Two women, separated by years of history, step into the same world through one little girl’s experience with a world gone crazy.
Kristy Cambron, author of A Sparrow in Terezin, has done a superb job with her second historical fiction novel. It is mesmerizing because of its setting in both the present day and in the long-ago past. And whenever a story chronicles the true lives of children treated with worthlessness, we want to jump up and do something!
. . .the children were sequestered in isolated barracks along with their 53 appointed guardians. Later, in October 1943, the 1,196 surviving children and their guardians were transported to Auschwitz. None survived.
The story begins with a wedding in northern California, present day. It travels to Prague in 1939 and then to London, Amsterdam, Czechoslovakia and back to California. The pieces of the puzzle will keep you guessing: artwork, signatures, inheritances, and a sparrow all tangled into one family pattern. But how?
Penny had concern in her voice. Why wouldn’t she? Sera had just unloaded the entire messy business of William’s past and now she sat in the busy terminal at Heathrow airport, alone, pondering her next steps. She had a ticket to San Francisco in her hand, but she still had no idea whether she’d actually use it.
One can imagine the prayers that were constantly murmured in those dark days. The author submits a touching note at the end as a reminder:
Of the 15,000 children who are believed to have passed through the walls of Terezin, fewer than 100 ultimately survived the Holocaust. I pray, with so many of you, that we would never forget. For every one of those little sparrows who fell, God’s hands were open.
Be sure to pick up this book in the church library.
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott, AZ