Review: The Painted Castle

Happy Monday!

I hope you had an awesome weekend. I know I did. I spoke at a writer’s group and then spent the rest of the weekend reading and watching football. A perfect weekend!

One of the books I read was Kristy Cambron’s The Painted Castle. It’s book three in her Lost Castle series and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s release since I finished book two. Thanks to NetGalley, my wait ended!

About the Book

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 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.

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, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

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My Thoughts

The Painted Castle was a fantastic end to a great series. As with the other two books in the series, Ms. Cambron

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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 the youngest sister to the Foleys. I loved seeing the characters from book one and two and the epilogue that concluded the series nicely.

All in all, an enjoyable read.

*I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.

About the Author

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 former TB sanitarium, making bee friends at a working honey farm, or embarking on a backroads jaunt across Ireland being a few. She holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing and spent 15 yrs in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 corporation, partnering with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup before stepping away to pursue her passion for storytelling.

Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can be found leading in women’s ministry, teaching verse mapping, and penning her next stories in a beloved coffee shop corner with kayaks on the wall. (She’s only bumped her head twice…)

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