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Review: The Painted Castle

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Review: The Painted Castle

The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 2019

Three women, separated by years, find intrigue and love in the walls of a castle.

Fired from her previous position at a New York gallery, art historian Keira Foley needs a bit of redemption. She believes she has found it when she is hired to authenticate a painting at the Parham Hill Estate in East Suffolk, England. As she begins working with rumored art thief, Emory Scott (who could use some redemption of his own!), she finds more mystery than fact. Who could have painted Queen Victoria, matching the work of the famed Winterhalter so exactly?

As Keira investigate and Emory investigate, two women step out of the history of Parham Hill. The first is Elizabeth Meade, who was engaged to the Viscount Huxley. A talented sketch artist, Elizabeth is at Parham Hill to avenge the brutal murder of her father. She drew the man she thought she saw pull the trigger, and he bears a striking resemblance to her fiance. Can she prove his guilt, and if she does, will the truth set her free?

The second woman is Amelia Wood, widow of the 1944 version of the Viscount Huxley, an RAF pilot who is shot down early in WWII. She is doing what she can to protect children whose parents sent them to England to get them away from the Nazis. Her home is already overrun with people when she receives orders to house a troop of American pilots. Can she protect all of the children, as bombs rain down around them? Can she protect her heart from the American commander who loves books as much as she does, and has a gentle heart to go along with his love of the written word?

Kristy Cambron masterfully weaves all three of these stories around the discovered painting of Queen Victoria. Each woman finds a connection with the queen – one as her painter, one as her protector, and one as her preserver. Each time period comes alive under Cambron’s pen, from 1844 to 1944 to present day the characters live through some pretty awful circumstances, and come through stronger on the other side.

This is my second Kristy Cambron book, and I can say without much question, that if her name is on the cover, the book is worth the read. The Painted Castle was great. I need to pick up the other two books in the series, too! (Although, it does work as a stand-alone.)


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