Friday, May 4, 2018
Review: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
Book Description "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."
The Lost Castle covers three women over three different time periods and the story goes back and forth through these time periods: Ellie in the present time, Lady Vi during WWII, and Aveline during the French Revolution. Not only does it move through the three time periods, during each time period it also moves back and forth in time. Some people might think that moving through the time periods would confuse the reader, but it does not. You do have to pay attention while you are reading, but the transitioning through the different time periods made for a fascinating story that I could not stop reading! I loved the way the author spun the tale and drew the worlds of these three women together around the Sleeping Beauty castle. My favorite character was Aveline. Her character's interest and compassion for the peasant class during her time had long reaching consequences. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read and I will definitely be looking for books by Kristy Cambron in the future.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclising this in accordance to FTC regulations.