Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

Set in three different time periods, The Painted Castle takes readers on a journey through Victorian England, the end of World War II, and the modern day. Within the pages of this book, secrets that have been lost for generations are finally uncovered.

In Victorian England, Elizabeth Meade, a talented sketch artist, is engaged to Viscount Huxley. However, her true motive for being at Parham Hill, his estate, goes beyond art and marriage. Elizabeth is determined to avenge her father’s murder, even if it means marrying the man she believes is responsible.

A century later, Amelia Woods, a widow of World War II, has transformed Parham Hill into a boarding school for refugee children. When she receives orders to house a group of American pilots, Amelia strives to protect the children from the war. However, it proves to be a challenging task, especially with one particular officer vying for her affections.

In the present day, art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting at Parham Hill Estate. As she works alongside Emory Scott, a rumored art thief, Keira becomes intrigued by the mystery surrounding the painting. Could it be a duplicate of a famous Winterhalter masterpiece? And who is the artist behind it?

The Painted Castle has received high praise, with Kate Breslin, bestselling author of Far Side of the Sea, describing it as a “gripping tale of secrets hidden behind the walls of an ancient English castle.”

This book is a sweet historical split-time romance, and while it is the third and final installment in the Lost Castle series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Readers can expect a full-length story featuring three women, each finding their own happily ever after.

Book Review: The Painted Castle – A Compelling Tale of Mystery, Romance, and Artistic Intrigue

Hello and welcome back to my article on Christian faith and fiction. My name is Lou and today I will be providing a quick review of the book “The Painted Castle” by Christie Cambron. This book is the third installment in the Lost Castle series, which consists of a series of companion novels.

The Lost Castle Series

The Lost Castle series follows three siblings as they embark on separate journeys across various locations. The first book, “The Last Castle,” takes place in France and follows Le and Quinn. The second book, “Castle on the Rise,” is set in Ireland and follows Ellie’s friend Lainey and Cormac, Quinn’s brother. Lastly, “The Painted Castle” is set in England and revolves around Kyra, the sister of Cormac and Quinn.

A Brilliant Start to 2020

“The Painted Castle” was the first book I read in 2020, and it left a lasting impression. I found it to be a brilliant read that I believe will make it onto my top ten list for the year. The book captivated me with its gripping romances and the remarkable ability of Kristy Cambron to incorporate multiple cliffhangers into one captivating story.

Three Stories, One Manor

The book weaves together three different storylines, all centered around one Manor. Each story takes place in a different time period. In the present day, art historian Kiera Foley is hired to authenticate a painting, which she hopes will revitalize her career. However, her employer, Emery, has a questionable reputation as an art thief, leaving Kiera with many doubts.

In World War II, Amelia transforms the house into a refuge for displaced children, but her world is turned upside down when a group of American pilots seek shelter. Lastly, in the Victorian era, Elizabeth, a budding sketch painter, witnesses her father’s murder. Believing the person she has been sketching is the perpetrator, she seeks revenge, while her mother hopes to arrange a marriage to a wealthy suitor.

Masterful Storytelling and Suspense

Kristy Cambron expertly plays off each story against one another, connecting them in unexpected ways. This clever storytelling technique creates an atmosphere of suspense and tension throughout the book. The chapters alternate between each storyline, often ending with thrilling reveals that kept me eager to delve deeper into each narrative.

The Most Accomplished Book in the Series

Out of all the books in the Lost Castle series, “The Painted Castle” is undoubtedly the most accomplished. The well-developed characters and intricate plotlines make it my personal favorite. I am eagerly anticipating Christy Cambron’s next literary creation based on this compelling experience.

I rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Did you also enjoy “The Painted Castle” or any other works by Christie Cambron? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time!

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