The Lost Castle

The Lost Castle

Launching a brand-new series, Kristy Cambron explores the collision of past and present as she discovers the ruins of a French castle, long lost to history.A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France's picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolutio...

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The Lost Castle Reviews

  • Clara

    Solid five along with a box of tissues. You ripped my heart with this one, girl!

    I've been trying to compose myself to write a proper review but I've failed miserably. So I'm just gonna try to get some words out without giving away too much of the plot.

    Kristy Cambron is one of my favorite authors and I first fell in love with her stories through her split-time WWII books, therefore I knew how masterfully she could write this type of story. Even so, I confess I warily started out "The Lost Castle"

    Solid five along with a box of tissues. You ripped my heart with this one, girl!

    I've been trying to compose myself to write a proper review but I've failed miserably. So I'm just gonna try to get some words out without giving away too much of the plot.

    Kristy Cambron is one of my favorite authors and I first fell in love with her stories through her split-time WWII books, therefore I knew how masterfully she could write this type of story. Even so, I confess I warily started out "The Lost Castle" because we wouldn`t be taken through only two different time-settings but three...

    But I should not have doubted. Right from the beginning, this book owned my heart.

    When you see ruins, do you believe in a potential story there or do you just see a decaying useless place? Do you see possibilities or just waste?

    The historical settings tell the stories of Aveline during the French Revolution and Viola Hart during WWII and how each one of these brave women came to a magnificent castle. Theirs is a world torn apart by wars challenging human beings to survive and to not treat each other with hostility. And, honestly, once you've seen true devastation and once you've experienced desolation, how can you go back to a naive and protected life? I dived into these two stories from the beginning and held my breath many times. My heart also melted through sweet moments of tenderness woven here in there, which promised to be more than a calm before the storm, but an honest building of camaraderie to see through battles coming ahead.

    Present day, we follow Ellie Carver in search for answers about her grandma, the one person who she used to think she knew best of all but who might actually have secrets never shared with her granddaughter. In the brisk of loss caused by Alzheimer, Ellie is willing to cross sea and valleys in search of a story before it is too late. I adored this setting with Quinn butting heads with Ellie, and Titus's sense of humor adding the perfect spice to keep me turning the pages. Oh, and don't get me started on the descriptions of wine country France and small enchanting French villages - oh la la!

    Nevertheless, I didn't put much faith in this part, didn't believe in its potential to add depth to the story or to make me connect and understand the characters. May I say I was so wrong, so very wrong. The author brought everything together so beautifully and organically that I shed tears through most of the last quarter of the book. I was (am) awestruck.

    To be able to provoke such strong compassionate and thought-provoking feelings through the entire book, one, may I point out again, set during three different timelines, is a true work of art and surrender of a gift.

    In sum, the past stories were about two women working alongside their people to persevere, maintain a legacy, keep hope alive and find contentment in not just being, but genuinely living. And so they (re)build a story greater than themselves. The present time story is also about restoration and the opening of eyes to the gifts we each have been given. But, in addition, it is also about rediscovering and reawakening of an ever-present and ever faithful Love that overflows and exceeds understanding.

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC. This is my honest review.

  • Elizabeth

    I loved this book. The cover was enough to get my attention. But the story...my goodness, it was amazing! I gravitate to these types of books, but adding a third period to the plot was a wonderful idea.

    The plot itself unravels slowly, moving between three periods in the Castle's history: the French Revolution, World War II and the resistance in France and the current time. I was briefly concerned that I would be confused, but that was not the case.

    The central story revolves around Ellie, a young

    I loved this book. The cover was enough to get my attention. But the story...my goodness, it was amazing! I gravitate to these types of books, but adding a third period to the plot was a wonderful idea.

    The plot itself unravels slowly, moving between three periods in the Castle's history: the French Revolution, World War II and the resistance in France and the current time. I was briefly concerned that I would be confused, but that was not the case.

    The central story revolves around Ellie, a young woman whose grandmother is in a nursing home afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. She asks Ellie to travel to France to find the lost love of her life. Well the story had me there. I was hooked. As it continues, we meet Ellie's grandmother as a young woman and a cast of characters who originally inhabited and visited the Castle many years before.

    I devoured this book. It had everything I was looking for: a great plot full of history, a castle, great characters and an author who knew how to write.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Deanne Patterson

    Amazing! You will need to keep the box of tissues handy and a lump in your throat is guaranteed! What does a grandmother with Alzheimer's, an 18th century French woman and the grandmother's granddaughter all have in common? How about foxes,French wine and a brooch ? This story about the Sleeping Beauty is remarkable, partly based on fact part fairy tale. Beautiful sumptuous you will swear you are there with the vivid descriptions described within. Three story lines taking place here that I'll ad

    Amazing! You will need to keep the box of tissues handy and a lump in your throat is guaranteed! What does a grandmother with Alzheimer's, an 18th century French woman and the grandmother's granddaughter all have in common? How about foxes,French wine and a brooch ? This story about the Sleeping Beauty is remarkable, partly based on fact part fairy tale. Beautiful sumptuous you will swear you are there with the vivid descriptions described within. Three story lines taking place here that I'll admit are slightly confusing to keep track of at first but the more you read the easier it is to understand and it all masterfully ties together at the end. Cambron is a master storyteller here and I don't know how her next one can beat this one as she's at the top of her game here!

    Pub Date 06 Feb 2018

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson--FICTION for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    “Don’t borrow trouble,” Grandma Vi had always said. “Don’t borrow— but be sure you don’t set out to buy it either.”

    Tears, the real kind— the ones that meant everything was about to change and she must weather it all with newfound courage— refused to leave them be.

    My Review:

    The Lost Castle was not an easy or relaxing read, as the storylines were active and highly eventful while taut with tension, peril, infirmities, family drama, and three unexpected and inconvenient romances. Erg

    Favorite Quotes:

    “Don’t borrow trouble,” Grandma Vi had always said. “Don’t borrow— but be sure you don’t set out to buy it either.”

    Tears, the real kind— the ones that meant everything was about to change and she must weather it all with newfound courage— refused to leave them be.

    My Review:

    The Lost Castle was not an easy or relaxing read, as the storylines were active and highly eventful while taut with tension, peril, infirmities, family drama, and three unexpected and inconvenient romances. Ergo, it required additional effort and attention to keep it straight; however, it was well worth the time and cranial investment. The book covered three different timelines and involved a French vineyard, the family who operated the vineyard, a ruined castle, and three different feisty females who made all the difference. I cannot imagine the staggering amount the research required to pull this one together.

    The first two timelines were rife with wartime stressors occurring during the French Revolution and WWII, while the final timeline involved solving those lingering mysteries during the present day. The writing was atmospheric, highly emotive and deeply felt, scenically descriptive, and so vividly detailed that I fell right into each story feeling as if I could smell the flowers, feel the vibrations of the bombs, and hear the gunfire. The characters were uniquely appealing, endearing, enticing, heroic, and continually intriguing to me. Their tales frequently squeezed my heart, although near the end it also stung my eyes, burned my throat, and had my chin quivering.

    I enjoyed my time in France but I also picked up a few new words to add to my British Isles Vocabulary List, as one of my favorite characters was Irish. My first new addition was “chancer” a British term for an opportunist who takes advantage or manipulates others to their own benefit; then “olagonin’” meaning moaning/complaining; and finally “craicing” an Irish word for having fun. It’s always a bit of craic to pick up new slang.

  • Sarah Sundin

    As intricate as a French tapestry, as lush as the Loire Valley, and as rich as Ellie’s favorite pain au chocolat, The Lost Castle satisfies on every level. The three timelines weave and build upon each other, as the three heroines navigate dangerous times and unravel ancient secrets. Kristy Cambron’s writing evokes each era in loving detail, and the romances are touching and poignant. C’est bon!

  • Olivia

    When this book ended, my brain couldn't stop whirling.

    Everything came together so well—all three settings, 1789, 1944, and Present day. I'm so amazed how Krisy Cambron weaved all three stories into one. It is her most well-written, easy to follow stories yet. And it is only the first of a trilogy—I can't wait for the next two!

    Three woman—Avaline, Vi, and Ellie. They each have stories that reach into the heart of mankind and reveal raw emotions. I couldn't decide who I preferred more. There is s

    When this book ended, my brain couldn't stop whirling.

    Everything came together so well—all three settings, 1789, 1944, and Present day. I'm so amazed how Krisy Cambron weaved all three stories into one. It is her most well-written, easy to follow stories yet. And it is only the first of a trilogy—I can't wait for the next two!

    Three woman—Avaline, Vi, and Ellie. They each have stories that reach into the heart of mankind and reveal raw emotions. I couldn't decide who I preferred more. There is something special about each woman that made me anxiously await for each of their chapters.

    The descriptions were phenomenal. Everything came to live through the imagery words and it really did feel like a fairy tale, adorned with the most glorious sights and scenes. There are dark and sad moments, but so many happy times too. The theme of the story is faithfully living the life God gives each of us.

    Spiritual content was more than in

    , but still light and minimally threaded throughout. Somehow, though, it seems stronger because of the way this author brings to life her theme and intentions of a beautiful story. The romance is soft and sweet. It never came too soon, but followed the story perfectly.

    Content: There are several kisses, some slightly detailed, but all written sweetly. There are a couple social drinking scenes, and a setting involving a winery. There are a few intense scenes surrounding war, and some blood mentioned. Nothing overally detailed on that account. Also, there was one phrase that I consider a profanity (although that might not have been the authors intention).

    This is the type of book I could read again and view it through fresh eyes. Also, a warning: once you start this, don't put it down for too long in between reading times. It will grip you far too much ;) If you've never read Kristy Cambron, then you must try one of hers. Because her stories are the type that will linger for years to come, ones I would consider a classic in every essence of the word.

    *I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review*

  • Lori

    This novel is unique in that it has three storylines in different time periods going on at once. All the stories revolve around a castle and vineyard in the Loire Valley. I’ve traveled here and love this setting. The stories go back and forth between the French Revolution, WWII and the present. The transitions between these stories could’ve been better, trying too dicipher when and where the story was took a lil time to figure out. I still really enjoyed it overall & would recommend.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I love this author's evocative writing style, making it easy to get lost in a different era. The three different stories all focus on a strong female- Aveline, an aristocrat in hiding during the French Revolution, Vi, who is on a mission and also in hiding in Nazi-occupied France, and Ellie, our modern-day heroine who is searching for answers and connecting the secrets of the past. I have to admit that I really struggled with the triple timeline that gave each story equal attention, I generally

    I love this author's evocative writing style, making it easy to get lost in a different era. The three different stories all focus on a strong female- Aveline, an aristocrat in hiding during the French Revolution, Vi, who is on a mission and also in hiding in Nazi-occupied France, and Ellie, our modern-day heroine who is searching for answers and connecting the secrets of the past. I have to admit that I really struggled with the triple timeline that gave each story equal attention, I generally prefer when one story is central and the other(s) are used to enhance it. I was fascinated by each character's journey, but felt drawn out of it too quickly with each shift. But I wouldn't let my personal hangup prevent you from reading this book- so many of my reader friends are raving about it, and it really is beautifully written!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    The Lost Castle

    Series: Book #1 in the

    series.

    Spiritual Content- Isaiah 58:12 at the beginning; A few Prayers; A Chapel/Church & Seeing Stained Glass; A few talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches/chapels & church going; A few mentions of faiths; A few mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of Bibles; A mention of miracles;

    *Note: a ‘Judas!’ is exclaimed, and a ‘why in God’s name’ is said; A few mentions of evil people & their actions; A few mentions of calling others devils; A mention of something feeling hellish; A mention of a place being like an inner chamber of hell.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’ and two ‘blast’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); A mention of cursing someone; A bit of eye rolling; Seeing a loved one shot, bleeding, & dying (semi-detailed); An explosion & fires (up to semi-detailed); Bombs, Smoke, Gunfire, & Bodies (up to semi-detailed); Pain, Passing out, & Injuries (up to semi-detailed); Taste testing wine (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of wars, violence, revolutions/uprisings, fighting, deaths, & bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of explosions, bombs, fires, injuries, blood/bleeding, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of those shot, injured, & killed (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of Nazis, their guns, gunfire, executions, firing squads and hanging people; Mentions of prisons & attacks; Mentions of cowards to fled & wanting to hit them; Mentions of stealing & thieves; Mentions of threats; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of wine, winemakers, & drinking; A few mentions of a butcher & his bloody products; A few mentions of cigarettes; A couple mentions of jails; A couple mentions of animal & human waste; A couple mentions of pubs; A mention of dead cattle (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a snuff box;

    *Note: A few mentions of celebrities & singers; A few mentions of car brands; A mention of HGTV.

    Sexual Content- a hand kiss, not-detailed kisses, six barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of a misunderstanding of a man keeping a woman; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of a kiss & kissing; A couple mentions of breakups; A mention of a man slowly looking at a young woman’s body; A mention of a crush; Love, falling in love, & the emotions (x3).

    -Ellison “Ellie” Carver

    -Viola Hart

    -Aveline Sainte-Moreau

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Switches between 1788, 1789, 1790, 1941, 1943, 1944, & Present Day

    365 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star (and a half)

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)

    What an ending.

    I have to say first, right off the bat, this cover is absolutely

    . It definitely gets put in my Favorite Book Covers category.

    For the story, I’ve mentioned before that I really am not a fan of books split in different time periods, going back and forth between them.

    I think this author is trying to make me a fan, however.

    I did get confused a bit at first about the three time periods and our main three ladies, but by the first third in, at the end of each chapter, I didn’t want to switch to someone else, I wanting to keeping following that heroine! But then, I would read the next chapter and not want to switch from her point of view! It was a never-ending cycle while reading this one. ;)

    All the romances were very clean and sweet, and I liked all three young women. (I do have to think that Lady Vi in the 1940s was my favorite, though, which I think quite a few other readers will agree with me. ;) ) I wish there was a bit more faith content, but I do appreciate that it was all decently clean while being set during a major war and a revolution.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.

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