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The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel) (udgave 2019)

af Kristy Cambron (Forfatter)

Serier: Lost Castle (3)

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Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.
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Titel:The Painted Castle (A Lost Castle Novel)
Forfattere:Kristy Cambron (Forfatter)
Info:Thomas Nelson (2019), 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Læst, men ikke ejet
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Again, late to the party? So it would seem. This third and final book of author Kristy Cambron's "Lost Castle" series was my own introduction to her exquisite writing. Her love for art and history is evident in the lush descriptive prose of the three time periods represented in this book (Victorian, World War II and present day). Her historic research - impeccable. Each character is well fleshed out and seemingly real as each holds a personal secret of brokenness. The reader, as witness, observes the slow guarded removal of barriers of the heart as characters connect with one another in their respective time. The book is history with mystery and a touch of chaste romance.

The present day story centers around the discovery of a mid-19th century painting found hidden in an old manor house in Sussex, England. Keira Foley, a talented art historian is brought in to authenticate the painting's provenance in anticipation of a public reveal. The 19th story provides us the background material for the painting's creation and the WWII story sets the stage for its sequestering.

All in all, this was a wonderful interweaving of three lovely stories deftly created by Ms. Cambron. She knows her art and her history well and reveals her love for both through her highly descriptive writing. The images her words painted were as elegant as as an highborn lady and as scenic as the rise of sun across a mist-covered meadow. I eagerly look forward to reading the first two books of this beautiful series by a gifted writer.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Synopsis (from author's website):

A war-torn estate holding its secrets close. A lost library bricked off from the world. And a portrait-maker’s unknown masterpiece of a Queen named Victoria… What stories do they long to tell?

It was supposed to be a one-week snatch-and-grab: 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 mystery of an old English manor, a crumbling beekeeper’s cottage, and a library that had long ago been sealed off brick by brick, all stir more questions than answers. What begins as a novice assignment instead peels back layers, lulling Keira into the depths of the estate’s long-forgotten history.

Despite questions swirling around the enigmatic, rumored art thief who’s employed her, Keira finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria…

1842— In order to salvage what’s left of her family’s shaky circumstances, artist Elizabeth Meade knows her duty must be to marry well. But she hopes looks can be deceiving enough to hide her true motives behind a congenial smile and gain entry into the ballrooms of England’s noble elite. Instead of husband-hunting, Elizabeth searches for the one thing that’s seared to her memory—the eyes of her father’s killer, whom she unwittingly sketched one snowy night in Piccadilly ten years before. She never expects to find answers tucked away in the countryside at Parham Hill, in the form of a portrait-maker who could help her artist dreams come true, if only she could forget the highwayman she’s hunted for the last decade—the estate-owner who selects her as his betrothed…

1942—When the 390th Bomb Group arrives at Amelia Woods’ Parham Hill Estate, the American flyboys bring playing cards, B-17 “flying fortresses”, and enough bravado to believe they can triumph over Hitler just by staring him down. Amelia isn’t certain, and she’s unwilling to compromise the safety and security in a carefully-crafted world she’s built for the dozens of London-evacuated children left in her charge. But with Anderson shelters buried in the gardens and an Allied airfield a stone’s throw away, Amelia may have no choice but to wait out the war under blackouts and bombs, and accept help from the captain who offers it—even if it means risking all she has left of her late husband’s memory…

From the streets of Piccadilly and the lavish halls of Buckingham Palace to the countryside surrounding Framlingham Castle, a warn-torn estate, a hidden library, and the lost portrait of a queen come together to write the final chapter in the Lost Castle series. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith and the family we fight for, of risk and reward, and the artful crafting of a story that can be generations in the making… yet still change everything about a single life. ( )
  KateBaxter | Jan 15, 2020 |
“I see a cottage, so beautiful and perfect that it could be its own painted castle.” Three different timelines, three different women, a few handsome but suspect pairings, several scoundrels, a painting that defies provenance all set at Parham Hill Estate in Framlingham, England. Solid concept and a pretty good story which gets tied into a neat package.

I admit to enjoying much of the book but there were several annoying trips and hiccoughs. I had trouble figuring out who was speaking in each of the segments and that became a distraction that prevented the smooth and even flow which the author should have been able to sustain. There are a few brief nods to the lack of a social conscious regarding the “wretched plight of the workers” in Merry Old England around 1843. But why “worry over such trifles.” That little bit rankled and if that was the intention, well served.

Solid characters you could like, dislike, admire, envy – they were real and mostly relatable. Circumstances that move in crooked lines as so much of life with its misunderstandings from lack of communication, assumptions and believing there will be a better time to “come clean”. Descriptions that put you in the time and place without stretching. The last chapter was a miss for me because after “watching every painted sunrise that bled over the top of the meadow” I had hoped for more.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Dec 31, 2019 |
This is the third of three books in the Lost Castle Series. I have to admit that I’m sorry to see the series end but I suppose there can only be so many castles that are either truly lost or have a mystery within them. Unless one subscribes to the Hallmark movie theory of life and finds that there are any number of countries out there ending in “ovia” with handsome princes looking for wives and living in big castles.

The Painted Castle takes place in England in three timelimes – the early Victorian age, towards the end of WWII, and current day. I will admit it took my addled brain a few chapters to sort everyone out and keep them straight and in their time period.

In the current day Keira is working at her family’s pub in Dublin while dealing with the fallout from a bad work and relationship experience in New York. There she meets Emory, a man with his own set of baggage that wants to hire her for a mysterious job at a castle in England.

That same castle was not far from an air base during WWII. The vicountess was left a widow when her husband was killed in battle. She was managing through the war years by taking in orphans and reluctantly opening the castle as a billet for the American flyers from the air field.

It’s the tale from the Victorian era that truly drives the tale as it involves a young woman, a daughter of an earl who loves to draw and secretly longs to make her way as an artist but the strictures placed on her will not allow that. Tragedy strikes and circumstances force her into seeking a husband. Her mother finds her a match but she is not sure. Her fiance is friends with one of the most popular portraitists of the day and soon she is painting with and learning from this man. Her betrothed has no problems with her persuing this hobby – in fact he encourages it. This happy occurance leads to her accompanying the painter to a royal appointment where he is to paint Queen Victoria!

Which brings us back to the present day – a portrait of Queen Victoria is found by the latest owners of the castle and it needs authentication – which is what Keira does! So as all of the stories come together the reader learns the history of the castle and also a history of love.

This was a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Once I got all of the characters in their right time period I was ensnared in this tale of a mystery painting of a queen. The plot zipped along at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns to keep one interested. The characters were interesting – the main ones for sure. I will admit to losing track of Keira’s brothers as there were several of them and they were ancillary to the main story. The romance was sweet and overall a very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Nov 18, 2019 |
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is the third book in her A Lost Castle series. Art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting of Queen Victoria. What she finds is more questions than answers. Emory Scott, rumored art thief, is there to help her unravel the mystery’s behind the painting and Parham Hill Manor. They find a rich and warm history. This book follows the stories of three women, woven together by time. The author takes you on a journey from Victorian England to the ending of World War two and then to present day England. Weaving the three different stories together so beautifully that you don’t mind rotating from one story to the next. Immersed in the English countryside, with romance, castles, and history was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

I received this book from Celebrate-Lit for my honest review. ( )
  KimPotter | Oct 28, 2019 |
Set in three different time periods of the 1800s, World War II, and present-day, I found myself wanting more of each story. The book includes interesting settings, captivating characters and more. Telling the stories of Kiera from the present-day, Amelia from World War II in England, and Elizabeth from the 1830s in England, the story captured my imagination.

I think my favorite of the three stories was Ameilai’s because I am fascinated with learning and reading about World War II. I felt the three stories wove together skillfully through the common thread of the castle.

I personally was anxious to find out more about the murder of Elizabeth’s father that began the book. I had a feeling as I continued reading her part of the story that Elizabeth and her mother were going to have some tension-filled dealings. With her mother wanting to marry Elizabeth off to secure their future, I felt like the mother was going to wind up surprised by the will of her daughter.

So if you like reading books dealing with several stories and time periods within its pages, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review. ( )
  PattiP1992 | Oct 28, 2019 |
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