Book Review, Historical

Book Review – The Lost Castle

Title: The Lost Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

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About the book:

Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own.

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.

 

My thoughts:

This was a book that I’d been looking forward to reading for a very long time! I just couldn’t wait! I didn’t make it on to the launch team, so I didn’t have a paperback copy in hand to read, but I did get an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) through netgalley, which is a kindle version. So I had started reading it that way. Then my request at the library came in, so I was relieved to be able to finish reading the paperback copy.

However….because of other reading commitments, books that had to be reviewed, etc., I pushed The Lost Castle to the back burner for a few weeks. I was finally able to get back to it and finish it.

I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was because I had started it earlier, and then just let it sit there…maybe it was because I was so looking forward to reading it…anyhow, it just didn’t quite click with me as much as I thought it would.

Please don’t get me wrong–I liked the book. But I wouldn’t give it a 5 star rating.

Maybe it was also because there were three different time lines going on, it felt a bit distracting…like you’d just figure out what was going on in one time, then it was off to the next one…I think I would have liked to have just a bit more in depth details with each of the three heroines. (They were all great, but I just didn’t feel like there was quite enough ‘time’ with each one.)

There’s Avaline from the 1780’s. About to enter an arranged marriage. And then disaster strikes. This is where you get your first glimpse of this lovely castle.

The modern day heroine is Ellie. She is determined to find out more about her grandmother’s history and makes a trip to France. I liked her and definitely would have enjoyed reading more about her.

And then there’s Ellie’s grandma, Vi. The heroine from WWII days. This castle played in quite prominently in that time period as well.

Lady Vi was the character that drew me in the most. She’s kind of the central connection for the entire story.
Her bravery in the midst of the terrifying war zones of WWII, her love for the French castle, and so much more.
I also liked Ellie and her determination in seeking out her grandmother’s story.
Because I love history, and especially enjoy reading and learning about it through fiction, I still enjoyed this book very much. If you like historical fiction, especially from the WWII era, I think you’ll like it too!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

If you are reading this and you have read this book already, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

 

And I would absolutely LOVE to be able to visit a castle like this someday…traveling through Ireland, France, England, and see lovely old places like this is on my bucket list…who knows, maybe some day?! 🙂

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