ABOUT THE BOOK:
A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.
As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.
Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty–the castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale–and unearth its secrets before they’re finally silenced by time.
Set in three different time periods–the French Revolution, World War II, and present day–The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.
I have read and enjoyed books by Kristy Cambron in the past. She is a wonderful author and writes about subject matter that is appealing to a diverse audience. This book, however, is something special.
The cover is beautiful and is what originally brought the book to my attention. Then, I saw who the author was and knew I had to read it. The story, which captured my attention from the start, tells the tale of three women in three eras — French Revolution, World War II, and present day. However, for me, the main character really is the castle — La Belle au bois dormant, The Sleeping Beauty. It’s the one constant throughout the book. Some books told in different time periods can be confusing, but, Kristy Cambron transitions seamlessly between the three with no distractions.
The book genre is Historical Christian Fiction. There is not any religious content other than perhaps prayer and talk of God. There is kissing, but no sex, and no strong language. Even is you aren’t inclined toward Christian books, you will still enjoy this one. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and can’t wait for the next in the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book.