Kristy Cambron. The Lost Castle: A Split-Time Romance. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
Kristy Cambron has consistently written incredibly unique storylines that bring history to life. Throughout her novels, readers can easily see her background in art history, as her descriptions are filled with color and her characters and settings seem particularly vivid.
In modern-day Michigan, Ellie Carver hopes for more days with her beloved grandmother, who is slipping away into an Alzheimer’s-induced fog of confusion. However, an unexpected day of lucidity and unexpected stories from the past leads Ellie on an unanticipated trip to France, in search of a castle and the truth about her grandmother’s experiences during World War II. The castle’s history and impact on the lives of others, both during World War II and the French Revolution, intrigue Ellie and her newfound friends as they seek to solve the mystery of the castle’s current owner and the legacy of faith, love, and loss that the property inspires. When she finally discovers the truth, Ellie must ultimately choose between continuing on her previous path or embracing the hard-won heritage of her grandmother.
In The Lost Castle, Ms. Cambron ambitiously writes a story the bridges three separate time periods, while interweaving the experiences of characters that find their lives changed at a mysterious castle in France’s Loire Valley. Fans of Ms. Cambron’s work will find this novel to be well worth the read.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Lost Castle. Ms. Cambron paints an elaborate image to start off the novel, leaving her readers to wonder at the possibilities for the story. However, the imagery is soon left behind in favor of a complicated plotline that follows three different women through their respective experiences at the Sleeping Beauty castle. In general, I liked the overall story, but I could see some readers struggling to follow the plot. The novel depends on three different time periods and even those stories are told out of sequence. Altogether, I could see some readers, particularly those who casually read books over the course of long periods of time with many interruptions, becoming frustrated when they lose track of a storyline, character, or entire period in history. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Cambron comes up with next, as she has hinted that she may develop future novels that build on characters introduced in The Lost Castle.
Fans of Ms. Cambron’s previous historical novels will definitely want to read The Lost Castle. Likewise, readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction or split time storylines will also find this book to be well worth reading.
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