Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2)
A storied castle. A band of rebels. And a nation chasing the centuries-old dream of freedom . . . What legacy will they leave behind?When Laine Forrester travels to France to attend her longtime friend's vineyard wedding, she expects to find a bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks--a devastating diagnosis, a castle restoration put on hold, and the emergence of deep-seated family dynamics that threaten to derail the new couple's fledgling marriage--it seems the storybook life Laine had imagined for her friend--and once, for herself--is suddenly crumbling before her eyes.With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending for one of them, Laine throws support behind her friend and agrees to accompany the couple to the groom's family home in Ireland, where the merging of a mysterious inheritance, long-buried wounds, and a fractured family set out to upend the trip from the start. It's in the unlikely corners of a historic Dublin pub, and across the wide-open moors bordering Ireland's majestic Wicklow Mountains, that Laine is slowly drawn in by the land and the people, sparking hope for something she never imagined possible: the courage to heal. But with secrets of her own--and a heart afraid to trust again--Laine must determine how much she's willing to risk in mending the broken places within herself, and whether she believes that even through the depths of our pain, a beautiful story can emerge.Set in three time-periods--the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century, Ireland's turbulent Easter week of the 1916 Rising, and present day--Castle on the Rise weaves a story of legacy, conviction, and redemption against the backdrop of Dublin's storied streets, and the stretch of Ireland's stunning emerald shores. It raises the question: given the choice between the fairy tale or a life of truly anchored faith--which legacy would you choose?

Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2) Details

TitleCastle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2)
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718095499
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2) Review

  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and publisher Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.My heart cries to have to write a negative review for this book. Please know this was excruciating to put voice to.The following content broke my heart.The first third was basically an advertisement for Guinness beer, and there were a plethora of other alcoholic references throughout. Only one of these was presented FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and publisher Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.My heart cries to have to write a negative review for this book. Please know this was excruciating to put voice to.The following content broke my heart.The first third was basically an advertisement for Guinness beer, and there were a plethora of other alcoholic references throughout. Only one of these was presented as a negative thing. This could definitely present issues for recovering alcoholics. This line in particular was abrasive and offensive to my faith: “Not hard to find a welcome here—both in the pubs an’ with the Almighty.” I did not appreciate the comparison of the completely holy God who created the entire universe to a building in which beer is served.While I’m not Catholic, I thoroughly researched a possible inaccuracy and confirmed that research with a guy who's done seven years' worth of research into Catholic hierarchy. Catholic priests and vicars are not permitted to marry unless they were married prior to becoming a priest or vicar. If the Anglican priest/vicar was intended, I wish that had been made clearer, as it's possible they are allowed to marry even after taking up their position.At one point, Laine flat-out lied to someone, yet she never experienced remorse over it. Lying is not okay, according to Ephesians 4:25.There were at least two swear words and two additional uses of an apostle’s name as a curse word, but the most devastating thing was the numerous and various ways in which the Lord’s name was taken in vain. Between “swear[ing] to the Almighty,” swearing by “heaven’s name,” and swearing by “all that’s holy,” many of the word choices directly rebelled against Matthew 5:33-37, in which Jesus cautioned us to “not swear at all,” let alone by His name or God's throne {Heaven} (which He addresses in those verses).Other content: baby out of wedlock (though this was represented as a sin) and tobacco usageNow, there were some things I enjoyed in this book. The romance between Maeve and her man was sweet. I could really believe that one and found myself eagerly awaiting her scenes once I was drawn away from one to join back up with Laine or Isolde.The atmosphere of Irish cliffs and castles was amazing. I felt that I was right there in the battles along with the leading ladies and their friends because of the vivid descriptions of places and events.I liked that the Easter Rising was featured. I haven’t heard much about this event in Ireland’s history, but this story really brought the tragedy and bravery of it all to life for me. It was really reminiscent of the American Revolution between newborn United States and Great Britain, so it hit home a bit for me, as I’m an American who appreciates her freedoms gained by that particular war so many generations ago.I won’t be continuing this series, as the bad language has gotten significantly worse from book one to book two.This review has been incredibly difficult to write. I have previously enjoyed books by Kristy Cambron, including my favorite of hers, The Butterfly and the Violin, and I've recommended them to family, friends, and acquaintances looking for a really great book to read. I had eagerly been looking forward to this book since the moment I finished The Lost Castle, and even more after I saw the beautiful cover. My heart aches to have been so disappointed in the meat of it. I’ve cried while jotting notes for this review, because my heart always breaks when my Lord’s name is taken in vain.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Before reading: Ireland, this cover, and the author <3 One simply must wait with patience for such a book!*After reading: Ireland...land of my ancestors. Although I've never been there, I've always loved Ireland. I still have relatives there and someday I intend on going there and visiting all the gorgeous areas of this country!When it comes to this author, you are never without beautiful descriptions, well thought out characters, and stories that connect and weave together until you're left Before reading: Ireland, this cover, and the author <3 One simply must wait with patience for such a book!*After reading: Ireland...land of my ancestors. Although I've never been there, I've always loved Ireland. I still have relatives there and someday I intend on going there and visiting all the gorgeous areas of this country!When it comes to this author, you are never without beautiful descriptions, well thought out characters, and stories that connect and weave together until you're left breathless. In that aspect there was nothing lost in this sequel of the Lost Castle series. I've been fascinated by the history of how Ireland separated from England for some time and seeing the little details between the centuries truly brought it to life for me. Of all three settings, I enjoyed Maeve's the most. I absolutely LOVED the Irish accents and be-still-my heart with Cormac's especially <3Well, I did enjoy this book, I'm afraid it fell slightly short compared to the last book and other's I've read by her. At times I struggled to piece all three stories together, not that I didn't know what was going on, but just because I felt things weren't tied together well with the present day POV. There were several flippant statements about drinking, as well as a MC owning a pub. It was painted as traditional and a place for everyone just to have a pint, but pubs are not simply a jolly place to be. Just saying ;) There were definitely spiritual threads throughout that resonated well with the story, although often times vague. There's not a big focus on seeing the personal heart of the character and their relationship with God. A couple mentions of lighting a candle for someone and needing to trust in the Lord. I think I would need to re-read again to fully piece together my thoughts about the Protestant vs. Catholic debate at that time. There was one direct misuse of God's name, and another instance where someone stated they swore by God's name, and another where they swore by all that was holy. I was disappointed by this. The romance was sweet and not rushed into. I enjoyed watching all three couples draw closer to one another at just the right times. There are a few kisses, a couple semi-detailed. While I have enjoyed others by this author more, I really do love the way she brings out a story, and I'm looking forward to what the third book will be like. It's set in England, so I'm pretty excited!*I received this to read from Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
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  • Melissa Tagg
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Kristy Cambron amazes me with her ability to weave together not two, but three storylines in three separate time periods. And it's not only that she's done the research or found a way to tie each story together...but she's made all three compelling and interesting! Throw in her usual beautiful writing and...just...wow.I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite from the three heroines and their journeys, but Maeve and Eoin's story might be my fave...I love Maeve's strength and spirit! Fro Once again, Kristy Cambron amazes me with her ability to weave together not two, but three storylines in three separate time periods. And it's not only that she's done the research or found a way to tie each story together...but she's made all three compelling and interesting! Throw in her usual beautiful writing and...just...wow.I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite from the three heroines and their journeys, but Maeve and Eoin's story might be my fave...I love Maeve's strength and spirit! From a historical standpoint, Issy's storyline was riveting. I didn't know much about this period in Ireland's past so my history-loving heart and I were glued to the page. And Laine's story is so full of heart and hurt-turned-to-hope. I really, really loved this book, and I'm continually blown away at Kristy Cambron's masterful storytelling. Highly recommended! (Also, oh my goodness...that cover! 😍) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I have read every single Kristy Cameron book.I have shed tears in every one.I’ve hugged them and reread them and they never seize to amaze me.So I’m pretty sure I know what I’m saying: this is her best work yet.Beautiful and superb writing alongside side an impeccable research draws you in to a beautiful country. But what captured me the most was the depth of the author’s respect and compassion for another country’s culture and history, alongside the humility to write about difficult topics such I have read every single Kristy Cameron book.I have shed tears in every one.I’ve hugged them and reread them and they never seize to amaze me.So I’m pretty sure I know what I’m saying: this is her best work yet.Beautiful and superb writing alongside side an impeccable research draws you in to a beautiful country. But what captured me the most was the depth of the author’s respect and compassion for another country’s culture and history, alongside the humility to write about difficult topics such as grief, divorce, and uncertain future.But oh that last page. Tied with a green ribbon as exhuberant as the Irish mores and cliffs, redemption has the last word, forgiveness gives the sweetest kiss, and hope never seizes to restore.* I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic read, full of life and love, grounded in Irish history. Strong, well developed characters all fighting their own battles--from personal, familial to political--with deep convictions. A triple timeline that intricately connects and makes the story feel three dimensional, layering present day on top of 1798, and 1916, with family and historical threads tying it together. Ellie and Quinn's story also continues from book one, but this easily reads as a stand alone."...bravery could be as A fantastic read, full of life and love, grounded in Irish history. Strong, well developed characters all fighting their own battles--from personal, familial to political--with deep convictions. A triple timeline that intricately connects and makes the story feel three dimensional, layering present day on top of 1798, and 1916, with family and historical threads tying it together. Ellie and Quinn's story also continues from book one, but this easily reads as a stand alone."...bravery could be as simple as a yes when she was at her most afraid."The women in all three timelines were brave and loyal, courageously reaching out to help others, hoping to make a difference. The history was fascinating too, and well researched, brought to life by the vivid descriptions and some real scenes. I was holding my breath at times when the action got intense, particularly in Issy's story during the Easter Uprising. Three love stories emerge from rocky circumstances. Maeve and Eoin's was my personal favorite. Prejudice, forgiveness, faith and freedom are important themes and work in well given the history of unrest in Ireland. "God is not absent in our pain. Nor is He indifferent to our questions. He’s only ever as far as we turn our back an’ walk away from Him.”Highly recommend for anyone looking for an engrossing story steeped in history, with strong characters. Solid 5 star read! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Can I take a tour of castles all over the world please? Unfortunately my pocket book won’t allow that but I can at least Journey to Ireland in the pages of this book. The castle isn’t as focal in this book as the first but then setting descriptions are just as beautiful. Because of the three time periods, this book is best binge-read, in my opinion. Otherwise it can take a little while to get swept away in the stories. Looking forward to book three and curious to see where it will take us.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    In the beginning of this book I struggled a little to keep track of who was who, but very quickly I became so engrossed in the story that I didn't want to put it down. This is a beautiful story of castles, romance, and a fair amount of perseverance. I loved the way the time periods were connected and intertwined with a piano. I wish I could be a part of this in real life and spend some time with the treasures unearthed in a very special castle. Highly recommended.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in the Castle series, The Lost Castle was one of my top twelve books of 2018. I've been waiting for the second book, Castle on the Rise, to release ever since.It takes a lot of talent to write a dual timeline, but a triple timeline takes extraordinary talent and Kristy Cambron has just that. From the very first lines I was drawn in by Kristy's lyrical turn of a phrase. Her lush descriptions of scenic Ireland, her fascinating historical accounts of both the eighteenth and twentieth The first book in the Castle series, The Lost Castle was one of my top twelve books of 2018. I've been waiting for the second book, Castle on the Rise, to release ever since.It takes a lot of talent to write a dual timeline, but a triple timeline takes extraordinary talent and Kristy Cambron has just that. From the very first lines I was drawn in by Kristy's lyrical turn of a phrase. Her lush descriptions of scenic Ireland, her fascinating historical accounts of both the eighteenth and twentieth century, and her insightful understanding into the inner workings of relationships and painful pasts, all combine to deliver a compelling story that held me captivated until the very end. Kristy's stories are always so thought-provoking I find myself pondering them long past the last page. Castle on the Rise is another breathtaking jewel of a journey from the inspired pen of Kristy Cambron. I'm looking forward to the third book in this series, The Painted Castle. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Damaris Tonner
    January 1, 1970
    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?I feel like everyone always has such exciting answers to this question. I mean, it probably helps if you've actually ever been anywhere. That marks the regulars off the list - London, Paris, Vegas, New York. But me? I've never been anywhere. And my answer to that question is always the same.Ireland.So you can imagine my excitement when my favourite author - Kristy Cambron - introduced her ARC of her new book during my favourite season If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?I feel like everyone always has such exciting answers to this question. I mean, it probably helps if you've actually ever been anywhere. That marks the regulars off the list - London, Paris, Vegas, New York. But me? I've never been anywhere. And my answer to that question is always the same.Ireland.So you can imagine my excitement when my favourite author - Kristy Cambron - introduced her ARC of her new book during my favourite season - autumn - set in my favourite place - Ireland. I've had the privilege of following Kristy since she debuted her first novel, and reading each one of her amazing books as they come out, reviewing many of them as I do now. And I can honestly say, while all of her books are fantastic, Kristy took my breath away with this one!!Castle on the Rise is a cinematic literary piece that spans three eras -the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century, Ireland's turbulent Easter week of the 1916 Rising, and present day - in a lush, Irish setting that captivates and convicts all at the same time! As I've said in previous reviews, I'm usually not a fan of books that span more than one storyline, particularly if the storylines are in different time eras. But Cambron delivers yet again and skillfully weaves all three together, characters coming alive by themselves, each story heart-gripping and thought-provoking. Castle on the Rise not only enthralls the reader with a delightful setting, deep characters, and historically accurate events, but it also provides a worthwhile commentary on fairytale idealism and conscious reality. In 1798, 1916 and 2018 - the journey that each of Cambron's characters take in digging their heels in for their convictions is a journey that all of us can relate to. While we may dream and fancy the fairytale, we recognize reality and we must come to terms what is most important. As one of Kristy's characters puts it so beautifully, "Fairy tales were never really about a perfect end to a story. It’s the day-by-day living it that counts. I like that scenario better anyway. At least it’s real.”This book is an amazing read and necessary commentary on the convictions that lie underneath our farytale-dreaming heads. So much love, Kristy! Thank you for not only giving us a glimpse of everyday fairytales, but encouraging us to dig in our heels and fight for our day-to-day magic. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.]
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Castle On The Rise by Kristy Cambron is the most marvellous Christian tale of patriotism, rebellion and bravery. “Men who seek freedom must be prepared to die for it.” It is the second book in the Lost Castle series but can be read as a stand-alone.The action is set in Ireland over three distinct periods – present day, 1916 and 1798. The chapters alternate as the reader gets a glimpse into the troubled Irish history. There is a link down the ages for the reader to follow. Traditions, history and Castle On The Rise by Kristy Cambron is the most marvellous Christian tale of patriotism, rebellion and bravery. “Men who seek freedom must be prepared to die for it.” It is the second book in the Lost Castle series but can be read as a stand-alone.The action is set in Ireland over three distinct periods – present day, 1916 and 1798. The chapters alternate as the reader gets a glimpse into the troubled Irish history. There is a link down the ages for the reader to follow. Traditions, history and the troubles all combine in one first class novel.There have always been tensions between the English and Irish down the years. Ireland has been a melting pot and when it boils over, a blood shed revolution occurs. Families are torn apart as they have to choose between English roots or Irish loyalties.Friendship is important. “Friends – they’re the family we get to choose.” Good friends support each other through thick and thin. We get to write our stories in partnership with God. “Something God was crafting behind the scenes” but our stories are ours to tell.There is the theme of sacrificial love. Within the stories are some incredibly brave women. “Bravery could be as simple as a yes when she was at her most afraid.” These women are very much forward thinking and modern women of their time.History needs to be documented and preserved. First it was on canvas and then there was the advent of the camera to capture moments in time.The characters were all wonderfully drawn. They took up residence in my heart.Kristy Cambron has mastered the art of telling a tale that captures and holds the reader’s imagination from the start. She takes historical events, weaves them into a tale and brings them to life. I love all her books and can highly recommend any and all of them.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Between the title and the subject matter, I had the song The Rising of the Moon running through my head for pretty much the entirety of the novel. I loved the history included in this book--it wasn't until college that I learned anything about Ireland's bloody history of failed rebellion after failed rebellion under British rule, and it was exciting to find a story set during some of those pivotal moments. It figures that Eoin was my favorite hero--he and Maeve are the couple I cried over by far Between the title and the subject matter, I had the song The Rising of the Moon running through my head for pretty much the entirety of the novel. I loved the history included in this book--it wasn't until college that I learned anything about Ireland's bloody history of failed rebellion after failed rebellion under British rule, and it was exciting to find a story set during some of those pivotal moments. It figures that Eoin was my favorite hero--he and Maeve are the couple I cried over by far the most (oh, that ending . . . ). I love that Maeve's desire is to bring unity in a divided nation, while Issy's goal is to visually capture the truth of the uprising. And Laine has some powerful moments herself while standing up with her best friend as she begins cancer treatments. The hair-cutting scene was wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The one thing that consistently bothers me about multi-timeline novels is that two--or in this case, three--stories are fit into the same space as a normal full-length novel. Thus I'm caught up in three different stories, wishing that each could be a full novel rather than a mere third of one. But to be fair they were balanced well, and I never grew bored with any of them. The two historical timelines fit really well together, while the modern one a little less well (it had emotional stakes, like the other two, but lacked the physical stakes). Cambron went somewhere I didn't expect with one of the timelines, and it was all the more powerful for it; I loved it and thoroughly disliked it at the same time (which means it was really good).I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn to Castle on the Rise by its beautiful cover. I love castles, too! This book is set in Ireland, and the chapters go back and forth among three stories -- one in 1798, one in 1916, and the final one in the present day.Each time period has a heroine and various other characters, and as the stories go on, we see a common thread with all of them.This book was just okay to me. I found it hard to keep all the characters straight at first, and the various conflicts described weren't well-kn I was drawn to Castle on the Rise by its beautiful cover. I love castles, too! This book is set in Ireland, and the chapters go back and forth among three stories -- one in 1798, one in 1916, and the final one in the present day.Each time period has a heroine and various other characters, and as the stories go on, we see a common thread with all of them.This book was just okay to me. I found it hard to keep all the characters straight at first, and the various conflicts described weren't well-known to me, and weren't explained too well. I tended to kind of gloss over the violent scenes, thinking for instance in the 1916 part, "okay, this must have something to do with what Tom in Downton Abbey was involved with." If you're really wanting to get into the history here, I'd recommend doing a bit of research on your own while reading.There were a few faith mentions, but this was light. There were several mentions of drinking, Guinness Beer, etc. The writing was fine, and I liked the current-day male lead, Cormac, who had some good lines: "Funny thing about Dublin -- the rain always stops, just not in the moment we may want it to. So like God. His plan, our timin'."This is the second book in a series. It read fine as a stand-alone, although I would have been more familiar with some characters' backstories if I'd read the first.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Castle on the Rise is the second installment from the Lost Castle series by Kristy Cambron. I thought this time slip to be a fabulous read. It takes the reader to three eras set in Ireland, including present day, eighteenth century revolutionary, and the Irish Easter Rebellion in 1916. As a descendant of an Irish grandmother, I found the three stories to be intriguing and fascinating. I liked how the author brought the vision of it was in Ireland in those times. Her historical details were quite Castle on the Rise is the second installment from the Lost Castle series by Kristy Cambron. I thought this time slip to be a fabulous read. It takes the reader to three eras set in Ireland, including present day, eighteenth century revolutionary, and the Irish Easter Rebellion in 1916. As a descendant of an Irish grandmother, I found the three stories to be intriguing and fascinating. I liked how the author brought the vision of it was in Ireland in those times. Her historical details were quite vivid. I loved Castle on the Rise and I highly recommend it. It is getting a well deserved five plus stars from me. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is the second book in the series A Lost Castle. This book is well researched historical fiction heavy on Irish history but pleasantly romantic also. Her book tells the stories in three time periods, of three families and their lives in joy and in sorrow. Excellent characters and enjoyed learning about the conflicts between the Irish and British. Looking forward to her next book in this series The Painted Castle. I received a complimentary copy of this book fr Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is the second book in the series A Lost Castle. This book is well researched historical fiction heavy on Irish history but pleasantly romantic also. Her book tells the stories in three time periods, of three families and their lives in joy and in sorrow. Excellent characters and enjoyed learning about the conflicts between the Irish and British. Looking forward to her next book in this series The Painted Castle. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. My thanks to the author, the publisher and netgalley for making this book available for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Three stories alternating back and forth, each keeping my interest until the end! I thought the history was interesting and her descriptions very good. I love her books!!
  • Sara Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve loved Ireland for as long as I can remember but I’m not as familiar with its history as I should be, so fair warning that this story is mired in the fight for Irish independence. Unfortunately, I felt it did a poor job of explaining the history and I had to do some research on my own to really understand what was going on, why it was happening and the significance of it all. Told in present day as well as the late 1700s and the early 1900s, it jumps back and forth with no real rhyme or reas I’ve loved Ireland for as long as I can remember but I’m not as familiar with its history as I should be, so fair warning that this story is mired in the fight for Irish independence. Unfortunately, I felt it did a poor job of explaining the history and I had to do some research on my own to really understand what was going on, why it was happening and the significance of it all. Told in present day as well as the late 1700s and the early 1900s, it jumps back and forth with no real rhyme or reason, in a fairly obvious non-chronological order. For an orderly person, it drove me mad. Even so, I connected with our 3 ladies from each period and enjoyed getting to know them and their story.Overall, a nice story if not executed very well.I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
    January 1, 1970
    "Ireland has a million pasts an' even more stories. Ye stay long enough … ye learn them all."Castle on the Rise, the second book in the Lost Castle series, is a story of rebellion replete with spirit of courage, unity and sacrifice that transcends through the centuries, and the pivotal connection in these generations is the ruins of Castle Chryn in County Wicklow, Ireland. The story is told back and forth in three different timelines: 1797 - Irish Rebellion of 1798; 1915 - Easter Rising of 1916; "Ireland has a million pasts an' even more stories. Ye stay long enough … ye learn them all."Castle on the Rise, the second book in the Lost Castle series, is a story of rebellion replete with spirit of courage, unity and sacrifice that transcends through the centuries, and the pivotal connection in these generations is the ruins of Castle Chryn in County Wicklow, Ireland. The story is told back and forth in three different timelines: 1797 - Irish Rebellion of 1798; 1915 - Easter Rising of 1916; present time, and narrated from the POVs of Lady Maeve Ashford, Lady Isolde Byrne and Lorraine Forrester. This is a soul-stirring tale and I thoroughly enjoyed the mellifluous and elegant prose against the lush green and rugged cliffside of the beautiful Ireland. Cambron is certainly one talented writer! The atmospheric writing is spellbinding! Undeniably, it is a well-researched book with many references made to historical places and figures. However, I do feel that this book fell slightly short compared to the first book. The thread that binds these timelines together in the end is rather loose and honestly I could not see the real connection. While there is a spiritual thread weaving throughout the story, again it was not solid or pellucid. The strength and faith of the protagonists lean towards faith in self than faith and trust in the almighty God.That being said, this book is still a wonderful addition to the series. I enjoyed it for the beautiful prose and atmospheric writing but was somewhat disappointed with the dissonant storytelling that was not woven flawlessly.***I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed in this review are my own and was not influenced by the author, publisher or any third party.***
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a sequel to “The Lost Castle”. Once again, this book has three storylines of courageous women that weave together to tell the complete story of their lives that revolve around a castle: Issy from 1916; Eoin from 1799; and Ellie and Laine from the present day. All of these ladies bravely face adversity in their lives with hope and love. I was glad to see the characters of Ellie, Quinn, and Laine and read more of their stories. Their storyline was my favorite part of the book, and I’m This book is a sequel to “The Lost Castle”. Once again, this book has three storylines of courageous women that weave together to tell the complete story of their lives that revolve around a castle: Issy from 1916; Eoin from 1799; and Ellie and Laine from the present day. All of these ladies bravely face adversity in their lives with hope and love. I was glad to see the characters of Ellie, Quinn, and Laine and read more of their stories. Their storyline was my favorite part of the book, and I’m looking forward to reading more about them in the next book.Kristy Cameron is an incrediblely gifted writer. Her research for this book was detailed and added so much to the story. But I have to admit: I almost gave up on this book after the first couple of chapters. Because of a lack of my knowledge of ancient Irish history, I felt lost at first in the 1799 section of the story and was not quite getting the 1916 storyline, either. I actually put the book down and was undecided if I wanted to finish it. But I was very interested in Ellie and Laine’s story, so I decided to give it another try. I am SO glad I did. As the book progressed, I finally got everything lined out in my mind and loved the story. The ending chapters were wonderful. It was well worth the second try. This is a clean historical romance. It just barely squeaks in under the “Christian historical” category, but there is a small thread of faith that runs through it. This is not a drawback to the book, it’s just not as heavy on the “faith” aspect as some in that category. All in all, it’s an entertaining book and I’m glad to have read it.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Mystica
    January 1, 1970
    I like stories told in two separate time frames. They were also of separate genres though a love story was also part of the main storiesLaine is following her friend to France to participate in her wedding there. Unexpected and totally unforeseen circumstances force the friends to forsake a honeymoon and return to the groom's roots in Ireland. Bequeathed a castle in Ireland with a history no one really knows much about, Cormac turns to Laine to help him find out what are the secrets in the castl I like stories told in two separate time frames. They were also of separate genres though a love story was also part of the main storiesLaine is following her friend to France to participate in her wedding there. Unexpected and totally unforeseen circumstances force the friends to forsake a honeymoon and return to the groom's roots in Ireland. Bequeathed a castle in Ireland with a history no one really knows much about, Cormac turns to Laine to help him find out what are the secrets in the castle, and how it can bring about peace in the family.Told alongside this and linked to this castle is the story of the Easter Rising of 1916. Bloody, violent and merciless. It pitted Irishman against the detested English and the Protestant faith and it was long and tore the country apart. In sheer numbers the Englishmen fought to maintain supremacy and in the best forms of a rebellious army the Irish proved to be equally adept at outmaneuvering their masters.There was strong characterization of women who played major league roles in 1916 in Ireland. Not easy on the women at all. There were love stories and tales of treachery and death but it did not detract from the sheer story telling of both time lines.The present and the past stories both wove stories of love and faith, survival and family so those were common to both stories.This was a lovely read which has to be savoured rather than rushed through.
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  • Kristie Ingerto
    January 1, 1970
    This latest snow storm was a perfect time to devour this latest read from Kristy Cambron! "Castle on the Rise" is such a masterpiece! Kristy has done another incredible job with this book as she weaves together stories from various generations, melding together history and present day so seamlessly. I have never been to Ireland, but after reading this, I had a strong desire to go visit. Laine is such an amazing character (one of many in this story!) and I found her very relatable and loved being This latest snow storm was a perfect time to devour this latest read from Kristy Cambron! "Castle on the Rise" is such a masterpiece! Kristy has done another incredible job with this book as she weaves together stories from various generations, melding together history and present day so seamlessly. I have never been to Ireland, but after reading this, I had a strong desire to go visit. Laine is such an amazing character (one of many in this story!) and I found her very relatable and loved being on this adventure with her. The mysterious castle was such a great backdrop to so many secrets and so many lives throughout the centuries and it was so vividly described that I felt as if I was there wandering the halls and uncovering the layers of stories housed within the walls. If you have not read a book by Kristy, run out and get all of her stories, but most definitely this one as it is a book you do not want to miss! *Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Once again I am undecided on what to say about Kristy's Castle On The Rise. I love this author. Whatever she writes I want to read. She is such an incredible story teller.I read the first book in this Lost Castle series and could not wait for the next one to come out. I was thrilled when it continued with some of the same characters. Yet, we get to meet more of this interesting family. With all of Kristy's books, this one was no different, once I start the first page, I have a hard time putting Once again I am undecided on what to say about Kristy's Castle On The Rise. I love this author. Whatever she writes I want to read. She is such an incredible story teller.I read the first book in this Lost Castle series and could not wait for the next one to come out. I was thrilled when it continued with some of the same characters. Yet, we get to meet more of this interesting family. With all of Kristy's books, this one was no different, once I start the first page, I have a hard time putting them down. She intertwines contemporary and historical stories in such a flawless way.I am a push over for castles and Ireland, so for me this was a must read. This author has such an ability for making a setting come to life. At times I felt like I was right there. Get this book, I do not think you will be disappointed. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here in this review are my own.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    "Castle on the Rise" is the latest work by Kristy Cambron, and it is a jewel. In the pages of this story, you are transported to the lush green hills and wondrous beauty of the Emerald Isle, which if I'm being honest is what drew me to this book in the first place. Having been there twice already, I know the beauty that Ireland holds and love finding books that take me back there.The story was a lovely one, though with three different time periods, it can be a bit confusing at times. You do have "Castle on the Rise" is the latest work by Kristy Cambron, and it is a jewel. In the pages of this story, you are transported to the lush green hills and wondrous beauty of the Emerald Isle, which if I'm being honest is what drew me to this book in the first place. Having been there twice already, I know the beauty that Ireland holds and love finding books that take me back there.The story was a lovely one, though with three different time periods, it can be a bit confusing at times. You do have to keep close tabs on which character you are reading about. But the stories do draw you in and the characters soon become folks whose stories you want to know more about. And will have you looking forward to the third book in this series.I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in return for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are my own.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Castle on the Rise is book 2 in the Lost Castle series. I did not read book 1, Lost Castle. I do think that if you know about book 1 you will benefit from reading it first, but it is not necessary.This book is written in 3 different time periods, present day, early 1900's and late 1700's. The periods are well researched and each group of characters are well written. While each time period's main focus is on the Castle on the Rise in Ireland, the character stories surrounding the castle is pretty Castle on the Rise is book 2 in the Lost Castle series. I did not read book 1, Lost Castle. I do think that if you know about book 1 you will benefit from reading it first, but it is not necessary.This book is written in 3 different time periods, present day, early 1900's and late 1700's. The periods are well researched and each group of characters are well written. While each time period's main focus is on the Castle on the Rise in Ireland, the character stories surrounding the castle is pretty darn good. The book has a bit of war/revolution and a bit of romance. You can't go wrong with all that.Many thanks to netgalley and Thomas Nelson for this advanced readers copy.
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really great read. The story follows three women in three different points in time. It's really well done. I usually find these multiple storyline books to be hard to follow or that with lots of holes in the story. I however didn't find that with this book at all. And this one has three storylines! The stories all flow well and keep you engaged and wanting to know more about what happens. Each story connects to the others and it all wraps together seamlessly. I really enjoyed this boo This was a really great read. The story follows three women in three different points in time. It's really well done. I usually find these multiple storyline books to be hard to follow or that with lots of holes in the story. I however didn't find that with this book at all. And this one has three storylines! The stories all flow well and keep you engaged and wanting to know more about what happens. Each story connects to the others and it all wraps together seamlessly. I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading others by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are 100% completely my own.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the first book in this series, The Lost Castle, I was so excited to continue the story with Castle on the Rise! Kristy Cambron takes us through the history and landscapes of Ireland from the eyes of three incredible women. I love the style of the book where I get the stories from the characters in alternating chapters. I would definitely recommend this book (and series) to anyone who loves to travel, learn about history, and read a love story!
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  • Sunnie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book by Kristy Cambron. It is book 2 in the series. The story changes time periods which makes it interesting as you "travel" in time.Ireland sounds beautiful to me as I read the descriptive writings she has shared. Having never been to this country, I would definitely want to visit now.The storyline was excellent and I really enjoyed it. Will continue reading books from this author!I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Chris Jager
    January 1, 1970
    A delightful story with 3 different stories set at various points in Ireland’s fight for independence. Kristy has a wonderful gift in bringing history to life and making the reader wish they could meet and be part of the family in the story.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    I actually love reading a book that sends me on a history quest. Not only were there three love stories to enjoy, I also learned so much about the Irish Rebellions of 1796 and 1916. Now to back track to book one.
  • Miranda Atchley
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
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