cover image The Painted Castle

The Painted Castle

Kristy Cambron. Thomas Nelson, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-7180-9552-9

Cambron (Castle on the Rise) concludes her Lost Castle series at Parham Hill by once again anchoring three distinct stories in three eras to one location in this thrilling tale. In 1843, Elizabeth Meade’s mother is determined to secure an advantageous marriage for her daughter, and Viscount Huxley of Parham Hill appears a most suitable candidate. While disinterested in an arranged marriage, Elizabeth agrees when she realizes the relationship may allow her to finally avenge her father’s murder from a decade earlier. In 1944, Parham Hill’s widowed lady of the manor has created a refuge to children separated from parents by the war. Distressed to find American soldiers taking up residence in her home, Amelia Woods soon learns to trust the commanding officer. Then, in the present-day, art historian Keira Foley soothes a broken heart while tending her father’s Dublin pub. Offered a commission to authenticate a rare portrait of Queen Victoria at Parham Hill, she soon learns that the manor holds secrets deeper than just the painter’s identity. Offering a strong reminder that first impressions do not always tell the whole story, Cambron wraps up her time-swapping series with this delightful portrait of a stately manor over the course of two centuries. [em]Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary. (Oct.) [/em]