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    Compelling story of love and hope for the future

    Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is an entertaining time-slip novel that lovers of history will not want to miss. The author takes readers to Ireland where over the centuries three strong and vibrant women dream dreams, are confronted with storms of life and yet find the resilience to weather through those storms, and are able to learn to trust despite things of the past that have brought doubts and fears. Maeve of the late 1790s, Issy of 1916, and Laine of the present day, each have their hopes for a better future and their stories are set in the shadow of the Castle Chryn where 'the rise allowed something new to always grow.' Ireland comes alive with the author's descriptive writing style. It is easy to be drawn into the Irish countryside with sentences like 'standing again where ancient stones drew an outline against the early morning sky and the sea crashed the rocks in as vast and blue and heart-stirring a manner as she remembered.' Readers are transported from a contemporary setting to the times of the Irish rebellion for freedom and the author's excellent blending of historical research and riveting characters has created a wonderful story of three strong and courageous women. It's said that Ireland has a million stories if one stays long enough to learn them all. Cambron tells three of those stories in this compelling and powerful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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    Irish History Romance

    Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is the second book in the series A Lost Castle. This book is well researched historical fiction heavy on Irish history but pleasantly romantic also. Her book tells the stories in three time periods, of three families and their lives in joy and in sorrow. Excellent characters and enjoyed learning about the conflicts between the Irish and British. Looking forward to her next book in this series The Painted Castle. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. My thanks to the author, the publisher and netgalley for making this book available for me to read, enjoy and review.
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    Three different time frames - one incredible story

    My gosh! There are so many reasons why this book is a must read. The historical detail is incredible - I could almost see the streets of Dublin, feel the terror of rebellion, the frantic attempt to save lives from the flames and even picture the ruins of a castle that saw life centuries ago. I will admit I made copious notes as I read, trying to figure out how the different time frames came together. Evident through all of these were the Williams pears, pianos and faith - not prepackaged, but messy, raw and present even as the rain fell. 'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flames scorch you' Isaiah 43:2 (nkjv) A heartwarming story of love and loss, restoration and hope and perhaps, as the author stated 'a story of rebellion, not just Ireland but in all of us'. I received this book through Netgalley and CelebrateLit for my enjoyment. All impressions and opinions are my own.
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    An Irish Tale

    Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is the second book in her Lost Castle series. This is the story of Ireland’s fight for freedom. Spanning more than two centuries; it unites the tales of three women, woven around the Castle Chryn. The author brings to life the beautiful, breath-taking scenery that is the Emerald Isle. As you read you have no trouble imagining that you are there. What was hard was keeping up with three different stories. Each chapter alternated between the three characters and their respective time frames. It was hard to keep up at times and adjust from present day to the 1700’s. I thought that the stories would have made an excellent novella; telling each story on its own. The stories were well written and the history very informative without being boring. I did enjoy getting to know the characters and would enjoy reading another story by this author now that I am familiar with her writing style. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit in exchange for my honest review.
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