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The Painted Castle

(Lost Castle #3)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  745 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding
Paperback, 381 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published October 2019)
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Sarah Monzon
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh!!! Excuse me while I fangirl gush but this book was sooo good!! Rich descriptions, characters that will steal your heart, and a plot (or three!) that will keep you turning the pages. No sagging middle here folks. I was gripped from page one and engrossed in all three storylines. I kept picking a favorite only to change my pick every time the book jumped to the next time period. They were all that good. Just goes to show that Kristy Cambron is a master of story telling. I’ve loved all three ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable
This book is just so raw and gorgeous. I can't fathom how I'm going to write an adequate review. 💔

My heart is broken and weary, but yet whole. I can't even explain it.

Kristy Cambron has taught me to love historical fiction far more than I ever thought was possible. My heart hurts just thinking about the emotions and memories twisted within me. Her words flowed right off the page and turned me soft--connected with me--in the same way Andrew Peterson managed in his book Adorning the Dark.

Very fe
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Present day renovations at Parham Hill Manor lead to the discovery of a royal portrait and call for art historian Keira to move in. How did it get there and is it authentic?
The reader gets familiar with the manor's former residents Elizabeth and Amelia by moving chapters from 19th to 20th century back to present time.
The writing is good and pulls you right in. While quiet on the outside, turmoil rules inside the walls of the manor. Think murder, art theft, beehives, protective brothers and high
Rachel McMillan
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A richly layered narrative for readers of Pam Jenoff, Rachel Hauck and Sarah Sundin. Cambron’s welcome knowledge of visual art as well as her penchant for marrying passion for location with splendid descriptive construction create an ode to the timeless quest for romance across the centuries. The Painted Castle wields an artist’s attention to detail, impeccable research and sheer soul that stir the savvy reader to recognize they are being given the rare opportunity to peer i
Julie Carpenter
As the book opens, the reader is introduced to a young girl named Elizabeth. I was pulled in quickly with the vibrant emotions all while viewing this opening scene from her young eye. Many details are brought to light in that little snippet of time of Elizabeth's life. From there the reader finds themself racing across an English countryside, transported to Ireland in a well-known pub with a storm brewing outside, then once more transported to an English countryside on a beautiful sunny day whil ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Kristy Cameron has left me speechless. She truly has a gift for storytelling.

To weave masterfully three timelines that complete each other perfectly and keep my engage throughly is spectacular.

I truly believe she has outdone herself with “The Painted Castle” and I can’t find the proper words to do this book justice.
It’s quite an adventure from a bustling pub in Dublin to a mysterious manor in England, from war torn fields to a majestic library, from balls and the secrets hidden inside
Jocelyn Green
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes with timeslip novels, I find one storyline more interesting than another, which makes for sort of uneven reading experience. Not so with The Painted Castle! Each of the three different stories (set in Victorian, World War 2, and Present Day eras) kept me enthralled from page one to the end. How does Kristy do this? All three settings, plots, and sets of characters were so richly drawn, I felt like I was getting three novels in one, all connected to each other. And the writing itself ar ...more
Cambron finishes her Lost Castle series with a bang. Her first book took the reader to a French Castle, the second to an Irish Castle, and the last takes us to the castle at Parham Hill Estate Framlingham England. Once again Cambron employs a split time story line each of which could be a wonderful stand alone novel. The time periods are mid 1800's, 1944 World War 2 as England is being bombarded by the Germans, and finally modern day as the castle is being restored. The central focus that blends ...more
Hallie Szott
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

In the third Lost Castle novel, Kristy Cambron intertwines stories across history with exquisite talent, and The Painted Castle proves to be a page turner, indeed.

Kiera Foley (sister to the brothers featured in the previous two books) has the opportunity to restore order to her life with a trip to the East Suffolk countryside. Yet, what she finds there draws her into a centuries-old story, connected to women with incredible opportunities and lessons in trust.

If you love historical-contemporar
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is a delightful Christian novel and the third book in the Lost Castles series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once more Kristy Cambron has taken historical detail and facts and woven a marvellous tale. The novel is a triple timeline story being set in 1843, 1944 and present day. The focus is Framlingham in Suffolk and a private painting of Queen Victoria. Similar themes and a mystery unite the tales down the years.
There are a wonderful mix of characters. I c
Toni Shiloh
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Painted Castle was a fantastic end to a great series. As with the other two books in the series, Ms. Cambron
offers three points of view all in different eras. We visit 1843, WWII, and present day. I loved each setting, each set of characters, and waiting to see how they were all linked.

I think my favorite historical setting was the WWII story. So captivating and the hero…swoon!

As for present day, Emory Scott is an understated hero but his heroine, is feisty and the youngest sister to the Fol
Sarah Sundin
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Painted Castle unfolds the mysteries of Parham Hill Estate through three intriguing women in three eras, united by a portrait, a library, and tragedies. Kristy Cambron lovingly sketches the English scenery, and the story is enriched though the glimpses of history. And the romance – sigh! I truly loved following all three stories and watching how they braid together. Highly recommended!
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there was an avid reader who had her brain fried by the sheer artistry of an author's storytelling. The reader's short circuited neurons left her incapable of composing a review worthy of such literary mastery which resulted in ineffectual garbled run-on sentences as well as an accumulation of exclamation marks that would send an editor into fits of the vapors. (insert deep breath here.)

Redundant phrases such as "This book is so good!!!!!" and "Too many heroes to swoon over!!!!!
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free ebook copy for a review*

And with that, the series ends. Beautifully pieced together and echoes of hope for the characters and readers alike.

I read this slowly, savouring the stories of different settings. There's something to say for a writing style that enables you to imagine yourself with the characters, going through what they're experiencing. I adored Elizabeth, Amelia, & Kiera. I loved their stories and how they learned similar thing
The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron
Three time periods: 1833-43, 1944 and present day
Genre: Historical fiction and Romance
Main characters:
Elizabeth Meade: Lost everything when her father was killed
Keaton James: Viscout Huxley over Parham Castle
Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Famous painter
Amelia Wood: Widowed wife of a viscount during WWII
Captain Wyatt Stevens: Leader of officers bunking at Amelia's castle
Luca and Liesl: German brother and sister displaced
Present Day
Carole Jarvis
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Kristy Cambron excels at the split-time novel, a form I have always enjoyed, but even more so in Cambron’s talented hands. Each of her novels has been a masterpiece, but the Lost Castle series has especially resonated with me. While The Painted Castle beautifully concludes the series, I wish it could go on and on.

The Painted Castle enveloped me in three time periods – Victorian England, World War II, and current day. Three strong women captu
The Painted Castle is a tremendous conclusion to the Lost Castle series. This series had me dreaming of discovering and exploring a castle of my own. While each book tells the story of a different family member in the Foley family, each can be read as a standalone.

Kristy Cambron expertly weaves the separate stories of three heroines, separated in time, into a brilliant masterpiece. While I am usually most engrossed in the historical story lines of a split time novel, I found all three heroines
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it

This is one of those novels that I wanted to like more than I did. The writing was excellent but I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I liked how each time slip was connected to each, but again it didn't affect me emotionally. Each relationship between each woman in each of the timeslips I felt didn't have the information that I needed to really like either of them. This sucks for me
Marsha Dixon
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Painted Castle is the third and last book in The Lost Castle series. Im sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the characters and so many different times. As in the other two books, this one has three different timelines also, which I normally don’t care for very much. Kristy Cambron has merged these together to form a story I had a hard time putting down. It was hard to not skip forward as I was eager to see what happened next. The characters and castle have grown on me as I read t ...more
The Lit Bitch
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I said yes to before realizing that it was part of a series. When I realized that it was indeed part of a series, I was a little apprehensive about reading it because it was the third book in the series.

But I really wanted to read it because it sounded so incredibly good and I love ‘sweeping’ novels and this book promised that and so much more so I didn’t want to pass on in simply because I hadn’t read the other books.

So I decided that I was just going to have to read it and
Jenny Q
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming story entwining three different generations in three different time periods, and at the heart of each is the same special library and the mysterious portrait it holds. The portrait mystery is based on a real portrait of a young Queen Victoria painted by Franz Winterhalter, known as "the secret picture," featuring Victoria in a more informal pose for her husband, Prince Albert, and the mystery of who painted the copy of it and how it came to be walled away in a secret libra ...more
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third A Lost Castle Novel. I was not aware of this when I picked up the book. It did not hinder my enjoyment of the story until I reached the epilogue which made references the earlier books. I thought the story contained good writing with thoughtful pacing. The Painted Castle moves back-and-forth between three time periods which are 1843, 1944 and present day. The characters are developed and suit each era. My favorite was Amelia Woods, a widow, who i ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved it!
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I fell into this book, and I didn’t want to leave! I loved every moment I spent in the pages of this captivating book! Resplendent with vivid imagery, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters all brought this story to life in my imagination. I equally enjoyed all three of the story-lines and thought that Kristy Cambron tied them together quite brilliantly!

These characters pulled me in and invited me along the journey. I felt every heart-p
Becca-Rae Weidel
Wow what an incredible conclusion to the Lost Castle series! Kristy Cambron has quickly made her way onto my must-read authors list. She knows how to grip a readers heart and keeping it until long after the back cover has closed. Amazing.

One thing I appreciated about this novel was the level of connection I seemed to develop with each of the heroines. Their hearts were laid bare before the reader in such intimate and tangible ways that our journeys became entwined. It felt as if the pages had st
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this series since the beginning and this is my favorite!

The three timelines and stories were so good! Three amazing couples discovering love in less than ideal circumstances. Three settings that pull the reader in—Victorian age, WWII, and present time.

In the other books, I usually had a couple that was my favorite, but not in this book. I was rooting for each one from the beginning, hoping they'd each find their own HEA despite the insurmountable odds and tragic pasts.

Then the
Morgan Smith
What a fantastic conclusion to Kristy’s Lost Castle series!! I adore England so give me a manor house and cottage and dashing WWII soldiers and Queen Victoria and a female artist...need I say more!
Marguerite Gray
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an imaginative adventure through three historical times, each adding a layer of mystery and clues to answer questions about an impressive painting of Queen Victoria. I’ve read the first two Lost Castle novels by Kristy Cambron and loved them. This one is as mysterious and entertaining.

As a reader, I try to figure out the strings attaching the different periods, but Cambron does such an excellent job of adding a few bits at a time, that I find I don’t want to put the book down. Even if I di
I enjoyed this Historical Fiction novel and the writing is absolutely fabulous and well-researched. The descriptions were so rich with detail and with characters you will absolutely fall in love with. I enjoyed the three time periods equally and they are beautifully weaved into this amazing story. Cambron has three strong characters in the three different time periods with a suspenseful plot that will absolutely have you turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as I ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel Book 3) by Kristy Cambron is Split Time Christian Historical Mystery Fiction. The Split Times are in 1843,1944 and present day in an English Castle. Secrets, a mysterious death, an unusual book, art work linked to a queen and a famous artist. The characters experience the reality of life with trials but God is always present changing and fulfilling their lives. Interesting actual historical details of each time period are woven into the story. This book is ...more
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KRISTY CAMBRON is a vintage-inspired storyteller writing from the space where art, history, and faith intersect. She's a Christy Award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut, The Butterfly and the Violin, and nonfiction, including the Verse Mapping series of Bibles and Bible studies. A self-proclaimed history nerd, she loves to chase all things research, going behind ...more

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