There are some details that seem to conflict at the end of the novel–I’m not sure if Cambron intends another book in the series–this is the sequel to The Butterfly and the Violin. Hopefully they will be cleared up in the next entry in the series if there is one. Because of those hanging ends, I can only give A Sparrow in Terezin four stars, but I am intrigued enough to read the first book to get the backstory.
Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of A Sparrow in Terezin in exchange for my candid review.