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SC5 Stars Out Of 5Cambron has penned a remarkable story of faith in this split time novelFebruary 16, 2019SCQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kristy Cambron has penned a remarkable masterpiece in Castle on the Rise. The old castle and the streets of Dublin serve as a stunning backdrop to three stories that are united by a common thread of strength and fortitude. Cambron's attention to historical detail is apparent in her stories that are set during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the Easter Rising of 1916, of which I knew very little.
In most split time stories, I find I do not care for the contemporary story-line as much as the historical ones, however I would be hard picked to choose a favorite. Cambron has given us three strong women who find their courage in the midst of hardship. I found the theme of how we face the battles that come into our lives with strength and tenacity to be the unifying thread that pulled all three stories together. All three women found their strength in their love for family and country and in their faith in God. Be prepared to reach for a tissue as you read these stories of courage, healing from brokenness and most of all, hope.
Kristy Cambron remains one of my favorite authors, a master storyteller who challenges me through her stories, stories that inspire her readers to rise above life's battles, drawing strength that is anchored in our faith in God.
A couple of my favorite quotes:
"God is not absent in our pain. Nor is He indifferent to our questions. He's only ever as far as we turn our back an' walk away from Him."
" the rain always stops, just not in the moment we may want it to. So like God. His plan, our timin'."
"If we're taught anythin' after all this madness, it should be to fight for the deepest convictions we hold."
" But there's something about dreams that don't need fairy-tale endings to make life beautiful. We can still have the happy endings while we stand up to the sad."
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley and the author/publisher through CelebrateLit. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
B MaceAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Three different time frames - one incredible story!February 12, 2019B MaceAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My gosh! There are so many reasons why this book is a must read. The historical detail is incredible - I could almost see the streets of Dublin, feel the terror of rebellion, the frantic attempt to save lives from the flames and even picture the ruins of a castle that saw life centuries ago. I will admit I made copious notes as I read, trying to figure out how the different time frames came together. Evident through all of these were the Williams pears, pianos and faith - not prepackaged, but messy, raw and present even as the rain fell.
'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flames scorch you' Isaiah 43:2 (nkjv)
A heartwarming story of love and loss, restoration and hope and perhaps, as the author stated 'a story of rebellion, not just Ireland but in all of us'.
I received this book through Netgalley and CelebrateLit for my enjoyment. All impressions and opinions are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanting in the midst of life's strugglesFebruary 9, 2019Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Castle on the Rise is a lovely novel that is split into three different time periods all taking place in Ireland. The different time periods were present day, 1915-1916, 1797-1798 and all centered on an ancient manor and castle. I adore castles and any story surrounding a castle is a win-win for me, but with author Cambron's writing we are given bits and pieces of the stories as we discover who the past inhabitants were and how they lived their lives.
I enjoyed all three story lines- Laine and her little girl travel to France at first for the wedding of her best friend Ellie and Quinn who are about to start their happily ever after. Unfortunately as we find out along with Laine sometimes life throws a wrench into our plans. Laine is already dealing with some heavy issues so when Quinn's brother, Cormac, shows up at the wedding needing Quinn to help him with a family inheritance, Laine is ready to go with them.
The author vividly paints a beautiful portrait of Ireland, its land, and the people in all three timelines. Both of the historical timelines show the struggle Ireland had in wanting to be free of English rule. I don't know a lot of Irish history, but what I do know their struggles were very real and I felt them throughout this story.
I think my favorite timeline was the oldest, but it broke my heart. I really enjoyed the pieces of the puzzle that came together at the end that showed the generational connections with the castle and manor and those who lived there. This was epic storytelling that absolutely enchanted me. I look forward to the third in this series.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Grams5 Stars Out Of 5Immersed in another time and placeFebruary 7, 2019GramsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again Kristy Cambron has proven herself to be a stellar writer. She has never failed to pull me out of my present day circumstances and fully immerse me in another time and place. Castle on the Rise is set largely on the Ashford Manor Estate in Ireland in 1798, 1916, and present day. Cambron masterfully weaves together the stories of Maeve Ashford, Lady Isolde Byrne and Laine Forrester. Each lady's story is linked to Ashford Manor, each holds both heartache and victory. Their stories help readers to see that God is not absent in our pain, nor is He indifferent to our questions. Our trust in Him in spite of our pain and questions both pleases Him and brings us peace. While our own stories may not include castles, like these three ladies we do not have to wait for a fairy tale ending before we experience joy. Joy can be found as we walk in faith with God and with those whom He places in our paths through whatever life puts before us.
Cambron's diligent research and personal experience with the setting of this story take us to periods in Ireland's tumultuous history that demonstrate the chasm that existed between Protestants and Catholics and between the English and the Irish. We meet both men and women that are willing to make great sacrifices for what they believe in, willing to dig in and do the hard work of standing up for what they believe is right. Cambron develops characters that readers will hold dear, will root for, and may even cry for. Her dialogue was not only well written, but I found it impossible to read without an Irish brogue playing mentally in my head.
I highly recommend Castle on the Rise and, for those who have not read it, The Lost Castle, the first book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of Castle on the Rise from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Sandra Burson5 Stars Out Of 5This is a Must ReadFebruary 5, 2019Sandra BursonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again I am undecided on what to say about Kristy's Castle On The Rise. I love this author. Whatever she writes I want to read. She is such an incredible story teller.
I read the first book in this Lost Castle series and could not wait for the next one to come out. I was thrilled when it continued with some of the same characters. Yet, we get to meet more of this interesting family. With all of Kristy's books, this one was no different, once I start the first page, I have a hard time putting them down. She intertwines contemporary and historical stories in such a flawless way.
I am a push over for castles and Ireland, so for me this was a must read. This author has such an ability for making a setting come to life. At times I felt like I was right there. Get this book, I do not think you will be disappointed.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here in this review are my own.