26 October 2019

The Painted Castle | Book Review


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 old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twina 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.

Set in three time periodsthe rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern dayThe Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 15, 2019



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-contemporary fiction, multiple timelines with an intriguing connection, and sweet, sweet romance, I highly recommend The Painted Castle (and the rest of the series). It’s a story worth reading.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.


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