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The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron April 21, 2017

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Boston, 1926— Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.

My thoughts:

I have read all of Kristy’s books. She is so talented. Her style is unique. She writes books that I believe only she could give life to. She’s take history and breathes life into it. Parts of our history that I never thought I would find interesting and I become enthralled.

The Illusionist’s Apprentice takes you backstage in the world of magic or illusion. What is real and what isn’t? Who is telling the truth and who is hiding something?

From the beginning we learn that Wren Lockhart is hiding and hiding something. Her story is slowly revealed and you can’t help but love her.

Elliot is easy to like, he is a strong protector and has an instinct to protect, but not really trust, Wren.

If you are looking for a book that is a bit different but very well written I would say look for further. This book is highly engaging.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

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The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron July 18, 2016

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the ringmaster

 

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What is revealed when you pull back the curtain of the greatest show on earth?

Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with all the comforts money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, the stage is set for a series of events that change her world beyond even her wildest dreams.

Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life—one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. When her father sells her beloved horse, she abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner—an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ home—the Ca’D’Zan. In what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in her new life and begins to experience the awakening of faith.

With a mysterious and dazzling supporting cast of characters, Rosamund journeys far from the traditions of the English countryside to the last days of the Roaring Twenties—a journey that forever changes what her life might have been.

My thoughts:

Kristy has a very unique way of putting together a story, it is like a beautifully woven tapestry, two worlds that become one.

I will be honest, the first half of this book I didn’t really get into. I struggled for some reason. There were times when I read things that pulled me out of the story and I had to go back and reread to see if I missed something.

With that being said that second half of the book hooked me and I wanted to keep reading.

There is so much depth and beauty to this book, so many truths.

I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at circus life and the picture Kristy painted of the Ringling brothers. Mable Ringling is depicted as a strong loving woman and wife.

Rosamund and Colin’s story is equally captivating. I struggled with not knowing much about Colin at first. I kept thinking I don’t know anything about him and then Rosamund would think the same thing in the story and I knew there was a reason Kristy didn’t reveal too much too soon, it gave me a better understanding of how Rosamund felt.

Faith is woven in lightly but with power. It just shows you don’t need to preach a sermon in a novel to get a point across. The message of identity and brokenness is well done in this book.

The end is very satisfying and made me want to visit the places mentioned in this book.

Visit Kristy here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 

 

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron May 28, 2015

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Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

Today. With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiancé threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.

June 1942. After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kája Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kája has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kája finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.

Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kája will fight to protect all they hold dear.

About the Author

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with WWII since hearing her grandfather’s stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University and has 15 years industry experience as a corporate learning facilitator and communications consultant. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction. She makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. Website: http://www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author

My thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to read this book after I read Kristy’s debut novel. I wasn’t disappointed.

I love the contrast between the past and the present. I would love to know if Kristy writes all of one story and then all of the next and then breaks them up.

I wondered how the two stories related and couldn’t wait to connect the dots.

In the present we pick up with Sera and William and their marriage that is quickly interrupted. Doubt lingers in their future and around the integrity of William. But Sera stands by him and their love only grows stronger.

In the past we are with Kája and her journey to freedom, or so she thinks. But things don’t work out that way and she is thrust into a place of anything but freedom.

If you are like me and enjoy contemporary and historical this is a perfect read for you, it will satisfy much of what you look for in a good book.

Visit Kristy here.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron September 25, 2014

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the butterfly

Book Description:

And then came war . . .

Today. Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.

Vienna, 1942. Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna’s vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family’s tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.

The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele’s barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?

As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait—Adele—they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God’s faithfulness never falters.

My thoughts:

Wow, what an amazing book. This story is so beautifully woven, it’s seamless. Two stories woven into one outstanding book.

First we have Sera’s story that is taking place now. I love how Kristy feeds you just enough of her back story to keep you interested. Just was I was thinking, I don’t know much about Sera’s history or her wounds Kristy gave it to me…perfect. I loved the romance between Sera and William, I could feel the tension and the passion that would build between them.

Adele’s story is heartbreaking. She is caught in WWII, trying to save Jews. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but Kristy paints this aching picture of what is happening in Adele’s life, I could feel it and see it. Lost love, hopelessness, it’s all there.

The book bounces back and forth between the two stories. At one point, pretty early on Sera reveals something about Adele but I kept having hope that maybe it wasn’t true and I couldn’t wait to see how Kristy worked that out in the story.

If you enjoy WWII stories this is a must read. I can’t wait to read more from this author 🙂

Visit Kristy here.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.