Title: The Lost Castle
Author: Kristy Cambron
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
About the book:
A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France's picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.
As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother's bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer's, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history.
Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--the castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--and unearth its secrets before they're finally silenced by time.
Set in three different 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, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.
I just finished this amazing book about an hour ago and I have so many emotions and thoughts. I'm not sure how I will put all of my feelings into words.
I am trying to remember if I have read a book that had three time periods like Kristy Cambron's latest book, The Lost Castle has, and I can't. I am a huge historical fiction fan, and this book not only hits the mark historically, I adored the Sleeping Beauty twist.
Ms. Cambron does a wonderful job intertwining all three time periods with each of their intricacies into one flowing, engaging, swoon-worthy story set around a lost castle in Loire Valley.
The female characters that we meet in the time periods of present day, WWII, and in 1789 during the French Revolution are strong, and courageous. Their male heroes are valiant, and romantic, everything you want in a hero.
My Bottom Line:
The book is about love, faith, hope, loss but most of all victory in the midst of all the trials that swirl around us. I easily could have read this book in a day. Being a huge fan of Ms. Cambron's work I savored each word. Ms. Cambron has a way to make you feel as though you are apart of the story, and I did. I laughed, cried, and had heart skipping a beat moments. All the emotions that make reading an experience. I highly recommend this book and it will go on my keeper shelf next to the rest of Ms. Cambron's books.