Discussion Starts NOVEMBER 21, 2018
BACK COVER: A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz--and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan. 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.
BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
1. What was your first reaction to the book? Did it hook you immediately, or take some time to get into it? If you weren't hooked at first what was the turning point for you?
2. How did the structure of the book affect the story?
Did the author use any structural or narrative devices like flashbacks or multiple voices in telling the story? How dis this affect the story and your appreciation of the book? Did you think the author did a good job with it?
3. Did the book change your opinion or perspective about anything? Do you feel different now than you did before you read the book? Do tell!
4. This is a discussion question from the book, "This book was written with a heart for the lost - those who perished in WWII, as well as anyone who has suffered from a lack of peace in their lives. Adele and Sera are women separated by decades, but united in the peace Jesus Christ brought, despite their circumstances. How was their faith affected by what they went through in the story? How has your own faith been affected by difficult times?
5. Did you find this book unique, original? If yes, why? If no, why?
6. What is your favorite line - Quote from the book do share?
7. What was your favorite scene? Do tell!
8. What part of the story made you feel uncomfortable and brought about a new understanding of things?
Discussion will start on November 21st and run until the end of the month.
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You said, "I was impressed that the author did not just make this a happy ever after book, but that she took the time to bring out what sacrifices and genuine caring for others brings."
I appreciated that about the story too. It wouldn't have felt right given all that they went through and the sacrifices people made to have it filled with fluff at the end. I learned so much from this book about that time period I'd never heard of before. There was so much going on at that time. There were so many unimaginable things happening. I appreciate the authors research and the way she brought the story out on a deep level.
Great to see you here Angela! I appreciate your input!