of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
stampincass5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling & WonderfulAugust 17, 2019stampincassQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I received an eARC from the publisher. Here is my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. A triple timeline could be difficult to keep track of but I didn't struggle with staying with each story. In looking at poverty, war, aging, and love, this book touches lightly on them. The author could have delved deeper; but I wasn't disappointed by the light approach. The story felt like you were hearing about family history, so it that made sense.
There is quite a bit of insta-love. It seems unbelievable and yet, seems to be based on daily interactions, which we are not privy to as we touch in with each character at different points of time. (shrug) It's a book, with love as the central theme; thankfully, it wasn't cheesy insta-love.
I did feel like there was one of the most romantic proposals I've ever read in a book in the modern timeline. While I enjoy a good romance, I don't consider myself to be a "swooner"...but that one, I think I swooned, just a little.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Go inti thuis knowing as little as possible for maximum enjoyment.December 22, 2018Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Lost Castle is a wonderful story to literally 'get lost' in. Spanning three totally different time periods - Revolutionary France, WWII and modern present day - there was the odd occasion when the three timelines did get a tad muddled, but that was totally worth it to uncover the three connecting stories and see how they all wove together through this on amazing crumbling castle.
This title is a mystery, a love story and a suspense novel all rolled into one very pretty package (check out that stunning cover).
This is best gone into blind and simply letting the three stories unfurl like 3 stunning blooms. This is how I approached and it was well rewarded.
A fantastic historical read full recommended. ENJOY!
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Kym5 Stars Out Of 5A top favoriteDecember 16, 2018KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A castle. A brooch. Three women.
Bridging past to present- the French Revolution, World War Two, and present day- we read a remarkable story of love and loss, of battles fought and won, and others fought and lost. Of Ellie, who travels from North America to France's Loire Valley to find answers to her grandmother's life, secrets her grandmother has tucked into her Alzheimer's-ridden mind. Secrets Ellie needs answers to so she can understand herself.
No matter how much I try to speak about this story, no matter the words I try to use, I could never fully give it the justice, nor the commendation Kristy Cambron deserves for writing such a beautiful story. It swept me away with each woman's story, never once did I get confused on the timeline or whose story I was following. I was impressed with each woman's determination and their fierce love for others. This one definitely made my top favorites list of the year!
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are exactly those and I have not been compensated in any way, monetary or otherwise*
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanting!July 11, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"There's a story there. Waiting for me. I can feel it. I can't explain why; it's just there in the silence"
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron has quite the story - or rather stories to tell. Stories interwoven, casting a light to each other, it's a split-time novel that illuminates. One can really get lost in the beautiful prose the author crafted, from visual imagery of settings, to the nuances of emotions, The Lost Castle is exquisite.
"How could such luxuries of the heart survive when death remained such a cruel provocateur?"
From present day to the turbulent times of the Second World War to the French Revolution, each with a distinct voice, each with its own struggles to endure, but tying them together is the mystery and enchantment of one castle, Chteau des Doux-Rves.
"Crumbling walls were rare, beautiful things. They could display vulnerabilities without shame, for they'd already proven their worth in surviving generations-deep fractures and a multitude of fallen stones."
Beautiful and courageous as it stood the test of time, holding onto the secrets within, but still drawing close the ones that survived. With faith throughout, The Lost Castle also emanates with the thought and the feeling of hope, while readers let their emotions bind closely with our characters. A story read, a story endured, a story written, and a story that also moved us at some point.
"They'd been tossed together by a story and. . .isn't that what a story should do? Change us in some way?"
It's hard to pick a time period of The Lost Castle I loved the most, since all made me feel. I will say I find I connected with Ellie's story the most, compelled by Aveline's to continue on and touched deeply by Vi's. Each distinct, and each riveting and together, The Lost Castle held their stories, and revealed them with a bit of enchantment. In all, a story not to be wasted.
"The story we're writing in this life, day by day, it's a gift from God and we can't afford to waste a moment of it."
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Delightful Split-Time StoryJune 14, 2018SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "God's story for us doesn't end with a good-bye or the crumbling of stone walls on this earth. His faithfulness lasts through the generations, lavishing hope on a fallen world and love on the most broken of hearts. ... It is my hope that ... God would become the Repairer of Broken Walls as we walk our own story roads." -- Author's Note **
Kristy Cambron delivers a beautiful story centered around a French castle and three women whose lives intertwine over centuries as they are each deeply impacted by the structure in "The Lost Castle."
In present day, Ellie Carver is facing a daunting reality -- she's losing her grandmother, Lady Vi, to Alzheimer's. In a brief moment of clarity, Vi hints at a story and photo of her at a French castle in the 1940s. Never having heard this story, and knowing it has deep meaning, Ellie leaves for the Loire Valley in France to seek answers to Vi's past.
While on her journey, she meets Quinn Foley and his delightful grandfather, Titus Vivay, at the neighboring vineyard. Seeking out their help, Ellie and Quinn learn more about each of their histories -- growing closer and closer.
"The Lost Castle" also reaches back to the 1940s, 1944 in particular, telling Vi's story as a young woman and her involvement in World War II -- and what her connection is to Titus' vineyard.
We also learn the story of Aveline, a noblewoman set to marry a duke whose family owns the castle when a catastrophic event occurs during the French Revolution.
Cambron does a brilliant job of telling the stories of three extremely strong women, weaving together each woman's story, bringing together their journeys as each searches for true love, success after sacrifice, and real happiness. She writes in a deliciously descriptive manner -- for example: "Ghostly ruins took shape before her eyes, cutting through the mist and rising against the backdrop of trees. A shiver commanded attention as the chill of a night breeze swept along Ellie's skin, dancing wavy locks of ebony against her cheek."
"The Lost Castle" is a wonderful split-time novel, filled with not only romance but intrigue and suspense. Violet -- both the color and flower -- is an important piece of imagery throughout the story. And Cambron does a great job of subtly sharing reminders of important life lessons. This story reminds us that we can be safe, yet still feel hopelessly broken, and deals with ideas like staring down loss, overcoming despair, not abandoning hope, and choosing between what's easy and what's right.
Survival is a huge theme throughout "The Lost Castle," whether on a small scale or in life's major moments. And the story gives us an important reminder -- the constancy of God.
This is another delightful story by Kristy Cambron, and I look forward to the next -- the story of Laine, Ellie's friend who works at the care facility where Vi resides.
Fans of Kate Morton and other similar authors will love this book.
Five stars out of five.
Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.