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The Chateau de Doux Reves is a thirteenth-century castle in the Loire Valley of France, witnesses the past to present through three time-periods:
In 1789 when lost love and deep regret during the French Revolution.
In 1944 when a hidden chapel served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance Efforts in World War II.
Present day, Ellie heads to the Loire Valley to uncover the palace’s secrets before they’re silenced by her grandmother Lady Vi’s onset of Alzheimer’s
Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, each piece her grandmother tells unlocks the history and also unlocks a part where Ellie came from and who she is becoming.
Ellie heads to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before they are silenced forever.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
"Its been a long time since Ive been so thoroughly engrossed in a novel . . . The Lost Castle kept me spellbound!" Tamera Alexander, USA TODAY bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and Christmas at Carnton
Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own.
What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?
Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmothers bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .
Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie toowhere she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimers and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her familys history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beautya castle so named for Charles Perraults beloved fairy taleEllie embarks on a journey to Frances Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
Bridging the past to the present in three time periodsthe French Revolution, World War II, and present dayThe Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.
Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry 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. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully CraftedFebruary 19, 2018MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an amazing book. I have read all of Kristys book and enjoy each and every one of them. She has a unique voice and her style is this back and forth between present and past. This one even had another past.
I loved how each story links in some way. Because of the three stories going on it made it a fast read. Kristy hooked you at the end of each chapter, but of course the next chapter wasnt that story so you had to keep reading to see what would happen next,, every time.
Simply put this is a beautifully crafted story and I loved visiting France in these three different time periods and meeting each of these strong women who drove the stories.
A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5C'est Bon!February 15, 2018Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As intricate as a French tapestry, as lush as the Loire Valley, and as rich as Ellies favorite pain au chocolat, The Lost Castle satisfies on every level. The three timelines weave and build upon each other, as the three heroines navigate dangerous times and unravel ancient secrets. Kristy Cambrons writing evokes each era in loving detail, and the romances are touching and poignant. Cest bon!
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing Historical FictionFebruary 14, 2018ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
I enjoy reading books set in all different Eras, and this one takes readers on a historical journey to three wonderful places, and its all told from a Castle that holds many secrets of the three women in this story. Ellie Carvers grandmother has the answers to their family history but will she stay in her right mind long enough for Ellie to find these answers? I thoroughly loved joining Ellis in her journey to the Castle that would soon come to life and tell all of the secrets of women through the generations of time. On our journey, we meet three different ladies for each Era and Kristy Cambron does her magic in weaving the time in history, as well as the women we met into an interest and intriguing tale that will stay with me for a long time. Im with some of the other reviewers, The Lost Castle is a classic, a Fairy Tale at its best! There is one thing I didnt care for, and that is the inappropriate use of Gods name. For me, any use of His name other than the way the Bible uses it is just not right. And thats why the four stars.
If you enjoy historical stories, The Lost Castle is one you will thoroughly enjoy. I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 55.
A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully written masterpiece!February 11, 2018A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0The Lost Castle is a beautifully written masterpiece. Kristy Cambron writes fiction that feels like youre reading a classic. Her beautiful descriptions paint a lovely picture for me. I say it oftenI crave beautiful words on paper. Kristys books give me that and more. She is one of the few authors of modern day that possesses a melodic quality to her writingthe same tone and romantic aura that seeps from the literary greats like Dickens or Austin.
Heres what I loved about this book!
Do you ever consider your legacy? Will you make a difference in this world? These are things I consider often. Now that Im nearly middle-age, I wonder if people will remember me when Im gone. Will my words or actions have an impact on anyone? Will I leave a legacy? The Chateau de Doux Reves is a thirteen-century castle that is steeped in history. We are taken on a journey with Ellie as she pieces together her grandmothers connection to the castle.
The story is unique in that there are three timelines, modern-day, WWII era and the French Revolution. For each age, there are three strong women that readers are introduced to.
This book made me smile at times and cry at others. The author captured the uncertainty of life in a heartbreaking beautiful way. She captured lifewith all of the ups and downs.
Everything about this book was on point. The cover. The love. The loss. The heartbreak. And most of allthe triumph.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. Preferably with a good cup of coffee (or wineread the book to find out why) and definitely a box of tissues.
This book was provided to me by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Natalie Walters5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanting historical romanceFebruary 9, 2018Natalie WaltersQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A story unknown; a castle ruin with a secret held; and the captivating history of three women connected in a provincial fairytale landscaped through revolt and war. I was intrigued from the very beginning as three timelines begin the tale a single mystical character--a castle.
Set in France, the attention to setting transported me instantly to the French country side where foxes playfully weave through ripened vineyards of The Sleeping Beauty castle, Chteau des Doux-Rves. I love how easily I was integrated into the story though it did take me several chapters to get acquainted with the flow of timelines. I loved the different plot lines and felt like it satisfied so many of my favorite genres proving Ms. Cambron is a masterful storyteller. I enjoyed the formidable romances developed among characters of strength giving me cause to root for their happily-ever-after. The complexity of each plot entwined with enough suspense, drama, and mystery offering a page turning story impossible to put down.
The Lost Castle satisfied my book loving heart immensely. This is one of those books I'll happily and enthusiastically recommend whenever possible.
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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