The Painted Castle
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 the o...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Redundant phrases such as "This book is so good!!!!!" and "Too many heroes to swo ...more
Three time periods: 1833-43, 1944 and present day
Genre: Historical fiction and Romance
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
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/>:
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 goin ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more