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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.
Number of Pages: 368
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
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Lost Castle Kristy Cambron (4.5 Stars)February 20, 2018Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In modern-day Michigan, Ellie Carver hopes for more days with her beloved grandmother, who is slipping away into an Alzheimers-induced fog of confusion. However, an unexpected day of lucidity and unexpected stories from the past leads Ellie on an unanticipated trip to France, in search of a castle and the truth about her grandmothers experiences during World War II. The castles history and impact on the lives of others, both during World War II and the French Revolution, intrigue Ellie and her newfound friends as they seek to solve the mystery of the castles current owner and the legacy of faith, love, and loss that the property inspires. When she finally discovers the truth, Ellie must ultimately choose between continuing on her previous path or embracing the hard-won heritage of her grandmother.
In The Lost Castle, Ms. Cambron ambitiously writes a story the bridges three separate time periods, while interweaving the experiences of characters that find their lives changed at a mysterious castle in Frances Loire Valley. Fans of Ms. Cambrons work will find this novel to be well worth the read.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Lost Castle. Ms. Cambron paints an elaborate image to start off the novel, leaving her readers to wonder at the possibilities for the story. However, the imagery is soon left behind in favor of a complicated plotline that follows three different women through their respective experiences at the Sleeping Beauty castle. In general, I liked the overall story, but I could see some readers struggling to follow the plot. The novel depends on three different time periods and even those stories are told out of sequence. Altogether, I could see some readers, particularly those who casually read books over the course of long periods of time with many interruptions, becoming frustrated when they lose track of a storyline, character, or entire period in history. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Cambron comes up with next, as she has hinted that she may develop future novels that build on characters introduced in The Lost Castle.
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Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
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.