I will read anything Kristy Cambron writes. I’ve loved every book of hers for its own special reasons. The Lost Castle is no exception. It surprised me and swept me away in ways I didn’t see coming. It consumed my full attention and captured my heart, making it hard to move on afterward. The heartbeat of this story will stick with you. It’s absolutely beautiful, inside and out.
The three timelines carry remarkable grit and emotion. Each character left such an impression on me. The historical details and beautiful prose added wonderful layers. The castle itself – with its fairy-tale mysteries and secrets – played a fascinating role.
I will admit I got lost, occasionally, in the various timelines and had to flip back to remember where the separate story had left off. But don’t let that scare you away. The story is well worth the journey and you won’t want to miss a single page.
I didn’t want to put the book down and stayed up way too late one night to finish. I sat there in tears, amazed at the story’s beauty and power and the way the author painted the love of Christ throughout. I closed the book, heart too full to speak.
I find myself days later still thinking about it. I’m not quite able to move on to another book just yet. I’m not quite ready to let go, if that makes sense. The Lost Castle is special and poignant, with a message you won’t easily forget. There’s grief and loss, but the light and hope far outweigh the heartache.
I highly recommend this book. Like I said, I’ll read anything Kristy Cambron writes. 🙂
I received a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A thirteenth century castle, Château de Doux Rêves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley…
Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old 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 too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
Bridging the past to present in three time-periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and 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.
The most important thing? Jesus is everything— let her tell you about Him sometime.
Visit her at https://kristycambron.com/