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Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron: Tour, Review, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

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Title: Castle on the Rise

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: HarperCollins

A storied castle. A band of rebels. A nation chasing a centuries-old dream of freedom. And three women who rise above it all . . .

When Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend’s vineyard wedding, she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they’d imagined are suddenly ripping apart.

With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending, Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s home in Ireland—never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by its wide-open moors, backroads bordering the Irish Sea, and a mysterious castle that dares to keep its secrets hidden.

From the storied streets of Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle, Laine is drawn in to the land and its rich history. The castle ruins whisper stories of Issy—a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising, and Maeve—the castle’s lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all.

Spanning more than two centuries, Castle on the Rise unites the legacy of three women who must risk mending the broken places within—for life, love, and the belief that even through the depths of our pain, a masterpiece of a story can emerge.

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Book Review:

There was so much to love in this book. I was afraid the three timelines would be difficult to follow, but I quickly honed in on the characters of each time which made it easier to keep track. I found it rather ingenious how the author was able to keep each timeline settled in their own story while weaving them into each other.

We have to talk about the setting, I mean, Ireland! I’ve long had a fascination with Ireland and Castle on the Rise was almost as good as being there myself. The descriptions were so well done I could smell the pears in Maeve’s hands, hear the guns firing as Issy ran for her life, and see the ruins through Laine’s eyes. The characters stamped themselves on my heart, and I’ll likely never forget any of them. Each character had their own strengths and weaknesses, their own problems, and their own way of moving through their problems.

There is more here than the romantic happily ever after. Castle on the Rise, for me, was more about finding the fairy tale in everyday life. God’s plan, God’s timing is perfect. Even when we would have things go differently, God knows what He’s doing. Through heartache, pain, sickness, and loss, God is there and He will not leave us alone. That is what I took away from Castle on the Rise. 

I marked several quotes from the book. I can’t share all of them because that would risk spoiling the story, but I’ll leave what I can. This one hit me particularly because it is at our worst times that God feels so far away when, in fact, he has never been closer. “I need to know if God sees us in the middle of our worst moments.” – Laine

About the Authorkristy.jpg

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping Series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry 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’s Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and 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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Kristy’s Research Trip to Ireland

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