Castle on the Rise

Castle on the Rise

by Kristy Cambron


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ISBN-13: 9780718095499
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Lost Castle Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 83,833
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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. She's 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, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. 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 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 coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

— Isaiah 43:2 (nkjv)

Present Day Les Trois-Moutiers Loire Valley, France

Fairy-tale weddings never included rain on the guest list.

Or snow — and they had both.

November possessed an obstinate will, and Laine Forrester defied every raindrop that dared linger upon the leaded-glass windows on her best friend's wedding day. Misty hollows clung to the autumn landscape outside the estate house at the Domaine du Renard vineyards and shadowed corners of the guest suite inside. Even as the clock nudged toward evening and they'd begun fitting Ellie in her bridal gown, the sky refused to relent.

By the time Laine escorted Ellie along the road to Château des Doux-Rêves — "The Sleeping Beauty," as the castle was affectionately known — a thin layer of white had frosted limbs of wild plums that lined the road on both sides. Snowflakes drifted down to greet them against a palette of winter grays and violets.

Even with a stunning landscape, Laine now wished they'd thought better of the walk beforehand, as a tea-length bridesmaid dress of satin and lace was not winter's favorite companion. Each time the wind shifted, it sent those pretty little flakes straight down her bodice, and she was forced to reconsider the whole France is romantic notion she'd built up in her mind.

"Ellie — you're sure you don't want the driver to take us to the chapel steps? I'd hate for you to have to walk all this way."

"And miss this view? Never. I told the man to drop us off at the front gate or I'd refuse to pay him. And I meant it."

Laine had to admit, her friend was wearing the bride image well.

The glow. The confident smile. The little kick in her step as they walked ... all of it, down to the vintage 1930s bridal gown they'd found just days before, waiting in a shop window in Village Saint-Paul — the eclectic block that was home to some of Paris's best tucked-away treasures. Ellie had paired it with a loose-braided chignon at her nape in twists of ebony. It was in deep contrast to Laine's shorn and newly platinum style, but an equal complement to the wine and deep plums in their bouquets.

The bride draped a lavender-gray stole across her shoulders — the something old and something borrowed from her husband-to-be's grandmother. And despite a few noticeable shivers shared with Laine, Ellie seemed at peace — very unbride-like.

Even un-Ellie-like, come to think of it.

It seemed they'd flipped personalities, and Laine's usual steadiness had been replaced with a skittishness in every second breath. She trailed behind, ready to save the bride from falling into a snowbank.

"I still think Quinn would take issue with this. Does he know you opted for a hike through the forest before exchanging vows?"

"Who's going to tell him now?" Ellie challenged, angling her heel around a tiny patch of ice.

"Of course I wouldn't say a word. But it doesn't feel the least bit honorable to make you hike in those shoes — or in the snow, for that matter. We'll be the traditional something blue when we do get you to the chapel. Wraps only cover so much, you know."

"It's just a dusting." Ellie smiled one of those knowing grins that said she was listening, but just. "And you're not complaining. I can take it if you can."

"I know you, Ellison Carver. You're being gracious like your Grandma Vi taught you, but then you'll do exactly what you want to anyway."

"And I know you, Laine. You're as enchanted with this walk as I am. Admit it. All those years spent haunting the back rooms of your grandfather's antique shop mean your imagination is waking up again. And for a self-proclaimed history buff, a castle has to be the ultimate temptation. You're just mother henning me, but we're almost there. See?"

Laine lifted her gaze to the ghostly cutout of stone through twilight and trees. She exhaled low — like she'd held that breath for too long and the shock of beauty finally drew it out.

It did remind her of the vintage shop.

Of books that told stories ... Instruments that played melodies ... They were no less an art form than an ages-old castle whose spires touched the sky.

Ancient walls seemed to climb and crumble at the same time, six stories against the clouds. A moat surrounded the ruins, its waters still as glass. Tree limbs waved and creaked with the toying wind. And at the grove's edge stood a tiny chapel, with cobblestones leading to an open door, its candlelight inside glowing warm and inviting behind stained glass.

"I know what you're thinking," Ellie whispered. "It's freezing. I'm Ms. Clumsy, and the heels are a few inches too high for anything good to come of it. But I need to stand up next to Quinn. You know — tall versus petite-ish genes and all. I want to look that boy in the eye when I say 'I do.'"

"Actually ... I was going to agree with you. How many times in life does a girl get to live a magical moment like this?"

Laine paused, the kiss of candlelight through the trees making rhetorical questions sink deeper into her heart than they should. She bounced back a smile that wouldn't be questioned, no matter what was silently fracturing her on the inside. "I'm defenseless with this view."

"You and me both. I remember the first time I saw it, and it felt the same." Merlot lips spreading a soft smile across her profile, Ellie hooked her elbow around Laine's and leaned into her shoulder. "I just realized ... this is the last time we'll be together before I step through that door and become a Mrs. too. Any final advice?"

Laine accepted a wedding in France, though beautiful, for what it was: an escape from the life crumbling back home.

Now was not the time to share her brand of advice. Or brutal honesty. The story of a broken marriage and uncertain future would have to wait its turn. Maybe she could come clean when Ellie and Quinn returned from their honeymoon. Or in the spring, when life had settled down. By then, Laine and Cassie would be back home — in a new home.

She could face the truth when it felt safe to pick up the pieces and start again.

It was a battle, but Laine shoved the ache away. She held on to her smile with everything she possessed and stood back, marveling as Ellie dropped her train — satin and lace absorbing the glow of light from the chapel door. They paused together, the snow drifting in a dance around them.

"Live every moment," Laine whispered into the twilight. "That's what you said to me when I walked down the aisle, remember? I gift it back to you. Fix every second of this night in your heart. Protect it, and visit it often."

"Live every moment. Yes." Ellie half laughed, then paused and cast her gaze off in the distance. She creased her brow. Deep. Like she was lost somewhere else for a breath.

Funny, she always did that just before she ...

"Oh — no tears!"

Laine rushed forward a step and dotted impending tears with her gloved pinkie before Ellie could ruin her wedding photos with mascara tracks. "I'm so sorry. What did I say?"

"Nothing!" Ellie blinked, turning her face up to the night air as Laine continued patting and fanning. "It's nothing. I'm just so glad you're here, that's all. With everything moving so fast and getting married without Grandma Vi ... It's a lot to manage on my own."

"Well you're not on your own. You have Quinn. You have me and Cassie — that little flower girl in there who loves her honorary Auntie Ellie more than anything. And there's a chapel full of guests who are probably wondering where in the world we are. All that love makes me sure Grandma Vi's watching over you right this minute. So no tears, darling. At least not until after Quinn sees you, heels and mascara intact."

"You're right. No tears now. Not even the happy ones." Ellie inhaled deep, then let it out in a fog of frozen breath.

Being a head taller and a shade older, Laine couldn't help it; she had everything necessary to give her friend an effective maternal glare. And she did. Staring down her nose with just enough pert to warrant her concern. "Are you sure you're okay? I want this to be perfect for you."

"It already is perfect. His family is here and so is mine. And I get to become his wife. What else could I need?" Ellie bit the corner of her bottom lip, alerting Laine that a sweet little request from her best friend was likely to follow. "Except maybe to get on your good side so I can convince you and Cassie to stay a bit longer?"

"How long is a bit?"

"Oh, up to Christmas? Or a couple of weeks at least? It seems like such a long trip to stay only a few days. And I know you're still looking for a new job, so there's no vacation days to request. Don't answer now — just think about it. It can be your wedding present to us. Quinn knows I'll want my best friend and her daughter here as long as possible. And he has an almost-niece now too, so I'm sure I can convince him with that angle."

Ellie had said it tongue in cheek, but she didn't know how right she was. Staying through Christmas wouldn't be a problem. As far as home was concerned, Laine and Cassie could stay on forever. It was everything after the staying that had her chewing her thumbnail these days.

"We can talk about all that later. Right now you have an appointment I won't dare let you miss." Holding out the bridal bouquet put an end to it. "Let's go get you married."

Laine winked as Ellie took the flowers in hand, nudging a little spring back in her blushing-bride status. They eased into step with one another as they neared the chapel stairs, where Quinn's grandfather — the enigmatic estate winemaker, Titus — would be waiting to walk her down the aisle, despite blindness having taken hold. Laine paused and tugged Ellie's elbow as movement at the side of the castle ruins caught her attention.

A man in a sharp-cut black suit stood out against the backdrop of silver and stone. He cut a path through the trees, until she had a clean view of his profile. There was something familiar but still foreign about him. Coal-black hair. Tall. Broad shouldered ... Like she'd seen him before somehow but still knew she'd not.

"Ellie, who's that? Another wedding guest?"


"Him." Laine pointed out the figure coming their way. "If we're late, then he really is. He's headed for the chapel too — like he's here for a wedding but just decided to take a stroll through the snow?"

"That must be Cormac."

"Who's Cormac?"

"Quinn's older brother, from the side of the family I haven't met. I've only seen photos. He lives with their father in Dublin. They have a younger sister too — Keira — but all I know is she's in London and rarely visits ... I never dreamed he'd come all this way."

"Is it that surprising he would come to his brother's wedding?"

"It is if they haven't seen each other but a time or two in years. When we moved up the wedding date, Quinn and I just decided to keep it simple — family and friends on the estate, and some from the village in Loudun. And you, of course. But Quinn must have invited him."

The man strolled through the snow at an even pace, scanning the envelope of woods on all sides. Until he caught sight of them shivering in evening gowns, with bouquets that had taken to trembling in their hands, and quickstepped in their direction.

He stopped before them, the glow from the chapel resting upon his shoulders.

There was no doubt in the light: He was every bit a Foley in the eyes and face, but in his mannerisms was clearly a walking opposite. Where Quinn was laid back — wearing worn-in pub tees and lugging around a beat-up guitar case — Cormac appeared buttoned up. Clean cut. Musicless. As frozen as the evening air around them.

"Ye must be Ellie." He stepped forward, tall like his brother but with a much deeper brogue, and clasped the bride's free hand in both of his. Ellie tried and failed to cover what must have shocked her speechless.

"Um ... yes. Cormac is it?" She nodded, her sweet smile dwarfed by the nervous bobbing motion of her chin that didn't stop right away.

"Nice to finally meet ye." He offered the slightest shadow of a smile to Laine as he released the bride's hand. "I hope 'tis alright that I came without the RSVP. 'Twas last minute, an' the flight was delayed 'cause of this weather. But by the looks o' things, I see I made it just in time."

"Yes, of course ... Quinn will be so happy you're here."

"Welcome to the family," he added, with an artful deflection of the groom, and what Ellie alluded may signal family troubles. "I'll just see ye inside then." He tipped his head in a respectful nod to them both, then stepped in the chapel without another word.

"Well, if married life brings surprises," Ellie said, smiling, "I suppose we're starting right now."

"You'll have to tell me what that was later."

"If I even know myself."

A raised bouquet and a groom's grandfather later, the bride was ready. And in a tiny chapel with candles flickering, Laine's four-year-old twirling as a fairy flower girl, guests standing in a semicircle, and a besotted groom grinning his life away at the altar, Laine watched as two people united their tomorrows.

It was hushed and hopeful — every bit the fairy tale that had nothing to do with a storybook castle looming in the background and everything to do with the surrendering of one heart to the other. No matter what stories and secrets tomorrow held, Laine knew one thing for sure.

She wanted to believe in love again. Needed to believe in it.

Even as candles flickered low, and a newly married couple kissed at the altar with loved ones gathered around. And an estranged brother of the groom, brooding in the back, seemed to usher in a host of questions about Quinn and Ellie's potential for a fairy-tale future.

In the midst of all that mattered for those dear to her, Laine could have sworn Cormac's hallmark Foley greens dared to glance her way — more than once.

What in the world could she make of that?


December 27, 1915
26/27 Abbey Street Lower Dublin, Ireland

"Are these seats taken?"

It was the Abbey Theatre's opening night performance of A Minute's Wait — anyone with a ticket must have known all seats were occupied for a sold-out show. But Issy knew that voice too well to overlook it. She'd been attempting to tuck a wisp of her cinnamon-colored hair that had escaped the pins at her nape but abandoned it and looked up instead.

Sean O'Connell.

Standing in the aisle of the U-shaped balcony. The electric lights cast a glow on the clerical dress of a vicar instead of the customary white tie the other gentlemen wore. So the rumors they'd heard about the elder O'Connell brother were true. In the many months Sean had retreated from Dublin's social circles, he'd stepped headlong into the role of clergy.

Problem was, he resembled anything but the guilelessness of the uniform.

His hair was quite smart, the burnished brown combed back off his brow in a more mature style like he'd decided to take life with a more deliberate manner, beginning with the comb. With eyes the cool sea blue he shared with his brother so direct in focus on her, it seemed they were alone in a crowded room. Seemingly indifferent to the high spirits around them, Sean ignored the sniggering of ladies in opera dresses who eyed him from a row in front. And though Issy hadn't expected to see it again — maybe not ever — he gifted her with a smile she could only read as genuine.

The entire portrait smacked of forgiveness, and surprise triggered a flutter in her midsection.

"'Tis the first time I do believe I've ever caught Lady Isolde Byrne without a reply."

"I've never been Lady Isolde to you, and I don't mean to start accepting a title now."

"Who would dare leave ye alone at the theater?"

"No one with intention at harm, I assure you." Issy recovered, patting a gloved hand on the velvet seat back of the aisle-side chair. "This one is Honor's, but she's been detained for the moment. And the other was to be Rory's, but I daresay my brother's meeting has run late on Dame Street, so it appears we've lost our escort. Won't we be the scandal of the ladies' parlors tomorrow?"

"Well, we can' be havin' that, can we now? I could be persuaded to abandon my seat all the way in the back an' join ye up here."

"Please." She pulled her knees back so he could scoot by her.

Sean slipped into the inner seat. And before Issy could fret over finding some measure of polite conversation, he leaned close, engaged her without a veil of awkwardness between them. Like they'd last seen each other the day before instead of six months prior.


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SavannaKaiser 3 months ago
Sometimes you come across a book that steals your breath away. It’s hard to move on and think of other things. It’s definitely hard to review such a book, but I want to try because “Castle on the Rise” deserves great praise. Once again, this author’s intricate storytelling held me spellbound. The story wouldn’t release me. Each chapter pulled me right into the next. Heartbreaking struggles are not ignored in this story, but grace rises far above. There were tears, surprises and anguish, but the reader will also witness gentleness, love and bravery along the way. There is such attention to detail in the historical facts, the Irish backdrop, and the emotional arc of the story. Don’t let the three different timelines intimidate you. They breathe as one, connected by the same message of courage and faith. There is so much to be explored within these pages. So much to be felt. Take a deep breath and step inside. You’ll be encouraged and inspired by this unforgettable tale, I promise you. By the end of it, you’ll feel as if you traveled to Ireland yourself! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner 10 days ago
rance, modern day: Laine Forrester has arrived to see her best friend married at a castle in France. What should be a delightful day is shadowed by her secret tragedy, a divorce in the wake of her long-time dream of adopting a child, and her best friend’s secret, which brings both women back to Ireland, the homeland of her best friend’s new husband, where his estranged father owns an old pub filled with history. Ireland, 1915: Lady Isolde—Issy—has a brother named Rory who has just joined the ICA, the Irish Citizen Army against the English to keep their Catholic freedoms and be free from English rule. Issy’s best friend, Honor, was attacked and impregnated by one of the Englishmen, and her brother is determined to get revenge. Meanwhile, the man she loves, Sean, has gone to a church on the front lines as a pastor and aid to the wounded. Issy is determined to leave behind her useless title and be part of the action from behind the lens of her camera, to show the world what it’s missing, and the real truths about suffering. But she becomes more closely involved in danger with each chapter. 1790s Ireland: Maeve lived a life of wealth and ease at Ashford Manor, until tragedy struck and she lost her mother and brother. Now it is nearly Christmas, and a thief tried to steal the family’s prized stallion. She sets off in the woods to capture the man, who is terribly wounded and nearly dead. Taking pity, she brings him back to the castle to keep him from freezing to death before he can be tried, and while tending to his wounds, he reveals that things are not as they seem at the castle, and that their head groom is more a thief than he. Puzzled, Maeve confronts him, and discovers that the stranger, from an opposing clan no less, speaks the truth.She cannot help but wonder, what other truths does this stranger know? As each character digs into the past of the families that surround them, Castle on the Rise unveils a fascinating historic web of loyalty, duty, faith, and freedom, and especially the power of a woman, especially in times of revolution. For discussion questions, similar books to read, and a matching themed recipe for Irish "scones with sweet fraochàn berries and cream" visit:
E_Espinoza 30 days ago
Castle on the Rise (A Lost Castle Novel, Book 2), by Kristy Cambron, is a captivating book from the first page to the last. Events in present day Ireland compliment events from one hundred and two hundred years ago to create a tri-timeline story that is simply riveting. Elements of mystery, history, and romance are thoughtfully intertwined in this well-researched novel. With excellent pacing and vibrant descriptions, important details are carefully revealed and hidden truths are uncovered as the story reaches its dramatic and satisfying conclusion. In the face of dangerous circumstances and daunting secrets, the characters in this novel possess an inner strength and determination that is profoundly inspiring. As they struggle with fear, loss, threats, and uncertainty, the characters manage to cling to hope and to strive for purpose. As it both conceals and reveals its mysteries, the Irish castle setting itself also becomes an important character that adds to the strength, charm, and intrigue of the story. Furthermore, in the dim light of trials and broken dreams, profound themes of perseverance, justice, courage, sacrifice, and love shine brightly as beacons of hope and encouragement. Castle on the Rise is an incredibly fascinating and moving novel. The intermingling timelines are truly compelling, and the enduring themes are intensely satisfying. It is certainly an emotionally-stirring and thought-provoking book. This novel is well-written, engaging, and memorable. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I received a copy of this novel through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
nfam 10 days ago
An Irish Castle Hosts the Lives of Three Brave Women Laine has come to France for her best friend Ellie’s wedding. It looks picture perfect, but there are underlying currents that will bring the young couple grief: family problems, illness, and a hold on the castle restoration. One of the major problems is a rift in Quinn, the groom’s family. Laine agrees to accompany Ellie and Quinn to Ireland to visit the ancestral castle and try to resolve family issues. In the past the castle was home to other women: Maeve, who lived during the 1798 Irish rebellion, and Isabelle, who became involved in the violent Easter week Rising in 1916. Each of the women, like Laine has a story of danger and conflict to tell. Each is also a woman of deep faith and courage. This is a beautifully written book. The scenes of Ireland draw you in and make the story of each woman real. Although the story is told in three parts, each woman comes across as a real person. I have to admit I did prefer the historical stories. I particularly enjoyed Maeve’s romantic and tragic story the most. The courage of these women and the strength of their faith is probably the best feature of the book. Each woman was faced with problems and perilous times, but their faith remained strong and they succeeded. I recommend this second book in the Lost Castle series. It’s easy to read as a stand alone, but for more background on the characters, I recommend reading the first book. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for this review.
BookwormMama2014 16 days ago
Kristy Cambron's books are always bursting with so many emotions. Castle on the Rise is no different. While in the same series as The Lost Castle, with some of the same characters reappearing, there is a decidedly different tone to this story. With the focus of the historical threads around Irish uprisings and their fight for independence, there are several aspects of the present day thread that cause all the feels. (There are some things that could be triggers as well.) Traveling through the different eras can seem a bit quick, but it definitely made me want to keep reading. Getting to know Laine on a deeper level and learning more about the history of Ireland was simply a fantastic combination. The hope and love and rebellion woven throughout this story captures the heart and imagination in a very real way. Cambron's ability to write raw, tangible faith has always blown me away. Even though the setting is different from book one, I highly recommend starting this series with The Lost Castle. There is background information that I would consider crucial to the storyline in this book. And don't miss book three, The Painted Castle, arriving on shelves October 2019. I received a complimentary copy of Castle on the Rise from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
KimPotter 17 days ago
Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is the second book in her Lost Castle series. This is the story of Ireland’s fight for freedom. Spanning more than two centuries; it unites the tales of three women, woven around the Castle Chryn. The author brings to life the beautiful, breath-taking scenery that is the Emerald Isle. As you read you have no trouble imagining that you are there. What was hard was keeping up with three different stories. Each chapter alternated between the three characters and their respective time frames. It was hard to keep up at times and adjust from present day to the 1700’s. I thought that the stories would have made an excellent novella; telling each story on its own. The stories were well written and the history very informative without being boring. I did enjoy getting to know the characters and would enjoy reading another story by this author now that I am familiar with her writing style. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit in exchange for my honest review.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 20 days ago
Everything I have read by Kristy Cambron has been awesome, and Castle on the Rise is no exception. Kristy is a masterful storyteller, and her extensive historical research is obvious as she works real-life events and places into her fictional world. In Castle on the Rise, Kristy spans more than two centuries with the intriguing stories of three sets of characters in three time periods and weaves them together in a way that keeps you totally engaged. I admire the talent required to write such great historical stories. To be able to do so well with a triple time slip element is fantastic. I guess it took me a couple of times through the cycle of stories to really feel the connection, but then I was hooked. Throughout the book I was torn between wanting more of the particular story I was in and getting back to the other time periods to see how things were progressing there. The characters were so real and inviting and easy to get to know as their family connections came together through the generations. And vivid details made it easy to imagine myself in the beautiful Irish setting of today and yesteryear. I highly recommend Castle on the Rise to fans of great Christian historical romance. This is the second book in a series, and I have not read the first. I understand that some of the characters' stories carry over from The Lost Castle, but I found no difficulty in reading this as a stand alone. My interest was piqued enough, though, that I look forward to going back to that book, as well as reading the next one in the series. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Kathae 21 days ago
Two historical stories and one contemporary are told throughout this book, which takes place in Ireland, past and present. The settings are clearly labeled as the reader navigates the book, so there was no confusion. I was completely drawn in to each of the stories, and it was so interesting to find out how the characters were connected through time. The modern-day characters were introduced in the first book of the series, The Lost Castle, but that did not inhibit my enjoyment of this book, not having read the previous one. I recommend this book for fans of historical fiction and romance, and especially those with an interest in Ireland. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Ourpugs 21 days ago
Castle on the Rise Three different time periods, present time, early 1900, and late 1700. A lot of research for the author to do for the different times in history. It would be a lot to keep up with in writing this type of book too. This is 2nd in the series, which I did not read the first one. Probably this one would have been interesting to me. It was a fast read though. In the present time Laine is staying with Ellie when getting ready for her wedding and afterwards. I really enjoyed Laine, so caring for Cassie whom she had adopted. I received an complementary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
BrittanyMc 21 days ago
Like the first book in the series, Castle on the Rise follows three different timelines and introduces characters who live, love, and must persevere through the trials of their particular era. This story is loosely connected to the first book, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone. The present day story was my favorite of the three, although I did learn a lot about Irish history from the two other timelines. The author has a beautiful writing style that slowly builds in fascinating details as the book progresses. Although I did not connect very much with the characters from the story that was set in 1916, I ended up getting very attached to the main characters from 1798. If you are looking for a story with rich and detailed Irish history, Castle on the Rise is a great choice! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
TheBeccaFiles 22 days ago
I read The Lost Castle (book 1) back in the beginning of 2018, and since then I’ve been impatiently waiting for this one to release. Kristy Cambron has an impeccable way of taking readers on a journey into the past and making it come alive. As with the first book in the series, this is a triple-timeline story. The timelines begin in 1797, 1915, and present day. The historical pieces are unique to this story, but the present day is a continuation from The Lost Castle. Although the “leading role” has now shifted from Ellie to her best friend Laine, she is still highly present in this story. It’s the same case for the leading male role–from Quinn to his brother Cormac. While the historical pieces could be read as stand-alone I think the present story would be more confusing if you attempted to read the books out of order. I will admit that I don’t know much about the Irish and their fight for independence other than the fact that it’s been a “hot topic” for years. Reading this story makes me wish I knew more. Kristy weaves fact and fiction together in her stories by adding real people to her fictional tales. She shares a bit about her research in her author’s note. (Yes, my ever-present plug for reading the author’s note ;)) One thing I love about Kristy Cambron’s writing is that she is often unpredictable. She will lead you on a journey that you’re not sure where you’re headed until suddenly she brings it all together to make sense. The characters are so deeply developed that you are able to imagine their lives even outside of the pages. I still have to say that the first book in the series is my favorite, but this one was intriguing as well. I believe it’s at least in-part due to my lack of knowledge of the Irish history. I also struggled to keep track of all of the different characters between the timelines and their connections. I still thoroughly enjoyed the story though and fully intend on reading the next book when it releases. *I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Stephanie Norton 25 days ago
Castle on the Rise isn’t a fast reading type of book. I found it hard to get into the book not because it wasn’t good, but because I didn’t read the first book so I felt like I was missing a lot of information on the locations and characters. The story starts with a fairytale wedding of Quinn Foley and Ellie Carver who were introduced in the first novel. Laine Forrester arrives from the states with her young daughter for her best friend’s wedding only to run into some surprises. Laine inherits a beautiful manor home by the Foley men, Quinn, Jack, and Cormac. Lady Maeve Ashford, an English lady, and Eoin O’Byrne, an Irish Catholic rebel unfold. These three stories mesh very well. The themes are courage and life struggles. The previous book took you through three decades in Ireland starting out in the 1700s. There are many strong women. Kristy Cambron does an amazing job with writing vivid details without being too much. She puts a lot of Ireland’s history through the eyes of Issy and Maeve. Each character dealt with love and life struggles. I would recommend reading this book. I learned a lot about Irish culture.
annelr 25 days ago
Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is an entertaining time-slip novel that lovers of history will not want to miss. The author takes readers to Ireland where over the centuries three strong and vibrant women dream dreams, are confronted with storms of life and yet find the resilience to weather through those storms, and are able to learn to trust despite things of the past that have brought doubts and fears. Maeve of the late 1790s, Issy of 1916, and Laine of the present day, each have their hopes for a better future and their stories are set in the shadow of the Castle Chryn where 'the rise allowed something new to always grow.' Ireland comes alive with the author's descriptive writing style. It is easy to be drawn into the Irish countryside with sentences like 'standing again where ancient stones drew an outline against the early morning sky and the sea crashed the rocks in as vast and blue and heart-stirring a manner as she remembered.' Readers are transported from a contemporary setting to the times of the Irish rebellion for freedom and the author's excellent blending of historical research and riveting characters has created a wonderful story of three strong and courageous women. It's said that Ireland has a million stories if one stays long enough to learn them all. Cambron tells three of those stories in this compelling and powerful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
annelr 25 days ago
Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is an entertaining time-slip novel that lovers of history will not want to miss. The author takes readers to Ireland where over the centuries three strong and vibrant women dream dreams, are confronted with storms of life and yet find the resilience to weather through those storms, and are able to learn to trust despite things of the past that have brought doubts and fears. Maeve of the late 1790s, Issy of 1916, and Laine of the present day, each have their hopes for a better future and their stories are set in the shadow of the Castle Chryn where 'the rise allowed something new to always grow.' Ireland comes alive with the author's descriptive writing style. It is easy to be drawn into the Irish countryside with sentences like 'standing again where ancient stones drew an outline against the early morning sky and the sea crashed the rocks in as vast and blue and heart-stirring a manner as she remembered.' Readers are transported from a contemporary setting to the times of the Irish rebellion for freedom and the author's excellent blending of historical research and riveting characters has created a wonderful story of three strong and courageous women. It's said that Ireland has a million stories if one stays long enough to learn them all. Cambron tells three of those stories in this compelling and powerful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
5643437 25 days ago
Castle on the Rise is the second book in the A Lost Castle Novel series. This book tells three different stories from three different timelines, which can make it difficult to follow at times. However, the descriptive language is incredible. In the opening of the book, I felt like I was actually walking along the path with Laine and Ellie. Cormac captured my attention and interest from the start. I could not wait to read more about Laine and Cormac. The setting of Ireland intrigued me since our family loves going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and we always love going to the show in the Ireland section of the park. So the descriptions of the scenery and setting captured my imagination. The idea of having a wedding in a castle serves to make the setting even more powerful captivating. I wish I could say the entire book kept me captivated, but the jumps between timelines served to distract me at times. So if you like reading books which take place in multiple time periods with multiple storylines, then this is the book for you.
SBMC 25 days ago
"Live every moment. That's what you said to me when I walked down the aisle, remember? I gift it back to you. Fix every second of this night in your heart. Protect it, and visit it often." Another stunning and absolutely captivating time-split novel by Kristy Cambron! I am not a novice to the author's writing, yet am still astounded every time I read her books. This story takes place mostly in Ireland - in 1797 during an uprising against the English, in 1915 as Ireland struggles for freedom, and during present day. The past time periods are thoroughly researched and the writing and vernacular in speech also shift with the time periods to make the writing believable and extremely enjoyable. The three subplots in different time periods are intricately intertwined with details that hold the story cohesively together and bring enlightenment at the end of the novel. The writing is beautiful, the themes of bravery, inherent desire for freedom (even in rebellion), sacrifice, and love are so tender and heart-wrenching, and the characters - oh, the characters - are utterly unforgettable. This incredible story of Ireland's past, present, and future all tucked away in one castle ruin, a manor, and three true loves is a story that is a must read for all historical romance fans! And if anyone wanted to make a movie of this book, I'll be first in line to pre-order those tickets. As for those characters.... Eoin, Sean, and Cormac all have such deep love for their country and those they call friends and family. They are loyal, honest, hard-working, loving, tender, and faithful till the end. Maeve, Issy, and Laine are strong women - strong in their opinions and actions, faithful and loyal in their love. I rarely connect with so many characters in one book, but I loved getting to know all six of these characters through their suffering, heartbreak, and triumph. This book is second book in the Lost Castle series but can be read as a stand alone. I did not read the first book but was immersed in this storyline from page 1 and didn't feel that I missed anything by not reading the backstory on Ellie (Laine's best friend) and Quinn (Cormac's brother) first in the previous book. I was given a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
LLangley 26 days ago
Rich, knowable characters and vivid descriptions bring Kristy Cambron's Irish historical fiction novel, Castle on the Rise, to life in the reader's mind. For anyone who has been to Ireland or loves Irish history, this book offers an accurate view of the Green Isle and its rich history. Cambron weaves together three story lines from three different time periods and ties them together with a satisfying ending. Having lived in Ireland, I can attest that Cambron accurately and beautifully describes various famous locations in Dublin and County Wicklow. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, for the most part. I have to say that through the first half of the book, I just kept wondering when or if the three stories would begin to entertwine. Not until the last third or fourth of the book did "clues" or "hints" begin to bring them together. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed Castle on the Rise, with its likable and very real characters, and I look forward to reading other novels by Cambron. Note: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.
NKBookReviewer 26 days ago
Ireland is a beautiful land and author Kristy Cambron has chosen well using it as the setting for her Christian novel, Castle on the Rise. No matter if you love historical or contemporary fiction, this exquisitively penned tale will thrill you. This book cover three centuries with stories alternating at each chapter. Transitions are smooth and each one delivered me effortlessly into a different time period allowing me to “live” there for a while. I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing. It is descriptive without being burdensome. Places, people, and things were easy to imagine making the book play out like a movie in my mind. The characters are realistic and well defined. We became fast friends as I quickly got invested in their stories. Within a few chapters I was captivated. My contemporary friend is Laine. She has a few issues that she wants to pretend do not hurt. From 1916 comes my friend Issy, a skilled photographer. She joins the Irish Citizens Army to help. My 1798 friend is Maeve. She struggles with keeping safe from rebels and smugglers. The Castle has secrets that tie these three women together in the end through twists and turns. I did learn some Irish history, and I love learning while leisure reading. For me, the Christian content was too diluted and subtle. I like to know I am reading a Christian fiction and not search for the meanings. Castle on the Rise is Book Two, but I had no trouble reading it. It can be read as a stand alone. I would recommend this to readers of historical romance. It gets a 4 out of 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest opinions.
PrincessGlor 27 days ago
My Rating 3.75 Stars This was a massive story in one book. Three different women, three different eras and rebellion on all fronts. This story packs a wallop, that’s for sure! I enjoyed the dual timelines, the location and the characters. What was hard for me was the grittiness and sadness during the two past timelines. That was hard to read and at least one of the plot points I didn’t care for in the earliest timeline. For me, this book ended up being a bit unexpected in the direction it took. This book isn’t a quick easy read, but for a trip to Ireland and an immersive reading experience, this book fits the bill in spades. I would give this somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. I am looking forward to the last book in this set this fall!! I received this book on NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
TrishRobertson 27 days ago
I absolutely loved reading Castle on the Rise. I was swept away into this vibrant story and felt like I was almost there in Dublin, Ireland. This exceptionally penned story follows the lives of three-leading couples across three time-periods, in a split-time novel that kept me turning pages late into the night! I couldn't put this book down, I just had to know what would happen next! While this is the second story in the Lost Castle series, it easily stands on its own. Trust me when I tell you that you will want to set aside some quiet reading time to enjoy this gem of a story!  Set in Ireland's tumultuous history, this story shares the real struggles that occurred on Irish soil for Ireland to gain its freedom from England. While I had read in history books about the uprisings, Cambron brought a new life to the historical events and gave them a face through the lives of these characters.  The deeper I got into the stories the more the characters touched my heart. I found myself even slowing down my reading as I wasn't ready to reach the end. Expert tip: have a box of tissues on hand! I loved this book and I am eagerly anticipating the third book in the Lost Castle series!  (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
DKStevens119 30 days ago
From Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle this story  has mysteries, secrets and friendships that all together span two decades. I really enjoyed the stories of these three strong and determined women. . Yes, they all tied together, were wonderful stories and fascinating facts of Ireland that I enjoyed, but, I really didn't like how often the stories jumped back and forth between the women's lives. I was sometimes having to go back a few paragraphs to see who we had left and  now we were into. I did really enjoy the story and if you enjoy history full of mysteries, secrets and strong friendships you should enjoy this one.
Heidi_Reads 30 days ago
Such an evocative telling of three different yet connected stories. I have to admit I struggled with the triple storyline in the first book The Lost Castle, but with this one I found the setting of Ireland so compelling and loved the history I discovered among its pages. I don't remember learning about Ireland's struggle for freedom in school, and I am especially grateful to the author for bringing it to life in such a meaningful way. It made me want to learn even more and follow up with my own research... a definite sign for me of an amazing book! While I didn't feel connected to the characters' emotions in the way that I feel them as well, they were so interesting and I was filled with compassion as I read of their struggles and strength amid adversity. This isn't a book you want to read in spurts. I did better reading it in longer sittings so I could stay immersed and keep track of the three stories easier. As I got deeper into the book the stories began to converge with small details and links through history, and I couldn't wait to see the modern day characters discover the mysteries of the castle and its previous inhabitants. By the end my heart was full and I shed a few tears as each story wrapped up. There's something so earnest about war based in revolution, and the author did an excellent job portraying that passion and desperation for freedom from oppression. Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Virginiaw 3 months ago
This is a very good story that takes place over three generations of Irish women and their loved ones. It goes back and forth from present day to 1916 and then to 1798. Each woman must learn to be strong and the story revolves around a certain castle. I really liked the characters. I look forward to many more books by Kristy Cambron. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MelissaF 3 months ago
Love this series. I really enjoyed this first book and was excited to get my hands on this second book and it didn’t disappoint. We are in three different time periods. For me that keeps pushing me through the book to see what is happening where. Each character is dealing with their own very real issues that could be earth shattering. The thread of friendship is woven throughout this book and the importance of having those special people in our lives. If you love castles and time-hop books I am sure you will enjoy this journey through time. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
PianoLady831 3 months ago
Kristy Cambron’s stories, so eloquently written, have the power to transport me to an era and setting that literally enthralls as it envelops me in its arms. Ireland – the setting, its history and people – come alive in this newest book, Castle on the Rise. The setting alternates between current day and two previous times in Ireland’s turbulent history, 1797 and 1916. That may seem like a lot to keep up with, but it’s all strategically interwoven in a way that’s easy to follow. The story itself is fast paced, but as eager as I was to reach each era’s conclusion, Cambron’s atmospheric prose begs to be savored slowly. I don’t know a lot about Ireland’s history, other than long-time conflicts over Protestant/Catholic religions and the desire to be free from England’s rule, so I enjoyed the detail in this story. Family ties are broken as allegiance is given to English heritage or home country. The leading characters in each era – Maeve and Eoin, Issy and Sean, Laine and Cormac – are well developed and so very easy to connect with. I don’t know if it’s the wonderful romantic chemistry between them, or if there’s just something special about an Irishman (maybe a little of both?), but these characters and their stories are memorable. At its heart, Castle on the Rise is about freedom – political and personal – and the sacrifice and commitment it takes to get there. Faith is a constant theme gently woven throughout. While each of Cambron’s novels has touched me, there’s something special about this story. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.