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    Interesting novel

    This was a very interesting novel set in France with three different time periods. 1789 during the French Revolution, 1944 during WWII, and present day. Each chapter relayed the particular time period to keep you informed. The going between time periods wasn't a problem for me but what did occasionally confuse me was that a time period might be represented at a certain time and then the next time it was picked up might go back in time itself. I found myself referring back to previous chapters to make sure I wasn't missing anything. The story itself was a good one. Previous castle owners, and family ancestors were connected to the present day characters. Ellie Carver went to France in search of lost history of her grandmother, who is fading slowly away with Alzheimer's. She feels that the castle ruins hold a history important to learn about her grandmother Vi before it's too late. The two war periods held danger for those in the story as well as a strong faith in God to hold on to during those difficult times. Love was a strong component that triumphed over prearranged matches. And a true historical portrayal added to knowledge that I previously had not realized, a bonus for me. Avaline (from the first time period) showed a great love for violets. It made me want to go out and plant a bunch in my own yard! My favorite quote from The Lost Castle: "The story we're writing in this life, day by day, it's a gift from God and we can't afford to waste a moment of it." I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to write a review.
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    Exceeded my high expectations!

    Modern-day Ellie Carver, WW2’s Lady Vi, and the French Revolution’s Aveline each have compelling storylines which are powerful enough to stand on their own yet the way these three lives are interwoven with The Sleeping Beauty castle across the centuries elevates this book to extraordinary literary heights! Engaging, authentic, and enchanting, this story nestled deep within my reader heart and graced my spirit with the gentle reminder of God’s grace and its restorative power to resurrect beauty from ashes. This book completely knocked my socks off with rich, vivid storytelling and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Get Blissfully Lost Between the Pages of This Book

    " . . . the story we're writing in this life, day by day, it's a gift from God and we can't afford to waste a minute of it." The lives of three women, separated by generations, change in a minute's time. As one watches her grandmother slip away into the oblivion of disease, her heart is challenged to solve the mystery of a photograph that seems to matter more than either of them can ask or think. Another, has what should have been the most wonderful night of her life, torched by the flames of a political revolution that finds its intended target. Yet a third volunteers her life for the cause of freedom, when those she loves become victims in one of the worst wars the world has ever known. At the center of it all lies a castle. Majestic, beloved, courageous; its walls protecting the stories of those who gave up their hearts when its foundation crumbled, only to rise again; in spite of the fact that there was a "lady who disappeared into the grove one night, and never returned", or perhaps it was because of her. Kristy Cambron has written a masterpiece.
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    A winning read!

    Kristy Cambron's newest novel, The Lost Castle is a winning read! A triple time story set in modern day, World War II and the French revolution. It is centered around a medieval castle in the French Loire Valley. Cambron's story reads smoothly as she doesn't spend too much time on one storyline before moving to another. It flows well. Her subject matter is compelling. One subject it tackles which affects so many of us in our 21st century world when our elders are living longer lives and afflicted with dementias such as Alzheimer's. Our modern-day heroine Ellison finds herself in the long goodbye of her beloved and only living relative Grandmother Vi, who has been not only a Grandmother but also parented her due to the tragic loss of her parents as a young child. Ellie's Grandmother Vi's story is told amidst the French resistance during World War 2. The origins of the castle and the beginning of its story is set during the time of the French revolution. The castle is set in the lush French countryside surrounded by vineyards and wine production is detailed. The theme of God's generational faithfulness is weaved through the story as well as the need of discovering one's purpose in this world. Kristy kept me intrigued the whole way through as I pondered the mystery of how the three stories would intersect and the answer to the underlying question of just who was the modern day owner of the castle?

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