The Painted Castle

About The Painted Castle

Paperback: 368 Pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 15, 2019)

A lost painting of Queen Victoria. A library bricked off from the world. Three women, separated by time, whose lives are irrevocably changed.

When art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting at a centuries-old East Suffolk manor, she hopes this is just the thing to get her career and life back on track. But from the time she arrives at Parham Hill Estate and begins working alongside rumored art thief Emory Scott, she’s left with far more questions than answers. Could this lost painting of Queen Victoria be a duplicate of the original Winterhalter masterpiece, and if so, who is the artist?

As Keira begins to unravel the mystery behind the portrait of the queen, two women emerge from the estate’s forgotten past. In Victorian England, talented sketch artist Elizabeth Meade is engaged to Viscount Huxley, then owner of Parham Hill. While there, master portrait artist Franz Winterhalter takes her under his wing, but Elizabeth’s real motive for being at Parham Hill has nothing to do with art. She’s determined to avenge her father’s brutal murder—even if it means feigning an engagement to the very man she believes committed the crime.

A century later, Amelia Woods—a WWII widow who has turned Parham Hill Estate and its beloved library into a boarding school for refugee children—receives military orders to house a troop of American pilots. She is determined that the children in her care remain untouched by the war, but it’s proving difficult with officers taking up every square inch of their world… and one in particular vying for a space in her long shut up heart.

Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the peak of England’s home front tensions at the end of World War II, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a story of heartache and hope and unlocks secrets lost for generations, just waiting to be found.

The Painted Castle is a sweet romance, the third in the Lost Castle series. It can be read as a stand-alone but is better if read with The Lost Castle and Castle on the Rise.

My Review

I have not read the prior two novels. In fact, I did not know that this was book three and the conclusion in this trilogy. Yet, I had no issues jumping right into this book. This book spans three different time periods featuring three different women. Sometimes with so many storylines; one or more time periods can suffer. Nope, not with this book.

I just loved each one and getting to know Keira, Elizabeth, and Amelia. Although, I do have to say that I did have favorites with Elizabeth and Amelia. These two time periods were ones that I really enjoy reading books based on.

Author, Kristy Cambron did such a wonderful job bringing to life these three women's stories that it was like a movie playing in my head while reading this book. I will be going back and reading the prior novels. The Painted Castle is more than just a "book"; it is an journey through time.

Purchase Links

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About Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Book Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy’s first Bible studies, THE VERSE MAPPING SERIES, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development from a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and could probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

Visit Kristy online at, Twitter: @KCambronAuthor, Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author, Instagram: KristyCambron.

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Review tour:

Monday, October 21st: Blunt Scissors Book Reviews

Tuesday, October 22nd: Reading Reality

Tuesday, October 22nd: Lori’s Reading Corner – guest post

Wednesday, October 23rd: Bewitched Bookworms

Thursday, October 24th: Openly Bookish

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Tuesday, October 29th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Wednesday, October 30th: Cheryl’s Book Nook

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Tuesday, November 5th: Read Eat Repeat

Wednesday, November 6th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts

Friday, November 8th: The Lit Bitch

Monday, November 11th: Nurse Bookie

Monday, November 11th: What is That Book About

Wednesday, November 13th: Just One More Chapter

Friday, November 15th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Friday, November 15th: Jathan & Heather

Monday, November 18th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, November 19th: Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, November 20th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books


Sara Strand said…
"A journey through time" is a GREAT way to explain this book, I totally agree! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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