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The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Cambron, Kristy The Illusionist's Apprentice

Publication Date: 2017

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Copy from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

“Everything about it causes me to doubt, but that’s just instinct. If you’re asking me personally, then I’d say it’s because my faith must always be stronger than what my eyes can see. However, if you’re asking Wren the illusionist, then I’d say that you once told me a showman must always make the crowd believe the story she tells.”

                                                                        -Wren Lockhart

 Kristy Cambron weaves yet another absorbing tale grounded in history and based on real people. The story of Wren Lockhart, a famed illusionist trained by Harry Houdini, begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the year 1926. Much to my dismay when I began reading, Houdini had been dead for two years. The story focuses entirely on Wren and a young FBI agent, Elliot Matthews.

As Elliot works to solve a mysterious death that occurs as part of a public performance by a well known medium, he draws Wren into the investigation. The case pulls the two together as Wren struggles to maintain her very private life and a few well kept secrets of her own. The more time they spend together, the more their interests intersect.

The story is filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue, faith, and romance. The story is based on a real apprentice who worked for Harry Houdini prior to his death, even though the story itself is fiction. A great job of weaving the threads of history with fiction! Readers who love historical fiction will definitely find this an excellent read.

This copy was received from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

 

 

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Can’t Wait to Read 2016!

As I roll through January, I am already thinking about the new books I am excited to read in 2016. I  made a list to  give you a brief peek at some of the books I hope to review for the coming year. I am sure many of you will be as excited to read some of these new novels as I am. Here is what we have to look forward to in 2016.

  • Benton, Lori A Flight of ArrowsAuthor: Lori Benton

Release Date: April 2016

 

 

 

  • Cambron, Kristy The Ringmaster's WifeAuthor: Kristy Cambron

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Ladd, Sarah Dawn at EmberwildeAuthor:  Sarah E. Ladd

From the Treasures of Surrey series, Book 2

Release Date: May  2016

 

 

  • Camden, Elizabeth From This MomentAuthor: Elizabeth Camden

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Mitchell, Siri Flirtation WalkAuthor:  Siri Mitchell

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Sawyer, Kim Vogel Room for HopeAuthor: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Release Date:  February 2016

 

 

 

  • Copeland, Lori The Preacher's LadyAuthor:  Lori Copeland

Release Date: March 2016Series: Sugar Maple Hearts

 

 

 

  • Peterson Tracie A Treasure ConcealedAuthor: Tracie Peterson

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Author: Laurie Alice EakesEakes, Laurie Alice The Carpenter's Inheritance

Release Date: June 2016

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

butterfly and the violin

Series: Hidden Masterpiece, Book 1

Publication Date: July 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Thomas Nelson

 

“. . . the stark coldness of the shaved head, showing a young beauty that had been shorn of her crown and glory . . . the tattooed numbers, shouting out from the left forearm that cradled a violin.”

A beautiful and amazing story set in two very different time periods! The novel runs two storylines parallel with a thread that ties both stories together. A compelling painting of a stunningly beautiful girl touches the lives of those who see it in the desolate WWII prison camp of Auschwitz; as well, the painting also affects the present day lives of Sera James in New York and William Hanover in California.

Sera and William are both searching for the work of art depicting the mysterious bald headed girl with a violin. Their reasons are quite different, but both have a tremendous interest in locating the painting. The story of their search for the artwork unfolds the story of Adele Von Bron, the daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich and extraordinary violinist, and Vladimir Nicolai, a cellist and the son of a poor shopkeeper.

The novel is a wonderful mix of mystery, history, romance, and faith. The historical detail is extremely interesting. The thread of faith shared by Adele and Sera will touch the reader’s heart. Each woman’s faith is tested, but ultimately they find their strength. I felt compelled to do a little research on my own after reading this book. Terrific job, Kristy Cambron!

Read this fascinating book to find out what ultimately happens to Adele and Vladimir and Sera and William. Each couple has their own story and each couple had choices to make to get to their ending.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

 

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