Historical Romance Book Review: The Painted Castle
About the Book
Book: The Painted Castle
Series: A Lost Castle Novel (Book 3)
Author: Kristy Cambron
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes
the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried
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.
My ReviewThe Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel, Book 3), by Kristy Cambron, is a thoroughly compelling book from beginning to end. Exceptionally well-written, this novel connects intriguing events from the present with powerful events of the past to create a triple-timeline story that is very captivating. Ms. Cambron’s gift for storytelling is phenomenal. Excellent pacing and beautiful descriptions ensure this novel is a pleasure to read. With plenty of mystery, history, and romance, this book is certainly difficult to put down!
A significant setting, remarkable characters, and relevant themes, elevate and enhance this novel. The British castle setting plays a pivotal role in all three timelines, and becomes more than a mere location. It harbors truths waiting to be uncovered, adding to the romance, allure, and mystery of the story.
Though they must grapple with daunting secrets, peril, and uncertainty, the characters in this novel display a strength and determination that is profoundly inspiring. As they cope with loss, fear, and wariness, the characters manage to endure and hold fast to their purpose. Furthermore, in the midst of danger and heartache, fundamental themes of perseverance, justice, courage, sacrifice, and love offer encouragement and hope.
The Painted Castle is an utterly meaningful and moving novel. The interwoven timelines are wholly fascinating and truly memorable. This novel is engaging, inspiring, and extremely satisfying. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
*I received a copy of this novel through the publisher and CelebrateLit. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Kristy Cambron
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.
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About The Painted Castle
A war-torn estate holding its secrets close. A lost library bricked off from the world. And a portrait-maker’s unknown masterpiece of a Queen named Victoria… What stories do they long to tell?
It was supposed to be a one-week snatch-and-grab: 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 mystery of an old English manor, a crumbling beekeeper’s cottage, and a library that had long ago been sealed off brick by brick, all stir more questions than answers. What begins as a novice assignment instead peels back layers, lulling Keira into the depths of the estate’s long-forgotten history.
Despite questions swirling around the enigmatic, rumored art thief who’s employed her, Keira 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…
1842— In order to salvage what’s left of her family’s shaky circumstances, artist Elizabeth Meade knows her duty must be to marry well. But she hopes looks can be deceiving enough to hide her true motives behind a congenial smile and gain entry into the ballrooms of England’s noble elite. Instead of husband-hunting, Elizabeth searches for the one thing that’s seared to her memory—the eyes of her father’s killer, whom she unwittingly sketched one snowy night in Piccadilly ten years before. She never expects to find answers tucked away in the countryside at Parham Hill, in the form of a portrait-maker who could help her artist dreams come true, if only she could forget the highwayman she’s hunted for the last decade—the estate-owner who unwittingly selects her as his betrothed…
1942—When the 390th Bomb Group arrives at Amelia Woods’ Parham Hill Estate, the American flyboys bring playing cards, B-17 “flying fortresses”, and enough bravado to believe they can triumph over Hitler just by staring him down. Amelia isn’t certain, and she’s unwilling to compromise the safety and security in a carefully-crafted world she’s built for the dozens of London-evacuated children left in her charge. But with Anderson shelters buried in the gardens and an Allied airfield a stone’s throw away, Amelia may have no choice but to wait out the war under blackouts and bombs, and accept help from the captain who offers it—even if it means risking all she has left of her late husband’s memory…
From the streets of Piccadilly and the lavish halls of Buckingham Palace to the countryside surrounding Framlingham Castle, a warn-torn estate, a hidden library, and the lost portrait of a queen come together to write the final chapter in the Lost Castle series. 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 and the family we fight for, of risk and reward, and the artful crafting of a story that can be generations in the making… yet still change everything about a single life.
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