The Painted Castle

The Painted Castle

by Kristy Cambron

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Overview

A lost painting of Queen Victoria.

A library bricked off from the world.

And three women, separated by time, whose lives are irrevocably changed.

When art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting at a centuries-old East Suffolk manor, she hopes this is just the thing to get her career and life back on track. But from the time she arrives at Parham Hill Estate and begins working alongside rumored art thief Emory Scott, she’s left with far more questions than answers. Could this lost painting of Queen Victoria be a duplicate of the original Winterhalter masterpiece, and if so, who is the artist?

As Keira begins to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, two women emerge from the estate’s forgotten past. In Victorian England, talented sketch artist Elizabeth Meade is engaged to Viscount Huxley, then owner of Parham Hill. However, Elizabeth’s real motive for being at Parham Hill has nothing to do with art or marriage. She’s determined to avenge her father’s brutal murder—even if it means a betrothal to the very man she believes committed the crime.

A century later, Amelia Woods—a World War II widow who has turned Parham Hill and its beloved library into a boarding school for refugee children—receives military orders to house a troop of American pilots. She is determined the children in her care will remain untouched by the war, but the task is proving difficult with officers taking up every square inch of their world . . . and one in particular vying for a space in Amelia’s long-shut up heart.

Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the peak of England’s home-front tensions at the end of WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a story of heartache and hope and unlocks secrets lost for generations just waiting to be found.

Praise for The Painted Castle:

“A gripping tale of secrets hidden behind the walls of an ancient English castle.” —KATE BRESLIN, bestselling author of Far Side of the Sea

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718095529
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: Lost Castle Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 108,495
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(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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The Painted Castle 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
kristine-morgan 5 days ago
Kristi Cambron has again produced a split time novel. The painted Castle is the third book in her Lost Castle series. While it takes a while to get into the book as you are skipping back and forth between 3 different times and 3 different sets of characters. As I gt into each story I began to appreciate the talent that it takes to write 3 separate storylines and then fit them together in a way that makes sense, and even better, entertains. Kristi is one talented lady! I love reading about castles and she does an excellent job with descriptions. Referring back to the series I really enjoyed the three distinct castles, one each in France, Ireland, and England. The Foley family is quite engrossing and protective of each other. So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a great read. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
EElizabeth 6 days ago
It's that time of year when many people are looking for the best bargains whether it be  Christmas gifts, Black Friday sales, or just everyday BOGO deals. Are you one of them? Well, if you are and if you're looking for a book that has three absolutely amazing stories that are tied together, then you should definitely look for The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron! It is a single story that tells three connected stories during three different time periods. The first story is about an artist in Victorian England, the second is about a widow in World War II and the third is about a modern day art historian who has to learn the stories about the other two ladies' lives for her new job. Which story was my favorite? That, my friend, is a very good question. I think my favorite was the story I was reading in the chapter I was on. I would get caught up in the story for the chapter or two and want to know more, and then the author would switch to a different story where I would pick up where the story left off before and I would start the process of getting caught up in the story all over again! I loved how Elizabeth's story had somewhat of a sinister mystery involved, how Amelia's story told about World War II and the challenges even the  British countryside faced, and how Keira's story was a mystery in figuring out the history of the manor. I also loved how each one included romance. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially time slip novels.  I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
floraljoy 12 days ago
Follow the threads across the centuries to solve the mystery Another captivating and intriguing book that was clearly well researched and written. It is set in 3 different time periods which I enjoyed getting glimpses into; however this did make the book feel a little disjointed. Just when I was getting into the characters and plot the book would switch to another time period and I found it a bit challenging keeping all of the timelines straight. It also meant that it was a bit difficult to really connect with the characters on an emotional level. I felt the most connected to the characters set during WWII but wished there had been more time exploring the relationship with the modern day characters especially. I also felt that the ending was a little rushed and the final connections between all of the time periods was just briefly mentioned so that I felt I was still trying to tie all of the threads up in order to make sense of it all. There is a light Christian theme of trusting in God's sovereignty however I would have preferred a greater Christian emphasis. It was still however a beautiful novel that I enjoyed reading and I would certainly read more by this talented author, but would prefer these to be set in just 1 or perhaps 2 time periods at a time. It may be read as a standalone however reading them in order would probably enjoy the reading experience. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I really enjoyed reading “The Painted Castle.” I was intrigued by the lost portrait of Queen Victoria. I appreciated the book having three different timelines with the different characters. This book was well written, contains great details, and has many memorable characters. Although because of this there were many characters to keep track of, overall I felt that it did not get to be too confusing. The World War II storyline was my favorite. I did love how all the timelines (Victorian England, World War II, and present day) came together though! I feel that the author must have done a great deal of historical research before writing this book, and I feel that it shows in her writing, especially how she slipped in pieces of historical facts throughout the book. I also loved how the story focused on the people who lived in one house over the period of a couple of hundred years. If the walls could talk… I think readers who love historical fiction, as well as art history enthusiasts will probably enjoy this book. I don’t normally enjoy mysteries, but I did in the case of this novel. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book.
KimPotter 22 days ago
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third book in her A Lost Castle series. Art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting of Queen Victoria. What she finds is more questions than answers. Emory Scott, rumored art thief, is there to help her unravel the mystery’s behind the painting and Parham Hill Manor. They find a rich and warm history. This book follows the stories of three women, woven together by time. The author takes you on a journey from Victorian England to the ending of World War two and then to present day England. Weaving the three different stories together so beautifully that you don’t mind rotating from one story to the next. Immersed in the English countryside, with romance, castles, and history was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit for my honest review.
Leonas_Lines 23 days ago
Book Review--The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron Book #3 of the Lost Castle series I must say that this book was interesting because of its historical aspect and realistic romantic characters. The story though intriguing with a mixture of romance and mystery kept my interest enough to keep me reading, yet being as I had not read the previous two books in this series, nor had ever read a time-slip novel before, I have to admit I was quite confused in the beginning. There are three different time periods and three main female characters portrayed in this novel, modern day is Keira in Dublin, Ireland--mid-1940s World War II is Amelia at Parham Hill Estate in Framlingham,England, and mid-1840s is Elizabeth at Parham Hill Estate in Framlingham, England. The main focal point is an intimate portrait that was painted of Queen Victoria in the 1800's. After I sorted out times and places and got used to the chapter transitions I really enjoyed reading each character's story and how they all ended up fitting together in the end. If you enjoy historical time-slip novels that are filled with mystery, suspense, romance then you will surely enjoy this book but you will most likely will want to begin with Book 1 in the series to help you set the stage more fully. I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review. This does not in anyway influence my opinion of the book or the content of my review, all comments are my own. --Leona J. Atkinson
SouthernGalLovestoRead 23 days ago
I think I've read every novel Kristy Cambron has written and have been captivated by each one. She has a great skill with words that allows her to draw you in from the very first sentence and keep you engaged to the end. Simply put -- I loved The Painted Castle! Each of the three stories is fascinating on its own. But the beauty of this tale is the way details from three different time periods all converge into a beautifully crafted whole. Characters from a wide span of time come alive as secrets are revealed and pieces fall into place to complete a complex puzzle. In each setting, it becomes obvious that things -- and people -- are not necessarily what they first appeared to be. Elements of romance and subtle threads of faith round out the compelling story. The Painted Castle is the third book in a series but can be read as a stand-alone. There are references, though, to events from the previous books which draw the reader to want to go back to pick up those stories as well. I have read the second installment in the series and definitely want to indulge in the first. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of The Painted Castle. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 23 days ago
The book was written in 3 time periods about the lives of 3 women who lived in Parham Hill Manor. Reading this book was an absolute delight. It is rich in a lot of history, art works and WWII. It captivated my attention till the last word. I love reading about how each story of the 3 women, their lives and the men they came to love in the most direst of situations were woven together. It felt like each prepared the way for the one coming after her even though they never met. But their actions paved the way for the other women to take up from. Elizabeth in the oldest time period was present when a great calmity befell her father and she took up a personal vendetta again the culprit. Untill a series of events led to an uncovering of truths and secrets she never knew about and a painting that was never forgotten. To me she was the most Regal of the women. Amelia Viscountess Huxley. I fell in love with her sweet disposition. Despite her standing she was so down to earth. Her love story with the Captain Wyatt was my favorite. I enjoyed reading her love for books, taking care of people during the war, and the Castle taking care and preserving it in dire situations of bombing and air raid during WWII. Keira disgraced out of the halls of her passion, resigning herself to a routine life until she met the delightful Emory who had his own secrets. A journey into Parham Hill Castle changed their lives forever. My favorite quotes. “I have to believe that there is no guarantee of anything good in this life outside the One who offers it to us.” “What lasts isn’t what we build on our own, but the stories He builds within and around us.” “Every story can be redeemed.” I recommend this book to everyone to loves a great story filled with art, castles, moderate level of romance and stories of forgiveness, redemption and restoration. I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are mine.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 23 days ago
The book was written in 3 time periods about the lives of 3 women who lived in Parham Hill Manor. Reading this book was an absolute delight. It is rich in a lot of history, art works and WWII. It captivated my attention till the last word. I love reading about how each story of the 3 women, their lives and the men they came to love in the most direst of situations were woven together. It felt like each prepared the way for the one coming after her even though they never met. But their actions paved the way for the other women to take up from. Elizabeth in the oldest time period was present when a great calmity befell her father and she took up a personal vendetta again the culprit. Untill a series of events led to an uncovering of truths and secrets she never knew about and a painting that was never forgotten. To me she was the most Regal of the women. Amelia Viscountess Huxley. I fell in love with her sweet disposition. Despite her standing she was so down to earth. Her love story with the Captain Wyatt was my favorite. I enjoyed reading her love for books, taking care of people during the war, and the Castle taking care and preserving it in dire situations of bombing and air raid during WWII. Keira disgraced out of the halls of her passion, resigning herself to a routine life until she met the delightful Emory who had his own secrets. A journey into Parham Hill Castle changed their lives forever. My favorite quotes. “I have to believe that there is no guarantee of anything good in this life outside the One who offers it to us.” “What lasts isn’t what we build on our own, but the stories He builds within and around us.” “Every story can be redeemed.” I recommend this book to everyone to loves a great story filled with art, castles, moderate level of romance and stories of forgiveness, redemption and restoration. I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are mine.
LoriP123 23 days ago
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third book in the Lost Castle series and definitely worth reading if you love stories filled with history, mystery, suspense and stories set in multiple time periods. Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting, but when she arrives at Parham Hall Estate and begins her work she is left with more questions than answers. Unraveling the mystery of the painting also leads her to find out the history of the estate along with two women, Elizabeth Meade and Amelia Woods, who are also linked to the estate and their stories. This story is about heartache and hope and hidden secrets that you definitely don't want to miss out on. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by Kristy Cambron in the future. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Kathae 23 days ago
Again, author Kristy Cambron has brought history to life for historical and contemporary fiction lovers. Three intertwined stories are told throughout the book, and each one is exciting. Cambron clearly labeled the setting of each chapter, but many times a chapter would end in a cliff-hanger, demanding that the pages be turned to discover the resolve. The three stories, all tied together by artists and their paintings and the castle grounds, were all different enough to keep the reader interested. It was fun to connect the dots between the three stories through minor characters, objects, and events. The author reveals in a final note the actual events and her personal connection to them. What made this story wonderful was the palpable emotion conveyed in so many scenes. From the heartache and grief of loss to the giddiness of new-found love, all the emotions were there, and were felt by this reader. Fans of historical and contemporary romance, the World War II era, and England will all find a connection to this book. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are m own.
PianoLady831 25 days ago
Kristy Cambron excels at the split-time novel, a form I have always enjoyed, but even more so in Cambron’s talented hands. Each of her novels has been a masterpiece, but the Lost Castle series has especially resonated with me. While The Painted Castle beautifully concludes the series, I wish it could go on and on. The Painted Castle enveloped me in three time periods – Victorian England, World War II, and current day. Three strong women captured my heart and imagination as they journeyed through painful loss with the determination to heal, and then learned to love again. This is such an evocative, atmospheric novel, with each era realistically and vividly conveyed. The three time periods are seamlessly connected, not only through the richly developed characters, but through an English estate, beekeeper’s cottage, library, and an intimate painting of Queen Victoria. I was fully invested in each era, with my favorite being whichever one I was reading at the time. Cambron has crafted a story rich with emotion and chemistry between each hero and his leading lady. Best of all was the way the faith element was woven into the threads of this story, coming across as a natural part of their lives. This quote is so very true: “What lasts isn't what we build on our own, but the stories He builds within and around us." Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
ARS8 25 days ago
I have enjoyed all of the castle books in the Lost Castle series, and I am somewhat astonished at how well all three of the timeline stories fit together to form one seamless story arc in each book. The present day story is little sister, Keira Foley's story. She is reeling from an upset in her career and has gone back home, only to be searched out by a complete stranger who needs her art historian work to help him on quite a large project at an abandoned castle and estate. Keira is a bit suspicious and guarded as the project is hush, hush. She is also not sure she wants to work with a rumored art thief, American Emory Scott, who is most intent on having her on his team. Not only do we have the present day story, but we also are treated to two historical ones as well. One is set during World War 2 at this estate and about widowed lady of the manor, Amelia. Amelia is set on making her home a safe haven for the children who have been sent to be in her care. She also has a surprise group of American pilots that show up to stay as well due to overcrowding at the base. In all of the chaos of the war, this group of people form bonds and become a makeshift family. And Amelia begins to care very much for this Captain Wyatt who's future is so unsure. The other story centers around Elizabeth Meade (1842), who witnessed the murder of her father when she was a young girl. Now being pushed by her mother to make a match with a certain viscount to keep them from anymore ruin, Elizabeth finds herself possibly face to face with her father's murderer. Already made up in her mind, Elizabeth plans to take revenge herself. Not only that but her fiancé has a very famous art friend who paints royalty and Elizabeth is an aspiring artist herself. All of these stories were page turners, and I know as with the previous books, that they are all connected. And they are all so well told that I did not know which one was my favorite, but each chapter change brought us to another time. I highly recommend this series. This book was very hard to put down and do real life and castles are one of my favorite things. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
E_Espinoza 25 days ago
The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel, Book 3), by Kristy Cambron, is a thoroughly compelling book from beginning to end. Exceptionally well-written, this novel connects intriguing events from the present with powerful events of the past to create a triple-timeline story that is very captivating. Ms. Cambron’s gift for storytelling is phenomenal. Excellent pacing and beautiful descriptions ensure this novel is a pleasure to read. With plenty of mystery, history, and romance, this book is certainly difficult to put down! A significant setting, remarkable characters, and relevant themes, elevate and enhance this novel. The British castle setting plays a pivotal role in all three timelines, and becomes more than a mere location. It harbors truths waiting to be uncovered, adding to the romance, allure, and mystery of the story. Though they must grapple with daunting secrets, peril, and uncertainty, the characters in this novel display a strength and determination that is profoundly inspiring. As they cope with loss, fear, and wariness, the characters manage to endure and hold fast to their purpose. Furthermore, in the midst of danger and heartache, fundamental themes of perseverance, justice, courage, sacrifice, and love offer encouragement and hope. The Painted Castle is an utterly meaningful and moving novel. The interwoven timelines are wholly fascinating and truly memorable. This novel is engaging, inspiring, and extremely satisfying. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I received a copy of this novel through the publisher and CelebrateLit. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Becky5 25 days ago
Kristy Cambron closes out her Lost Castle series with The Painted Castle, the story of Kiera and Emory. Reminiscent of an old movie, the accused art thief and the art historian/evaluator work together until the fire of rumors and truth gets too hot and combustion takes place. Happily, we are simultaneously fed snippets of the survival of the castle manor and its inhabitants during WW II, plus another possible love development. To make things even better, if not more complicated, Cambron weaves in and out yet a third tale of a young girl who sees her father murdered and grows up vowing to get revenge. This is one tapestry that shows the immense skill of the author, working so many different strands seamlessly together into a beautiful, satisfying and educational product. Authors like Cambron are opening my eyes to the world of WWII. I have always avoided reading about this time due to the great pain and terror it produced, but Cambron shows there is life between the times of terror. Love, kindness, and a desire to help others can flourish like a determined weed between cracks of cement in an otherwise ugly, resistant world of hate and war. I love seeing the best of humanity come out and shine forth brightly when it seems the worst of humanity is winning for a season. I especially saw this in Amelia and Wyatt’s story, which takes place at Parham Hill during the Great War. My recommendation? You can read this book as a stand-alone. If you do, hurry and get the first two books like I plan to, and find out the riches you ‘ve missed out on. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit. This in no way affected my opinions, for which I am solely responsible.
MelissaF 25 days ago
Another wonder book from Kristy. I have so enjoyed this series and this travel to these different castle and the rich history that Kristy brings to life. There is a family connection to these books, these different siblings are tied to the castle in some way. We get three different time periods to experience what happened, each story as intriguing as the next and I could never wait to get back to the next one but didn’t really want to leave the story I was currently reading. If you enjoy contemporary, history, romance and some a bit in mystery this book is right up your ally. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
FHlady 26 days ago
Cambron finishes her Lost Castle series with a bang. Her first book took the reader to a French Castle, the second to an Irish Castle, and the last takes us to the castle at Parham Hill Estate Framlingham England. Once again Cambron employs a split time story line each of which could be a wonderful stand alone novel. The time periods are mid 1800's, 1944 World War 2 as England is being bombarded by the Germans, and finally modern day as the castle is being restored. The central focus that blends the 3 periods together is a painting. The contemporary period is also connected to the previous two books through the Foley family. Elizabeth Meade, Amelia Woods and Kiera Foley are the female MC's in each time period. Each is a strong, independent female who has unusual pursuits for her time period. The male MC's were each unique and interesting. I especially appreciated that the romance for each time period played a background to the suspense element. This book grabbed my attention for start to finish as the suspense drove the plot. Each story line was equally intriguing and kept me turning pages. The descriptions of the locale and the castle brought the book to life and made me want to hop a jet and fly to England. Each book in this series reads well as a stand alone; but you are definitely missing something if you don't read them all. FAVORITE QUOTE: "Books are a completely personal kind of journey. On the first page they ask us not only to be willing, but to be moved, changed, persuaded, even made new by the time we reach the end. Everyone's walk though is different." **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Erin_Slocum 26 days ago
My Thoughts on The Painted Castle: At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. I was sucked into the story but the story kept changing! There are three stories within this one book that all combine and rotate around one painting. But each story is a different period in time. I’m not sure which story is my favorite. If I had to choose one it would be that of Elizabeth. I love her character. She’s so full of passion and drive and yet she can admit when she’s wrong. Plus of course she gets to fall in love and she’s also seeking a murderer. Good mysteries always get me. This one has a mystery in two of the three storylines. Well, you could say there is one big mystery that overpowers the whole story. And then there are two sub mysteries that work within two of the smaller storylines. Of course, each of the subplots also has a romantic story going on too. Because what would a book be without a good romance going on. Here you get three. Because there are three different plots it can get a little bit confusing at times. I also really would have liked to hear more about the WWII storyline for after the war. It’s hard to tell you what I want to know without giving stuff away though so guess I’ll keep those thoughts in my head. I highly recommend this book but be prepared to give it your full attention or you’ll get lost in the time changes. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
SBMC 26 days ago
“I’m sort of living here. Thought it was for the time being, but this place grows on you after a while, doesn’t it? All of a sudden you look up and you’re standing in a place that starts to whisper, ‘You’re home.’ And what’s funny is, you believe it without question.” What a fantastic conclusion to the Lost Castle series! Kristy Cambron truly has a gift for storytelling and she has woven yet another well-crafted time slip novel that will pull you in from the first page. Balancing three time lines, three subplots, and three sets of main characters is tough and yet the author does it flawlessly and then brings all of them together at the end. Each time period has a fully developed plot and beautifully sketched characters who will pull at your heartstrings. Reading The Painted Castle is like going on a thrilling scavenger hunt to discover the treasure and story within objects from the past. The Victorian world of 1843 is fascinating in its shrouded mystery as Elizabeth vows to avenge her father’s death and we learn of the origins of the Queen Victoria portrait that the book centers around. 1944 brings a world of heartache as WWII rages on in England and yet Amelia discovers hope as she tends Perham Manor and the home’s own story comes forth. Present day finds Keira, the youngest of the Foleys, unearthing joy, pain, love, and second chances in Perham Manor’s history and hidden treasures. If you have followed the series, you will appreciate the Foley brothers’ role in the book but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. If you enjoy delightful time slip novels full of history, romance, charm and redemption, you must read this book! I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
LucyMR1 26 days ago
An epic finale to The Lost Castle series that cinches it for a top ten spot on my reading list this year. The sheer beauty of the storytelling makes you fall in love with all three of the split time storylines. The words flow like a gentle river changing course effortlessly and snowballing into a spectacular ending. I found myself thirsting for more and couldn’t put it down. I needed tissues at times and found myself smiling at others. Keira, Amelia, and Elizabeth are all strong women from different eras that are struggling to find their way after loss and devastation in their lives. Healing comes to each in its own way. My favorite quote that sums the totality of the book is, “Don’t be afraid. It’s never about the end of a road, is it? ...... This one will leave you astounded and wishing it didn’t have to end. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Deana0326 27 days ago
This story is an enchanting journey through three different time periods. I love these kind of time slip stories where we travel to faraway places. I love the historical concept of the story and especially the art world. I enjoy going to Art museums and gazing at the breathtaking displays of perfection. It amazes me how an author can write a story of three different eras and weave them seamlessly into a best seller. The vivid descriptions of the destinations were easy to understand and made me want to learn more about them. Each woman in the story plays a part in connecting the dots and making the story mesmerizing. It is hard to say which character I liked more because each one had qualities that intrigues me. Elizabeth was very gifted and I liked the mystery surrounding her father's death. Will she be able to identify him and bring him to justice? To witness such a tragedy must have left scars in Elizabeth's life and I liked how she never gave up. Keira was a person I admired. I loved her keen eye for the arts and how precise she was in determining a fake. It must take a lot of studying and attention to detail for someone to be an expert. Her story had mystery and surprises and takes us to the very depth of the art world. Amelia was a very caring person who opened her home for children who have been displaced. I did laugh when she is invaded by soldiers who take up residence at her home as well. It is a full house and leads to a story rich in history and trust. Throughout each story in this book we can find one common thread. I won't say what it is because you the reader will have an adventure as you travel throughout history and see how gifted the author is in writing emotional, historical and memorable characters. I love how the author uses her research to make the story more realistic and give us a book that flows with ease. This is the last in the series and I think the best. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Librarycataloger 28 days ago
Don't be afraid. It's never about the end of the road, is it? It's about living and loving in the journey we take to get where we are. Right now. Right to this very moment." Three time periods and three different women, each with their own distinct story, but all connected because of one location. Author Kristy Cambron has created a wonderful tale centered around Parham Hill Estate in England and she sets the stories in 1843, in 1944, and finally, in the present day. Each woman is very special and unique: in Victorian England Elizabeth Meade needed to solve her father's murder and Amelia Woods was dismayed that World War II soldiers had taken up residence at Parham Hill. She had created a haven there for the children affected by the war and the American soldiers were a daily reminder of how their lives had been changed by the fighting. In the present-day Keira Foley becomes involved with a painting that has played a role in the other two stories and she must prove her ability to recognize true art versus reproduction as she evaluates this painting at the manor. Three different women whose stories are connected by an English estate, a cottage, a library, and a painting of Queen Victoria. There are so many emotions woven into The Painted Castle: defeat, sadness, triumph, and exhilarating happiness. We are given glimpses of three beautiful romances but most of all, we receive the ultimate message of love. We are reminded of the need for forgiveness and redemption and that we can all achieve it through Jesus Christ. Cambron possesses an unique talent in writing time-split novels and I never felt lost or confused about which story I was reading. She drew me in, she made me a part of their lives, and she made me sorry when I had to say goodbye. In the author's notes there are some of the historical facts that added so much reality and I highly recommend The Painted Castle to all who enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. This review is voluntary and these thoughts are my own.
Digiecard 29 days ago
Description A lost painting of Queen Victoria. When art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting at a centuries-old East Suffolk manor, she hopes this is just the thing to get her career and life back on track. But from the time she arrives at Parham Hill Estate and begins working alongside rumored art thief Emory Scott, she’s left with far more questions than answers. Could this lost painting of Queen Victoria be a duplicate of the original Winterhalter masterpiece, and if so, who is the artist? As Keira begins to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, two women emerge from the estate’s forgotten past. In Victorian England, talented sketch artist Elizabeth Meade is engaged to Viscount Huxley, then owner of Parham Hill. However, Elizabeth’s real motive for being at Parham Hill has nothing to do with art or marriage. She’s determined to avenge her father’s brutal murder—even if it means a betrothal to the very man she believes committed the crime. A century later, Amelia Woods—a World War II widow who has turned Parham Hill and its beloved library into a boarding school for refugee children—receives military orders to house a troop of American pilots. She is determined the children in her care will remain untouched by the war, but the task is proving difficult with officers taking up every square inch of their world . . . and one in particular vying for a space in Amelia’s long-shut up heart. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the peak of England’s home-front tensions at the end of WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a story of heartache and hope and unlocks secrets lost for generations just waiting to be found. My Review: If you enjoy reading about castles and especially secrets, then The Painted Castle is the book for you. As part of a trilogy, this third and final book is well written and interesting to read with three stories in one. it is easy to follow and solving the mystery of the painting definitely kept me intrigued until the very end. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. If you enjoy Historical fiction books, then this is the book for you.
NKBookReviewer 29 days ago
The Painted Castle by author Kristy Cambron is a page turning, three story, three different century delightful third and final installment in her Lost Castle series. This Christian fiction has romance, mystery, and intrigue. I loved it. The three time periods are Victorian, WWII, and present day. Each era has a romantic couple and all of the stories weave together flawlessly. Author Cambron is a wordsmith extraordinaire. I was immediately invested in this book. All three stories are equally well written and riveting. The characters are realistic and believable. Conversations are lively and smooth. The descriptive writing makes it easy to imagine the surroundings. The story has been well thought, planned, researched, and written. I had not read the other two books and had no trouble following along in this one. However, I will get them because this book is phenomenal. I highly recommend The Painted Castle for any fiction or art lover. You will be entertained, inspired, and enthralled. I am definitely rating this 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
Ourpugs 29 days ago
The painted Castle The Painted Castle has three time periods in the story. 1800, 1944 and present time. Also set in England. The story starts out when Elizabeth is a young girl in 1833 and then when she has grown up in 1843. I think my favorite time period of the book was the one set in 1944. They have bees they are caring for, it is during the war. They have a library in the Estate that I thought was cool. I always admired a author that can keep track of so much in writing a book like this. Historical and present time that ties together. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own opinion.