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The Painted Castle

(Lost Castle #3)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  161 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 surroundin
Paperback, 400 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
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 brothe
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 opportuni
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
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
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 cha
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
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 swo
Hallie Szott

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.
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
Keira Foley: Returned from New York where things fell apart for her
Emory Scott: Offering Keira a temporary job in EnglandEmory/>Present/>Luca/>Captain/>:/>Franz/>Keaton/>Elizabeth/>:
Carole Jarvis
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 captured my heart
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
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
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 learn
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
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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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-pounding moment righ
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 an
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
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
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
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
Trick Wiley
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Didn't know this was a series before I decided to read and review! To me no sense in reading the third book if I didn't read the first two to me it wouldn't get a fair review! I did start to read and then it got confusing cause I know I have missed books so going to mark this as not read!
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I’m not sure quite how Kristy Cambron manages to weave stories set in three different time periods, but she does so beautifully. Not once was I confused about which story I was in, which time period I was in, or which characters belong to which time period. Each story on its own was captivating, but seeing how they intertwine was amazing. First, you have to give kudos to an author who can even dream up a story such as this one. And then her writing ability just pulls you right in. Her descriptio ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Painted Castle was such a pleasure to read. It completes the Lost Castle series that has taken readers to France, Ireland and now England. It was lovely to catch a glimpse of the Foleys, Quinn, Cormac and Laine from the first books, and of course, Keira whose story appears in this book.

The three different timelines in The Painted Castle are the 1830's Victorian era, the 1940's WW2 era and present day. I was most drawn to the story of Amelia Woods and Captain Wyatt Stevens in the
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was written in 3 time periods about the lives of 3 women who lived in Parham Hill Manor.
Reading this book was an absolute delight. It is rich in a lot of history, art works and WWII. It captivated my attention till the last word.

I love reading about how each story of the 3 women, their lives and the men they came to love in the most direst of situations were woven together. It felt like each prepared the way for the one coming after her even though they never met. But
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided a free advanced copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this story, or should I say these stories!! I loved the intertwining of three stories throughout history around a single location. Getting little snippets of the other stories gave you clues and sometimes left you with more questions! Each story had great characters that I loved getting to know. My only complaint would be that some of the conflict came up and was resolved quickly at
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully written book! I was fully immersed in each of these three time periods and was completely invested in the characters. I rooted for great outcomes for them and breathed a satisfied sigh when the last page was turned.
Kristy Cambron has a unique gift for painting pictures with words on the page and vividly describing settings, characters, and situations so that the reader can visualize each scene as it unfolds. It is evident that the author knows a great deal about art and
Suzie Waltner
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristy Cambron gifts readers with her best castle book yet. Three couples through time are tied together by Parham Hill located in Framingham, England, and a painting.

I was so invested in each of these couples. Elizabeth, Amelia, and Kierra may live in different eras, struggle with different trials, and have different life experiences, but I rooted for each one of them.
The research and artistry are impeccable, and the prose is vibrant and moving. The Painted Castle is probably
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the final book in a trilogy, I didn't read the previous two installments and I never felt like I was missing information about the lead characters in this volume. I was drawn in and engrossed by the three timelines in which the story is told; each historic timeline unveils a part of the mystery/conflict needing resolved in the present-day timeline. The lead and supporting characters throughout were well-drawn and I felt that I knew enough about them to understand most of their a ...more
Leslie M.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final book in the Lost Castle series, and it is beneficial to read them in order.

As is common with Cambron's books, the characters are likeable and relatable, and the descriptions are picturesque. There's a nice mix of mystery and even humor in the story. As with others in the series, the story line blends three time periods (present day, 1944, and 1843) and follows three strong lead women. (Amelia was my favorite.) The author makes it look easy and seamless to create such
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KRISTY CAMBRON is a vintage-inspired storyteller, writing in the space where history, art, and faith intersect. She's an award-winning author of Bible studies and historical fiction—including her bestselling debut, The Butterfly and the Violin.

A self-proclaimed history nerd, she loves to chase all things research—going behind the scenes at a Ringling Bros. Sarasota mansion, touring a f

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