The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
Genre: historical, inspirational
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?
Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .
Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.*
Where do I begin? There are so many emotions running rampant through my brain right now, I can’t adequately express them all in words.
I have said it before, and I will say it again…Kristy Cambron was a favorite of mine before I even read any of her books. No matter what she is writing (a blog post, a book, or an article) her words are filled with such life and truth that you can’t help but feel surrounded by God’s presence. As you read, you will find yourself filled with His love.
With multiple timelines, Cambron keeps you on your toes as you jump from present day, to 1789 French Revolution, to the middle of WWII in 1944, and back again. Each of these timelines is anchored with the lost castle in the Loire Valley as a central location. Though you would think it might be hard, Cambron keeps it easy to keep track of where you are and the added dimension sheds light on the story in a new way.
Three courageous women, three swoon-worthy heroes, and a castle that binds them all together. I wish with all my heart that this whole story were real. I would love to be able to look in my history book and see the names Vivay, Viola Hart, and Aveline Saint-Moreau staring back at me.
This is a story of courage, of love, of passion, and of faith. The Lost Castle has found a very special place in my heart. This is a story that will change you.
*synopsis from Amazon.com