Trisha’s Year in Books 2017

The reading goal I set for myself back in January 2017 was 80 books. I surpassed that goal and ended up reading 100 books! Clicking on the links below will take you to my review.

I’ve read 28,201 pages across 100 books!

Of those 100 books – 49 of the books were from new-to-me Authors (not counting the compilation books, as there were a few new ones there also).

51mpknffjsl-_ac_ac_sr9895_ The Longest book read “Love at First Laugh” is actually a 8 novella compilation at 849 pages.

Love's Beginning by Naomi Rawlings  The Shortest book read “Love’s Beginning” by Naomi Rawlings – 21 pages

TBATV Most Popular book “The Butterfly & The Violin” by Kristy Cambron

moonbow The first book I read this year was “A Moonbow Night” by Laura Frantz

ALawmanForChristmas The last book I read this year was “A Lawman for Christmas” by Karen Kirst

 

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My Favorites (January-July) 2017

The hot-topic question of July that I have seen floating around is:

“What is your favorite book (or series) that you have read this year?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t possibly pick only one favorite when I’ve read so many amazing books. Thus far I have read 57 books. Now, I know for at least one or two of my awesome blogging friends, this is not a jaw-dropping number. However, as I have been told, “It’s not the number that’s important.” (Major props to my friend Carrie who is well on her way to reading 300 this year)

With that said, I will share with you, my loyal reading friends, the books I have read so far this year that has continued to stick with me long past my finishing of the story. I’ve enjoyed reading others, but these seem to stick with me the longest. Without further adieu, and in no particular order…

Many Sparrows by: Lori Benton
All of You  by: Sarah Monzon
Just the Way You Are by: Pepper Basham
 A Moonbow Night by: Laura Frantz
 In His Eyes by: Stephenia H. McGee
 My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by: Susanne Dietze
 The Butterfly and the Violin by: Kristy Cambron
  Name Unknown  by: Roseanna M. White
 The Road to Paradise by: Karen Barnett
 So Pure A Heart  by: Amber Lynn Perry

Clicking on the title of the book will take you to Amazon where you can read more about the book. Clicking on the name of the author will take you to the author web page.

I would love to hear from you.

What are a few of your favorite books so far this year? Do you have any that have lingered with you weeks/months after you have read the last page?

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The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel #1) by: Kristy Cambron

A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz–and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

Synopsis:

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl–a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover–the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul–who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

My Review:

Deeply poignant and heartfelt. This is one of those stories that lingers with you forever. I quickly found myself immersed not only in Adele & Vladimir’s story but in Sera & William’s story as well. Kristy has a wonderful ability to take her reader on a delightful journey of words thru the very pages of history and back.

Adele on the surface seems to be the perfect society girl; she plays the violin in the Orchestra, and “Austria’s sweetheart”.  However, upon getting to know her, we quickly see that she has a heart for the less fortunate and a strong sense of wanting to see that others are treated fairly, even to the point of putting herself in danger. Adele fell in love with Vladimir from the beginning, but he is more hesitant. He’s from a tradesmen family and knows that her high-society parents will not approve. He can’t help but be attracted to Adele as he tries to watch out for what he feels is her best interest.

Sera has thrown herself into the successful opening of her Art Gallery. After being left at the altar, she has little need for entanglements. She has been searching for years for a painting that she saw once when she was 8 years old on a trip to Paris with her father. The eyes of the women in the painting seemed to draw her in and stayed with her.  Sera’s search leads her to William, as he is also searching for the painting. Can they find a way to work together to uncover the secrets long hidden by time?

Both Adele and Sera struggle and grow in their faith. They may be separated by time, but they are united in their discovery that finding a lasting peace in Jesus brings the comfort they are seeking.

I loved this story and look forward to reading A Sparrow in Terezin.

Favorite Quote:

“To have something of worth in a world full of chaos was the very definition of beauty”

About the Author:

KristyCambronKRISTY CAMBRON has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. The Lost Castle (HarperCollins, series debut in 2018) is her fifth novel. Her first Bible studies (DVD + study guides), The Verse Mapping series, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She loves storytelling from the stage and travels to teach about the intersection of story roads, faith-following Jesus, and her affection for Bible Verse-Mapping. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is everything — let her tell you about Him sometime.

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   The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel #1)

A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel #2)

 

I’d love to connect with you:

Have you read any of Kristy’s books, if so which one is your favorite?