Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle Book #2) by Kristy Cambron Reviewed

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

About the book:

Title: Castle on the Rise
Author: Kristy Cambron
Series: Lost Castle
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

A storied castle. A band of rebels. And a nation chasing the centuries-old dream of freedom . . . What legacy will they leave behind?
When Laine Forrester travels to France to attend her longtime friend's vineyard wedding, she expects to find a bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks--a devastating diagnosis, a castle restoration put on hold, and the emergence of deep-seated family dynamics that threaten to derail the new couple's fledgling marriage--it seems the storybook life Laine had imagined for her friend--and once, for herself--is suddenly crumbling before her eyes.
With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending for one of them, Laine throws support behind her friend and agrees to accompany the couple to the groom's family home in Ireland, where the merging of a mysterious inheritance, long-buried wounds, and a fractured family set out to upend the trip from the start. It's in the unlikely corners of a historic Dublin pub, and across the wide-open moors bordering Ireland's majestic Wicklow Mountains, that Laine is slowly drawn in by the land and the people, sparking hope for something she never imagined possible: the courage to heal. But with secrets of her own--and a heart afraid to trust again--Laine must determine how much she's willing to risk in mending the broken places within herself, and whether she believes that even through the depths of our pain, a beautiful story can emerge.
Set in three time-periods--the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century, Ireland's turbulent Easter week of the 1916 Rising, and present day--Castle on the Rise weaves a story of legacy, conviction, and redemption against the backdrop of Dublin's storied streets, and the stretch of Ireland's stunning emerald shores. It raises the question: given the choice between the fairy tale or a life of truly anchored faith--which legacy would you choose?

About Kristy Cambron:

KRISTY CAMBRON is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. Kristy is a Women's Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at 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, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway. 
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, working in partnership with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a peppermint mocha latte and a good read. 
The most important thing? Jesus is everything— let her tell you about Him sometime.

My Thoughts:

First, is that cover not breathtakingly beautiful? When I saw this cover back last summer I just wanted to walk right into the cover and linger there. Which is exactly what this story does. With her creative skill Ms. Cambron transports you to Dublin, Ireland into three different time periods giving you no reason to leave. I easily could've read this book in one sitting but it begs to be savored and enjoyed like a good meal. Each of these time periods weave together seamlessly making you truly feel apart of the story.

I am not even going to attempt to choose a favored heroine. Each were crafted just beautifully. Oh, those heroes! Swoon-worthy are the only words to describe them. I was partial to the pirate. 

I have been a huge fan of Kristy Cambron's since The Butterfly and the Violin.  Her writing just continues to get better and her research is phenomenal! 

I literally knew nothing about the historical time periods in this novel but I walked away with some understanding of the time periods, which is just one of the many reasons I love historical fiction. 

I highly recommend this novel. I do recommend that you read the first book, The Lost Castle just because you'll understand the story better.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via Thomas Nelson/Zondervan in association with Ms. Cambron's street team. I was not required to write a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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