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Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England. It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England. It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.


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Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England. It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England. It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

30 review for The Painted Castle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Ahhh!!! Excuse me while I fangirl gush but this book was sooo good!! Rich descriptions, characters that will steal your heart, and a plot (or three!) that will keep you turning the pages. No sagging middle here folks. I was gripped from page one and engrossed in all three storylines. I kept picking a favorite only to change my pick every time the book jumped to the next time period. They were all that good. Just goes to show that Kristy Cambron is a master of story telling. I’ve loved all three Ahhh!!! Excuse me while I fangirl gush but this book was sooo good!! Rich descriptions, characters that will steal your heart, and a plot (or three!) that will keep you turning the pages. No sagging middle here folks. I was gripped from page one and engrossed in all three storylines. I kept picking a favorite only to change my pick every time the book jumped to the next time period. They were all that good. Just goes to show that Kristy Cambron is a master of story telling. I’ve loved all three of the books in this series and they are staying on my keeper shelf!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dragina

    This book is just so raw and gorgeous. I can't fathom how I'm going to write an adequate review. 💔 My heart is broken and weary, but yet whole. I can't even explain it. Kristy Cambron has taught me to love historical fiction far more than I ever thought was possible. My heart hurts just thinking about the emotions and memories twisted within me. Her words flowed right off the page and turned me soft--connected with me--in the same way Andrew Peterson managed in his book Adorning the Dark. Very fe This book is just so raw and gorgeous. I can't fathom how I'm going to write an adequate review. 💔 My heart is broken and weary, but yet whole. I can't even explain it. Kristy Cambron has taught me to love historical fiction far more than I ever thought was possible. My heart hurts just thinking about the emotions and memories twisted within me. Her words flowed right off the page and turned me soft--connected with me--in the same way Andrew Peterson managed in his book Adorning the Dark. Very few books ever touch me so deeply; very few authors manage to make my heart break in this manner. Some mess with my feels and "break my heart" .... but this one. This one's different. This one is more personal, more real somehow? When I finished it, it was like saying goodbye to my heart. My emotions shattered with these characters. I don't understand how Kristy Cambron does it....her words are just so raw and real and gorgeous. They hit you where it hurts and then heal you, but they never fail to leave their mark. You need to read something by Kristy Cambron. Especially if you love historical fiction. You won't regret it. In fact, it will probably be one of the best things that you've ever read. I will one day own this heart-shattering trilogy on my shelf. Enough rambling .... meet the characters. Keira ~ Sister to Quinn and Cormac, who has a love of historical paintings. Her finance just dumped and fired her, sending her back home to Ireland with a broken heart. She has now decided to never again let her heart trust. However, when a mysterious man who knows some of her backstory shows up and requests her help with appraising a painting of Queen Victoria her interest is piqued. But is Keira ready to trust again or will she fail to continue the legacy those before have left behind? Amelia ~ Widow and adoptive mother of hundreds of children, who treasures her library. When Allied soldiers suddenly show up on her property, requesting living quarters and threatening to upset the balance she's finally created, an inward war will break out. She's given up all hope of living happily-ever-after--besides in times of war you make no friends because the next day they're gone--so why would she trust again? But a brave young Yank continues to earn her trust and love as the days past, teaching her that maybe broken pieces are meant to fit together. Is she brave enough to make the leap when everything she loves is on the line? Elizabeth ~ Fatherless artist, who seeks justice for her father's murder. She has a lead: a young man with grey eyes. However, life seems destined to toss at her the worst fate and prevents her from getting the answers she seeks. While her mother is determined to marry her off Elizabeth hunts down clues in the darkness--painting all the while. When the answers finally come to life (in a way she never expected), she's asked to trust someone she's always hated. How can she love when everything she's ever believed in crumbles beneath her? Come on this journey through time, learn the lessons these women have learned. Feel their pain. Then take the leap of faith. Times have changed, but the question remains the same for you. Will you leap in faith for love if it means leaving everything else behind? **FTC DISCLOSURE** I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. My review is my personal opinion and has not been affected by outside opinions. If this review offended you, please don't take it personally. Everything stated was not meant to be offensive. Thanks NetGalley!! :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    ABCme

    Present day renovations at Parham Hill Manor lead to the discovery of a royal portrait and call for art historian Keira to move in. How did it get there and is it authentic? The reader gets familiar with the manor's former residents Elizabeth and Amelia by moving chapters from 19th to 20th century back to present time. The writing is good and pulls you right in. While quiet on the outside, turmoil rules inside the walls of the manor. Think murder, art theft, beehives, protective brothers and high Present day renovations at Parham Hill Manor lead to the discovery of a royal portrait and call for art historian Keira to move in. How did it get there and is it authentic? The reader gets familiar with the manor's former residents Elizabeth and Amelia by moving chapters from 19th to 20th century back to present time. The writing is good and pulls you right in. While quiet on the outside, turmoil rules inside the walls of the manor. Think murder, art theft, beehives, protective brothers and high society. I enjoyed following the three women in different time periods making the most their extraordinary circumstances. Each part in history has its own secrets and surprises, all coming together in the end. Wonderful setting and breathtaking surroundings make 'The Painted Castle' a joy to read. Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for the ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    read for endorsement: A richly layered narrative for readers of Pam Jenoff, Rachel Hauck and Sarah Sundin. Cambron’s welcome knowledge of visual art as well as her penchant for marrying passion for location with splendid descriptive construction create an ode to the timeless quest for romance across the centuries. The Painted Castle wields an artist’s attention to detail, impeccable research and sheer soul that stir the savvy reader to recognize they are being given the rare opportunity to peer i read for endorsement: A richly layered narrative for readers of Pam Jenoff, Rachel Hauck and Sarah Sundin. Cambron’s welcome knowledge of visual art as well as her penchant for marrying passion for location with splendid descriptive construction create an ode to the timeless quest for romance across the centuries. The Painted Castle wields an artist’s attention to detail, impeccable research and sheer soul that stir the savvy reader to recognize they are being given the rare opportunity to peer into an author’s heart.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    As the book opens, the reader is introduced to a young girl named Elizabeth. I was pulled in quickly with the vibrant emotions all while viewing this opening scene from her young eye. Many details are brought to light in that little snippet of time of Elizabeth's life. From there the reader finds themself racing across an English countryside, transported to Ireland in a well-known pub with a storm brewing outside, then once more transported to an English countryside on a beautiful sunny day whil As the book opens, the reader is introduced to a young girl named Elizabeth. I was pulled in quickly with the vibrant emotions all while viewing this opening scene from her young eye. Many details are brought to light in that little snippet of time of Elizabeth's life. From there the reader finds themself racing across an English countryside, transported to Ireland in a well-known pub with a storm brewing outside, then once more transported to an English countryside on a beautiful sunny day while war rages around. All three of these locations are set in different time periods and have a history and connection between them that will take the reader time to discover. A beautiful conclusion to this series, and quite possibly my favorite of the three. I truly enjoyed all of the books and the rich history of them, but this one, stole my heart. I also think that with each book in the series you come to know more about the modern day characters. The first two books are about the Foley brothers and this one is about their sister Kiera. I always enjoy when I can continue reading about characters that I've grown to love in other books of a series. I really enjoyed that we were able to have more from the Foley family as well as a fabulous ending. I don't think I could pick which of the three stories within this story was my favorite. I loved them all, especially the more I learned about them and the more I learned of their connection to each other. There is heartbreak and sorrow in each story. Challenges and struggles from the heroines' pasts. Then there are hopes and dreams, and yes, tender love and healing. I'm not going to go into details about the book. I will tell you that I struggled closing the book anytime I had to pause or take a break. I was drawn into the heroines' (and heroes') stories that I felt like I was there sharing in their journey. I will tell you that I loved the library and was immensely jealous of it. Hee Hee! I think I could hide away in there and never emerge again. And no, not just for the books, but for the beauty of it all. Or maybe I would emerge and go to the beekeeper's cottage as well. It's a tough choice. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, I think you would be ok reading this. Thinking back, the author provided back information for the Foley family to help the reader enjoy it if they chose to read it as a stand alone. But I highly recommend reading the whole series, especially if you love history, if you love multiple time periods in a story, and most especially if you enjoy a beautiful and tender love story. I guess I should also include if you love captivating writing. I will miss more books coming from this story but I can always go back and enjoy them again and again. I look forward to seeing what Kristy Cambron has in store for her readers next. Content: Clean. There are a few kisses throughout the book but nothing further. There are several moments of peril and suspense, one of the time periods is during WWII so that is to be expected. There is talk of death and loss. I received a copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Once again Kristy Cameron has left me speechless. She truly has a gift for storytelling. To weave masterfully three timelines that complete each other perfectly and keep my engage throughly is spectacular. I truly believe she has outdone herself with “The Painted Castle” and I can’t find the proper words to do this book justice. It’s quite an adventure from a bustling pub in Dublin to a mysterious manor in England, from war torn fields to a majestic library, from balls and the secrets hidden inside Once again Kristy Cameron has left me speechless. She truly has a gift for storytelling. To weave masterfully three timelines that complete each other perfectly and keep my engage throughly is spectacular. I truly believe she has outdone herself with “The Painted Castle” and I can’t find the proper words to do this book justice. It’s quite an adventure from a bustling pub in Dublin to a mysterious manor in England, from war torn fields to a majestic library, from balls and the secrets hidden inside an estate. The livrado these character are nothing short from beautifully broken and patched together to form a colourful mosaic. *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Cambron finishes her Lost Castle series with a bang. Her first book took the reader to a French Castle, the second to an Irish Castle, and the last takes us to the castle at Parham Hill Estate Framlingham England. Once again Cambron employs a split time story line each of which could be a wonderful stand alone novel. The time periods are mid 1800's, 1944 World War 2 as England is being bombarded by the Germans, and finally modern day as the castle is being restored. The central focus that blends Cambron finishes her Lost Castle series with a bang. Her first book took the reader to a French Castle, the second to an Irish Castle, and the last takes us to the castle at Parham Hill Estate Framlingham England. Once again Cambron employs a split time story line each of which could be a wonderful stand alone novel. The time periods are mid 1800's, 1944 World War 2 as England is being bombarded by the Germans, and finally modern day as the castle is being restored. The central focus that blends the 3 periods together is a painting. The contemporary period is also connected to the previous two books through the Foley family. Elizabeth Meade, Amelia Woods and Kiera Foley are the female MC's in each time period. Each is a strong, independent female who has unusual pursuits for her time period. The male MC's were each unique and interesting. I especially appreciated that the romance for each time period played a background to the suspense element. This book grabbed my attention from start to finish as the suspense drove the plot. Each story line was equally intriguing and kept me turning pages. The descriptions of the locale and the castle brought the book to life and made me want to hop a jet and fly to England. Each book in this series reads well as a stand alone; but you are definitely missing something if you don't read them all. FAVORITE QUOTE: "Books are a completely personal kind of journey. On the first page they ask us not only to be willing, but to be moved, changed, persuaded, even made new by the time we reach the end. Everyone's walk though is different." **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    4.5 In the third Lost Castle novel, Kristy Cambron intertwines stories across history with exquisite talent, and The Painted Castle proves to be a page turner, indeed. Kiera Foley (sister to the brothers featured in the previous two books) has the opportunity to restore order to her life with a trip to the East Suffolk countryside. Yet, what she finds there draws her into a centuries-old story, connected to women with incredible opportunities and lessons in trust. If you love historical-contemporar 4.5 In the third Lost Castle novel, Kristy Cambron intertwines stories across history with exquisite talent, and The Painted Castle proves to be a page turner, indeed. Kiera Foley (sister to the brothers featured in the previous two books) has the opportunity to restore order to her life with a trip to the East Suffolk countryside. Yet, what she finds there draws her into a centuries-old story, connected to women with incredible opportunities and lessons in trust. If you love historical-contemporary fiction, multiple timelines with an intriguing connection, and sweet, sweet romance, I highly recommend The Painted Castle (and the rest of the series). It’s a story worth reading. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is a delightful Christian novel and the third book in the Lost Castles series but can be read as a stand-alone. Once more Kristy Cambron has taken historical detail and facts and woven a marvellous tale. The novel is a triple timeline story being set in 1843, 1944 and present day. The focus is Framlingham in Suffolk and a private painting of Queen Victoria. Similar themes and a mystery unite the tales down the years. There are a wonderful mix of characters. I c The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is a delightful Christian novel and the third book in the Lost Castles series but can be read as a stand-alone. Once more Kristy Cambron has taken historical detail and facts and woven a marvellous tale. The novel is a triple timeline story being set in 1843, 1944 and present day. The focus is Framlingham in Suffolk and a private painting of Queen Victoria. Similar themes and a mystery unite the tales down the years. There are a wonderful mix of characters. I certainly had a favourite. See if you do too. War touches every aspect of society in 1944 as lives are both protected and torn apart. Huge hearts open homes to those in need. The desire to nurture and protect is strong. I really enjoyed The Painted Castle. I love Kristy Cambron’s tales as they educate and entertain. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    The Painted Castle was a fantastic end to a great series. As with the other two books in the series, Ms. Cambron offers three points of view all in different eras. We visit 1843, WWII, and present day. I loved each setting, each set of characters, and waiting to see how they were all linked. I think my favorite historical setting was the WWII story. So captivating and the hero…swoon! As for present day, Emory Scott is an understated hero but his heroine, is feisty and the youngest sister to the Fol The Painted Castle was a fantastic end to a great series. As with the other two books in the series, Ms. Cambron offers three points of view all in different eras. We visit 1843, WWII, and present day. I loved each setting, each set of characters, and waiting to see how they were all linked. I think my favorite historical setting was the WWII story. So captivating and the hero…swoon! As for present day, Emory Scott is an understated hero but his heroine, is feisty and the youngest sister to the Foleys. I loved seeing the characters from book one and two and the epilogue that concluded the series nicely. All in all, an enjoyable read. *I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    *Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free ebook copy for a review* And with that, the series ends. Beautifully pieced together and echoes of hope for the characters and readers alike. I read this slowly, savouring the stories of different settings. There's something to say for a writing style that enables you to imagine yourself with the characters, going through what they're experiencing. I adored Elizabeth, Amelia, & Kiera. I loved their stories and how they learned similar thing *Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free ebook copy for a review* And with that, the series ends. Beautifully pieced together and echoes of hope for the characters and readers alike. I read this slowly, savouring the stories of different settings. There's something to say for a writing style that enables you to imagine yourself with the characters, going through what they're experiencing. I adored Elizabeth, Amelia, & Kiera. I loved their stories and how they learned similar things, yet experienced vastly different events. 1840s England, a farm during World War Two, and a contemporary artist seeking the secrets of the past. The romance made me so happy. I really felt a deepness to the relationships, rather than just an attraction. The spiritual content was beautifully done and I really felt the richness of it even greater than the others in this series. There was one reference to "all that is holy", used flippantly. Overall, clean, intriguing and sure to mesmerize each reader. Go grab this whole series and be swept away. This grand finale truly made me smile and I can safely say it is my favorite of the series ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    The Painted Castle unfolds the mysteries of Parham Hill Estate through three intriguing women in three eras, united by a portrait, a library, and tragedies. Kristy Cambron lovingly sketches the English scenery, and the story is enriched though the glimpses of history. And the romance – sigh! I truly loved following all three stories and watching how they braid together. Highly recommended!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Once upon a time there was an avid reader who had her brain fried by the sheer artistry of an author's storytelling. The reader's short circuited neurons left her incapable of composing a review worthy of such literary mastery which resulted in ineffectual garbled run-on sentences as well as an accumulation of exclamation marks that would send an editor into fits of the vapors. (insert deep breath here.) Redundant phrases such as "This book is so good!!!!!" and "Too many heroes to swoon over!!!!! Once upon a time there was an avid reader who had her brain fried by the sheer artistry of an author's storytelling. The reader's short circuited neurons left her incapable of composing a review worthy of such literary mastery which resulted in ineffectual garbled run-on sentences as well as an accumulation of exclamation marks that would send an editor into fits of the vapors. (insert deep breath here.) Redundant phrases such as "This book is so good!!!!!" and "Too many heroes to swoon over!!!!! (note the exuberant punctuation) monopolized the review. Also, a disproportionate number of THUDs are cause for serious concussion concerns. Which may explain my muddle-headed addlepatedness. So, in the interest of clarity I've resorted to reviewing The Painted Castle in brief spurts of euphoria as follows: Evocative word choice!! Spellbinding plots!!! Triple timelines!!!! (Each story could easily read as a standalone novel) Impeccable pacing in regards to how the author weaves in and out of each time period. Reference of a favourite childhood picture book in a meaningful way (goosebumps on my goosebumps!!!!) Fiesty heroines and swoonworthy heroes!!!! (x 3) Toe-curling glimpses of my man Cormac (Castle on the Rise) bouncing between protective big brother mode and besotted daddy mode!!!! Tears-by-the-bucketful emotional romance (x3) Epic Epilogue!!!!!! Hope and Redemption There's even a wee bit o' Christmas And Amy Rubinate's incredible narration is the icing on the cake! Rich and delicious and soul satisfying!!! Sign me gobsmacked. "It's never about the end of a road, is it? It's about living and loving and the journey we take to get where we are. Right now. Right to this very moment...What lasts isn't what we build on our own, but the stories He builds in and around us."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron Three time periods: 1833-43, 1944 and present day Genre: Historical fiction and Romance Main characters: 1833-1843: Elizabeth Meade: Lost everything when her father was killed Keaton James: Viscout Huxley over Parham Castle Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Famous painter 1944: Amelia Wood: Widowed wife of a viscount during WWII Captain Wyatt Stevens: Leader of officers bunking at Amelia's castle Luca and Liesl: German brother and sister displaced Present Day K The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron Three time periods: 1833-43, 1944 and present day Genre: Historical fiction and Romance Main characters: 1833-1843: Elizabeth Meade: Lost everything when her father was killed Keaton James: Viscout Huxley over Parham Castle Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Famous painter 1944: Amelia Wood: Widowed wife of a viscount during WWII Captain Wyatt Stevens: Leader of officers bunking at Amelia's castle Luca and Liesl: German brother and sister displaced Present Day Keira Foley: Returned from New York where things fell apart for her Emory Scott: Offering Keira a temporary job in England Carter Wolmont: Inherited Parham castle Cormac Foley: Keira's overly protective brother Third and last of the Lost Castle series. As with the others, there are three time periods centering around a common castle. In this story the castle is on the estate of Parham Hill. Three women are the focus, each with healing journeys. In 1833, eleven year-old Elizabeth Meade witnessed the murder of her beloved father. Ten years later at 21, she finds herself the recipient of (and forced by her mother into) a marriage proposal by Viscout Huxley, the very person she's positive was the killer. Her intent: revenge. But as he shows her nothing but kindness, she begins to see things differently. 1944 Four years prior, Amelia Wood's husband, Viscount Arthur J. Woods, was killed while in the Royal Air Force, leaving her the viscountess of Huxley and mistress of the Parham Hill estate. Since 1938 Amelia had been sent displaced children to care for during the war. The nearby air field at Framlingham Castle had an overflow of American Army officers who were given orders to take up residence at Parham Hill estate. This full house and close quarters (with Captain Wyatt Stevens) set the stage for a growing friendship. Present Day, Keira Foley suffered a broken engagement, because of which she lost her impending doctorate and employment. Retreating to her family’s pub in Belfast with her tail between her legs, she was visited by Emory Scott offering her a chance to redeem some of her former status. At a little known abandoned castle at Parham Estates she’s tasked with verifying the painter of a recently discovered portrait of Queen Victoria. All the female main characters were likeable. My favorite, however, was Keira. Given the opportunity to brag on herself, she chose to bluntly tell it like it really was, often self-deprecating. She was honest, unpretentious and quite straight forward. It’s easy to see how she was well liked. The label Christian Fiction may not be entirely accurate. There was a definite faith element in all three time periods, but nothing was about Christ. Praying, speaking about God and one's faith, but not specifically Christian. But it was clean, and well done without being ultra overt. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m glad there were only three books in this series, as the stories were somewhat similar: Always about three women in three time periods living in or dealing with a castle. But each story stood out enough to make them unique.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/35CnbHK Kristy Cambron excels at the split-time novel, a form I have always enjoyed, but even more so in Cambron’s talented hands. Each of her novels has been a masterpiece, but the Lost Castle series has especially resonated with me. While The Painted Castle beautifully concludes the series, I wish it could go on and on. The Painted Castle enveloped me in three time periods – Victorian England, World War II, and current day. Three strong women captu Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/35CnbHK Kristy Cambron excels at the split-time novel, a form I have always enjoyed, but even more so in Cambron’s talented hands. Each of her novels has been a masterpiece, but the Lost Castle series has especially resonated with me. While The Painted Castle beautifully concludes the series, I wish it could go on and on. The Painted Castle enveloped me in three time periods – Victorian England, World War II, and current day. Three strong women captured my heart and imagination as they journeyed through painful loss with the determination to heal, and then learned to love again. This is such an evocative, atmospheric novel, with each era realistically and vividly conveyed. The three time periods are seamlessly connected, not only through the richly developed characters, but through an English estate, beekeeper’s cottage, library, and an intimate painting of Queen Victoria. I was fully invested in each era, with my favorite being whichever one I was reading at the time. Cambron has crafted a story rich with emotion and chemistry between each hero and his leading lady. Best of all was the way the faith element was woven into the threads of this story, coming across as a natural part of their lives. This quote is so very true: “What lasts isn't what we build on our own, but the stories He builds within and around us." Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The Painted Castle is a tremendous conclusion to the Lost Castle series. This series had me dreaming of discovering and exploring a castle of my own. While each book tells the story of a different family member in the Foley family, each can be read as a standalone. Kristy Cambron expertly weaves the separate stories of three heroines, separated in time, into a brilliant masterpiece. While I am usually most engrossed in the historical story lines of a split time novel, I found all three heroines The Painted Castle is a tremendous conclusion to the Lost Castle series. This series had me dreaming of discovering and exploring a castle of my own. While each book tells the story of a different family member in the Foley family, each can be read as a standalone. Kristy Cambron expertly weaves the separate stories of three heroines, separated in time, into a brilliant masterpiece. While I am usually most engrossed in the historical story lines of a split time novel, I found all three heroines and their stories to be enthralling. The author's love for art and architecture is apparent in this story that is a work of love, blessing her readers with a message of hope and redemption. One of my favorite quotes from the book: "I have to believe there's no guarantee of anything good in this life outside of the One who offers it to us. It's like the castle stones over there. They've gone on for generations. What lasts isn't what we build on our own, but the stories He builds within and around us." Cambron's talent of storytelling will have her future books at the top of my TBR list. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    This is one of those novels that I wanted to like more than I did. The writing was excellent but I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I liked how each time slip was connected to each, but again it didn't affect me emotionally. Each relationship between each woman in each of the timeslips I felt didn't have the information that I needed to really like either of them. This sucks for me

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Dixon

    The Painted Castle is the third and last book in The Lost Castle series. Im sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the characters and so many different times. As in the other two books, this one has three different timelines also, which I normally don’t care for very much. Kristy Cambron has merged these together to form a story I had a hard time putting down. It was hard to not skip forward as I was eager to see what happened next. The characters and castle have grown on me as I read t The Painted Castle is the third and last book in The Lost Castle series. Im sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the characters and so many different times. As in the other two books, this one has three different timelines also, which I normally don’t care for very much. Kristy Cambron has merged these together to form a story I had a hard time putting down. It was hard to not skip forward as I was eager to see what happened next. The characters and castle have grown on me as I read the story. The mystery of the history of this castle was of course intriguing. The characters were easy to like and I was rooting for them throughout. Kristy also has added some characters that bring a light humor to the story. I love all the descriptions she uses of the places and times in her stories. Overall, very well done and I think my favorite in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    This was a book that I said yes to before realizing that it was part of a series. When I realized that it was indeed part of a series, I was a little apprehensive about reading it because it was the third book in the series. But I really wanted to read it because it sounded so incredibly good and I love ‘sweeping’ novels and this book promised that and so much more so I didn’t want to pass on in simply because I hadn’t read the other books. So I decided that I was just going to have to read it and This was a book that I said yes to before realizing that it was part of a series. When I realized that it was indeed part of a series, I was a little apprehensive about reading it because it was the third book in the series. But I really wanted to read it because it sounded so incredibly good and I love ‘sweeping’ novels and this book promised that and so much more so I didn’t want to pass on in simply because I hadn’t read the other books. So I decided that I was just going to have to read it and see how it went. I know I have had my eye on the first book for quite a while so I debated about going back and reading that one first but ran out of time so I went into this one simply hoping that I wasn’t lost in the series! So I had zero call for worry on being lost in this story. It was easily a standalone book. I wasn’t at all lost which was such a relief! I think the series implies that the books will be connected through characters, which is often the case with series where characters carry over etc. But from what I could tell with this one, it was specific to the castle rather than the characters if that makes sense. I was so relieved that this was the case! It was an outstanding read for me and I immediately ordered the other books in the series because I was roped into this one from the very beginning. There is nothing that speaks to my heart like multigenerational historical fiction with castles and manor houses! The three timelines in this book flowed seamlessly and effortlessly. It’s not often that I feel that each timeline is fully formed and strong. Often one story is stronger than the other but not in this case. Each one was exciting, interesting, and well developed! It was so well done and I enjoyed each plot independently as well as woven together. This is an ambitious book and I thought that Cambron executed it exceptionally well. There was a lot of ground to cover not just with the timelines but with the characters as well as incorporating some of the Christian themes. It wasn’t an easy novel to weave together I’m sure, but Cambron made it look effortless! If I had to pick a character that I liked most I think I would say Amelia. It’s difficult to say why but I just felt such a connection to her and really enjoyed her storyline. This book had a lot to love and I was hooked from the beginning as I have said. I loved all the characters and never felt bored or as though the book was in any way slow. It clipped along at a nice pace and kept me more than interested. I can’t wait to read the other books in this fantastic series! See my full review here

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Q

    This is a heartwarming story entwining three different generations in three different time periods, and at the heart of each is the same special library and the mysterious portrait it holds. The portrait mystery is based on a real portrait of a young Queen Victoria painted by Franz Winterhalter, known as "the secret picture," featuring Victoria in a more informal pose for her husband, Prince Albert, and the mystery of who painted the copy of it and how it came to be walled away in a secret libra This is a heartwarming story entwining three different generations in three different time periods, and at the heart of each is the same special library and the mysterious portrait it holds. The portrait mystery is based on a real portrait of a young Queen Victoria painted by Franz Winterhalter, known as "the secret picture," featuring Victoria in a more informal pose for her husband, Prince Albert, and the mystery of who painted the copy of it and how it came to be walled away in a secret library drives the present-day story. It's rare that I enjoy all of the story lines equally in a multi-stranded story. I usually find myself drawn more to the past, but in this case I was hooked on all three. Three women trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after tragedy and heartache, trying to find themselves and their place in changing worlds. I was so engrossed and so anxious to see how each story would play out that I did not want to put the book down. The suspense, the anticipation, the romance--all struck a perfect balance. And it was an emotional read on many levels. This is inspirational fiction, but that theme is very light. It's practically nonexistent in the two past story lines but it's surprisingly more relevant in the present-day story, and I thought that a nice twist. I'm tempted to rate this five stars just on all the feels alone, but I can't overlook how rushed the resolution of each story line felt. Endings can make or break a book. The ending certainly doesn't break this one, but after so much delicious buildup, I would have liked a little more time spent on wrapping up each story. Some things took place off the page and I questioned why the reader wasn't made privy to those plot points as they happened. And I still have some questions, particularly about Viscount Huxley. It's still a satisfying ending; I just wanted a little more insight and closure to make it perfect. I have not read the first two books in this series, and I did not feel this story suffered at all for not having read them as they are only loosely connected, but I definitely want to read them now! The Painted Castle is rich, emotional storytelling, weaving together three eras and illuminating how, though times change, the human experience doesn't. Highly recommended for romantic historical fiction lovers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third A Lost Castle Novel. I was not aware of this when I picked up the book. It did not hinder my enjoyment of the story until I reached the epilogue which made references the earlier books. I thought the story contained good writing with thoughtful pacing. The Painted Castle moves back-and-forth between three time periods which are 1843, 1944 and present day. The characters are developed and suit each era. My favorite was Amelia Woods, a widow, who i The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third A Lost Castle Novel. I was not aware of this when I picked up the book. It did not hinder my enjoyment of the story until I reached the epilogue which made references the earlier books. I thought the story contained good writing with thoughtful pacing. The Painted Castle moves back-and-forth between three time periods which are 1843, 1944 and present day. The characters are developed and suit each era. My favorite was Amelia Woods, a widow, who is running the estate and caring for children who need a safe haven during the war. Then a group of fly boys descend on the estate led by Captain Wyatt Stevens. I liked the inclusion of the story about the creators of Curious George. Kiera Foley has an impressive resume and is hired to authenticate a painting discovered in Parham Hall Estate. She is distrustful of Emory Scott, but the painting draws her in along with a charming beekeeper’s cottage that needs restoration. Elizabeth Meade saw her father murdered and she sketched a man who witnessed the event. She grows up determined to get justice for her father while raised under her mother’s domineering thumb. Eleanor Meade needs Elizabeth to marry well and Viscount Huxley who owns Parham Hall Estate is her choice. As Kiera researches the painting secrets of the past are revealed. The Painted Castle is an intriguing story, but it is hard to get engrossed in the story with all the back-and-forth. I wish there had been a better flow to this multi-faceted story. I enjoyed Kristy Cambron’s descriptive writing which brought the scenes alive for me. The romance is plagued with miscommunication and misunderstandings (our poor couples). The Painted Castle is a dramatic and intriguing tale with stolen artwork, protective brothers, a hidden library, a famed artist, a discovered painting, and a regal queen.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Loved loved loved it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... I fell into this book, and I didn’t want to leave! I loved every moment I spent in the pages of this captivating book! Resplendent with vivid imagery, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters all brought this story to life in my imagination. I equally enjoyed all three of the story-lines and thought that Kristy Cambron tied them together quite brilliantly! These characters pulled me in and invited me along the journey. I felt every heart-p See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... I fell into this book, and I didn’t want to leave! I loved every moment I spent in the pages of this captivating book! Resplendent with vivid imagery, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters all brought this story to life in my imagination. I equally enjoyed all three of the story-lines and thought that Kristy Cambron tied them together quite brilliantly! These characters pulled me in and invited me along the journey. I felt every heart-pounding moment right along with them. The mystery, the tender romance, and even the heart-breaking moments that had me reaching for the tissue box. A Christmas dance in stocking feet to the sound of a crackling fire, and many other tender moments that had me holding my breath in anticipation of what would be said next. Intense, and searing the story held me in its grip. Each of the three time-lines equally captivated my imagination and griped my heart in unexpected ways. Each left indelible marks on my heart that shall stay with me long into the future. I give this book 5-enthusiastic stars and encourage you to enjoy this story yourself at your earliest convenience! (I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    Wow what an incredible conclusion to the Lost Castle series! Kristy Cambron has quickly made her way onto my must-read authors list. She knows how to grip a readers heart and keeping it until long after the back cover has closed. Amazing. One thing I appreciated about this novel was the level of connection I seemed to develop with each of the heroines. Their hearts were laid bare before the reader in such intimate and tangible ways that our journeys became entwined. It felt as if the pages had st Wow what an incredible conclusion to the Lost Castle series! Kristy Cambron has quickly made her way onto my must-read authors list. She knows how to grip a readers heart and keeping it until long after the back cover has closed. Amazing. One thing I appreciated about this novel was the level of connection I seemed to develop with each of the heroines. Their hearts were laid bare before the reader in such intimate and tangible ways that our journeys became entwined. It felt as if the pages had stolen my own heart and kept it captive through the very end.  While in most cases if I heard a book was going to have 3 separate timelines I would find that overwhelming, in this case it blended perfectly and I had no problem diving into each setting. Each chapter ended perfectly to prevent the book from being able to be put down. As the story progressed and the missing links started to fall into place I found myself reading faster to find out what would happen while wanting to read slower to spend more time in their world.  Even though this is the third book in the series it could easily be read as a standalone. There were a few pieces of the contemporary thread you might feel a little lost on, but they wouldn't hinder you from understanding the overarching theme of this one. Both historical threads are exclusive to this read. This is a series I'd easily consider a must-read. I can't wait to see what Kristy Cambron comes up with next! *I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I've been reading this series since the beginning and this is my favorite! The three timelines and stories were so good! Three amazing couples discovering love in less than ideal circumstances. Three settings that pull the reader in—Victorian age, WWII, and present time. In the other books, I usually had a couple that was my favorite, but not in this book. I was rooting for each one from the beginning, hoping they'd each find their own HEA despite the insurmountable odds and tragic pasts. Then the I've been reading this series since the beginning and this is my favorite! The three timelines and stories were so good! Three amazing couples discovering love in less than ideal circumstances. Three settings that pull the reader in—Victorian age, WWII, and present time. In the other books, I usually had a couple that was my favorite, but not in this book. I was rooting for each one from the beginning, hoping they'd each find their own HEA despite the insurmountable odds and tragic pasts. Then there's intrigue, suspense, mystery, amazing attraction and beautiful moments. As usual, the research for each period was excellent, and I particularly liked how each period/story/couple related to the next one in history. The stories flow easily from one chapter to the next, and I was always looking forward to catching up with each couple. I also enjoyed the updates on Keira's older brothers from the other books. All in all, an amazing read. I recommend you read the whole series. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite Gray

    What an imaginative adventure through three historical times, each adding a layer of mystery and clues to answer questions about an impressive painting of Queen Victoria. I’ve read the first two Lost Castle novels by Kristy Cambron and loved them. This one is as mysterious and entertaining. As a reader, I try to figure out the strings attaching the different periods, but Cambron does such an excellent job of adding a few bits at a time, that I find I don’t want to put the book down. Even if I di What an imaginative adventure through three historical times, each adding a layer of mystery and clues to answer questions about an impressive painting of Queen Victoria. I’ve read the first two Lost Castle novels by Kristy Cambron and loved them. This one is as mysterious and entertaining. As a reader, I try to figure out the strings attaching the different periods, but Cambron does such an excellent job of adding a few bits at a time, that I find I don’t want to put the book down. Even if I didn’t know the reputation the author has for historic detail, I would pick up the book because of the word “castle.” Yes, I’m that enamored with anything to do with castles—famous ones, ruins, forgotten, various countries. The history draws me to them and the people who lived there. The author is able to sustain romance, art, history, family drama, and “odd” personalities in order to complete a riveting novel. I don’t know if there is a book four, oh but I hope so.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I enjoyed this Historical Fiction novel and the writing is absolutely fabulous and well-researched. The descriptions were so rich with detail and with characters you will absolutely fall in love with. I enjoyed the three time periods equally and they are beautifully weaved into this amazing story. Cambron has three strong characters in the three different time periods with a suspenseful plot that will absolutely have you turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as I I enjoyed this Historical Fiction novel and the writing is absolutely fabulous and well-researched. The descriptions were so rich with detail and with characters you will absolutely fall in love with. I enjoyed the three time periods equally and they are beautifully weaved into this amazing story. Cambron has three strong characters in the three different time periods with a suspenseful plot that will absolutely have you turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as I have become a fan of Cambron’s exquisite writing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel Book 3) by Kristy Cambron is Split Time Christian Historical Mystery Fiction. The Split Times are in 1843,1944 and present day in an English Castle. Secrets, a mysterious death, an unusual book, art work linked to a queen and a famous artist. The characters experience the reality of life with trials but God is always present changing and fulfilling their lives. Interesting actual historical details of each time period are woven into the story. This book is The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel Book 3) by Kristy Cambron is Split Time Christian Historical Mystery Fiction. The Split Times are in 1843,1944 and present day in an English Castle. Secrets, a mysterious death, an unusual book, art work linked to a queen and a famous artist. The characters experience the reality of life with trials but God is always present changing and fulfilling their lives. Interesting actual historical details of each time period are woven into the story. This book is a part of a series that may be enjoyed alone or read in order. The similarities in the books are Split Time, Historical, Castles and Mysteries. The differences are in the time periods, characters, places and stories. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book by Kristy Cambron because of various historical subjects, the storylines and her writing style. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lou Allen

    This was the first book I read in 2020 and I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t end up on my top 10 list for the year. It was brilliant. I loved all three romances and I don’t know how Kristy Cambron managed to fit so many cliffhangers into one book. The book follows three different stories that all revolve around one manor but take place at different times in history. The author did a great job of playing each story off against the others and finding ways to link them. The end result was that it This was the first book I read in 2020 and I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t end up on my top 10 list for the year. It was brilliant. I loved all three romances and I don’t know how Kristy Cambron managed to fit so many cliffhangers into one book. The book follows three different stories that all revolve around one manor but take place at different times in history. The author did a great job of playing each story off against the others and finding ways to link them. The end result was that it created a sense of suspense and curiosity for the reader. Several chapters end with a big reveal which left me impatient to get back to the next chapter in that point of view. But then she would go and do the same thing for the next story and the next chapter, leading you on throughout the book. I felt like this was the most accomplished of all three books in the series and I loved all the main characters. Of the three books in the Lost Castle series, this was my favourite. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Kristy Cambron writes next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    Again, late to the party? So it would seem. This third and final book of author Kristy Cambron's "Lost Castle" series was my own introduction to her exquisite writing. Her love for art and history is evident in the lush descriptive prose of the three time periods represented in this book (Victorian, World War II and present day). Her historic research - impeccable. Each character is well fleshed out and seemingly real as each holds a personal secret of brokenness. The reader, as witness, observe Again, late to the party? So it would seem. This third and final book of author Kristy Cambron's "Lost Castle" series was my own introduction to her exquisite writing. Her love for art and history is evident in the lush descriptive prose of the three time periods represented in this book (Victorian, World War II and present day). Her historic research - impeccable. Each character is well fleshed out and seemingly real as each holds a personal secret of brokenness. The reader, as witness, observes the slow guarded removal of barriers of the heart as characters connect with one another in their respective time. The book is history with mystery and a touch of chaste romance. The present day story centers around the discovery of a mid-19th century painting found hidden in an old manor house in Sussex, England. Keira Foley, a talented art historian is brought in to authenticate the painting's provenance in anticipation of a public reveal. The 19th story provides us the background material for the painting's creation and the WWII story sets the stage for its sequestering. All in all, this was a wonderful interweaving of three lovely stories deftly created by Ms. Cambron. She knows her art and her history well and reveals her love for both through her highly descriptive writing. The images her words painted were as elegant as as an highborn lady and as scenic as the rise of sun across a mist-covered meadow. I eagerly look forward to reading the first two books of this beautiful series by a gifted writer. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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