About the Book
Book: The Painted Castle
Author: Kristy Cambron
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.
It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.
Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.
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Three time periods and three different women, each with their own distinct story, but all connected because of one location. Author Kristy Cambron has created a wonderful tale centered around Parham Hill Estate in England and she sets the stories in 1843, in 1944, and finally, in the present day. Each woman is very special and unique: in Victorian England Elizabeth Meade needed to solve her father's murder and Amelia Woods was dismayed that World War II soldiers had taken up residence at Parham Hill. She had created a haven there for the children affected by the war and the American soldiers were a daily reminder of how their lives had been changed by the fighting. In the present-day Keira Foley becomes involved with a painting that has played a role in the other two stories and she must prove her ability to recognize true art versus reproduction as she evaluates this painting at the manor. Three different women whose stories are connected by an English estate, a cottage, a library, and a painting of Queen Victoria.
There are so many emotions woven into The Painted Castle: defeat, sadness, triumph, and exhilarating happiness. We are given glimpses of three beautiful romances but most of all, we receive the ultimate message of love. We are reminded of the need for forgiveness and redemption and that we can all achieve it through Jesus Christ.
Cambron possesses an unique talent in writing time-split novels and I never felt lost or confused about which story I was reading. She drew me in, she made me a part of their lives, and she made me sorry when I had to say goodbye.
In the author's notes there are some of the historical facts that added so much reality and I highly recommend The Painted Castle to all who enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. This review is voluntary and these thoughts are my own.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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About the Author
KRISTY CAMBRON is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.