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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Lost Castle - Kristy Cambron

My Rating
★★★★★★ - Heaven help me, you taste like Christmas! (More Info)

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.
This forgotten castle (Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers) was abandoned after a fire In 1932. Seeing it up close Is breathtaking.
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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. (From kristycambron.com)


My Thoughts

Where do I begin? There are so many emotions running rampant through my brain right now, I can't adequately express them all in words. 

I have said it before, and I will say it again...Kristy Cambron has been a favorite of mine before I even read any of her books. Her words are filled with such LIFE and TRUTH that you can't help but feel surrounded by God's presence and filled with His love as you read. Whether this be a blog post, a book, or anything else.  

With multiple timelines, the author keeps you on your toes as you jump from present day, to 1789 French Revolution, to the middle of WWII in 1944, and back again. Always centered around the lost castle in the Loire Valley.  It is easy to keep track of where you are and the added dimension sheds light on the story in a new way. 

Three courageous women, three swoon-worthy heroes, and a castle that binds them all together. I wish with all my heart that this whole story were real...To be able to look in my history book and see the names Vivay, Viola Hart, and Aveline Saint-Moreau staring back at me. 

This is a story of Courage, of Love, of Passion, and of Faith. The Lost Castle has found a very special place in my heart, because this is a story that will change you. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Lost Castle from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

KRISTY CAMBRON has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel. The Illusionist’s Apprentice (HarperCollins, 2017) is her fourth novel. Her first Bible study DVD and study guides, The Verse Mapping series, will release in 2018.
Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She loves storytelling from the stage and travels to speak about her love for Bible Verse Mapping throughout the year. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is everything — let her tell you about Him sometime.
Books by Kristy Cambron on Bookworm Mama


Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise. 

6 comments:

  1. Exceptional review, Rachel! I love Kristy's books! I'm so excited to read this series!

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    1. Thank you Caryl!!! I seriously felt like I barfed words onto the page...screen....keyboard....you know....it was just so hard to wrap my brain and emotions around it all.

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  2. Thanks for the review! Another great book to add to my TBR list.

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    1. Oh indeed! I would recommend it moving to the front of your TBR!!!

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  3. I'm reading this now and totally loving it!

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    1. Yaaaaaay! At first I was concerned about the 3 timelines. But WOW! So well done!

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