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.
Wow. This book spanned three time periods and weaved a tale of love, hope and Christ throughout the book. I liked the castle as the main focus and all its mysteries which intriqued me. I don’t know a lot about the art world so I enjoyed learning more about that. What does a castle have to do with three very different women? Well you’ll have to read it and find out. Each time period was well written and captured my attention. Each brought its own unique story to the book. It’s hard to weave three different plots into one main story and have the reader stay interested in all three. But Kristy Cambron has successfully done that. Reading about the lives of Kiera, Amelia and Elizabeth was fun. I felt like they were real people and someone I wish I could get to know.
I love this quote from the book. It captures the theme of this book.
“Don’t be afraid. It’s never about the end of a road, is it? It’s about living and loving in the journey we take to get where we are. Right now. Right to this very moment.” Emory.
I recommend this book to my family and friends.
I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
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Amazon: The Painted Castle * Christian Book distributor: The Painted Castle #3
About the Author
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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