"The Butterfly and the Violin" by Kristy Cambron is a fictional telling of Adele, a young woman whose father is a general in the Third Reich in Austria during WWII, and Sera, an art gallery owner in present day New York. Sera has fallen in love with a painting of a young woman playing a violin with a prisoner tattoo. She begins a quest to find the original painting and all that she can about Adele. This leads her to William, the grandson of the man who sent Sera the copy. The two begin a romance as they deepen their search. Adele is the woman in the painting that Sera is searching for. Adele is in the throws of a forbidden romance with a merchant's son and is helping to hide Jews from the Nazis. Her father ultimately finds out and has her put into the prison system for "reeducation."
This novel is both mystery and romance. It is a really well written novel that leaves the reader thinking about it all of the time. Neither couple takes over the book and both are equally appealing. I enjoyed watching Adele mature though hated to read how it was done. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com.