A solid addition to the series: "Castle on the Rise" by Kristy Cambron
Weaving together three different story lines between the present day, the 1916 Easter Rising, and the 1798 Rebellion, "Castle on the Rise" will sweep you away to the shores of Ireland. Cambron gently connects you to three strong women dwelling in each time period, from Laine in the present as she recovers from her wounded marriage while trying to support her friend; to Issy, who uses her photojournalist skills to capture the Easter Rising; and finally, Maeve, who discovers a mysterious stranger on the castle grounds. As each woman experiences life and loss and heart-ache, she also discovers love and courage and faith in the midst of it all.
Cambron's rich prose and attention to detail will transport readers to a different time and a different place, and give them a fresh appreciation for Ireland as well as the history that has unfolded there. I haven't read prior books about Easter Rising and so I appreciated the historical details that emerged in the pages of the book. I do have to caution that I found it a tad difficult to keep all of the different characters straight as each chapter moves from one time period to the next. This made the pace of the story a little slow for me. But the journey was well worth it as Cambron ties everything together over the course of the story, and a triumphant tale emerges of overcoming hardship, something readers will definitely be able to relate to. The themes of love and romance will warm the hearts of those who take the time to get to know these characters and follow the path they are on.
A story that will appeal to Cambron's growing list of fans, "Castle on the Rise" is a solid tale that I give a rating of 4 out of 5 stars to.
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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, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway.
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 in partnership 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 peppermint mocha latte and a good read.