Author: Kristy Cambron
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Three romances all woven together through time. If castles could talk!
Ellie Carver has been taking care of her aging grandmother, returning the favor after her grandmother took her in when her parents were killed in a car accident. She has loved to hear her grandmother’s past stories. One day, her grandmother suddenly seems anxious and begins talking about a castle and a man that she needs Ellie to find to tell her that she has chosen him. With only a photograph for reference, Ellie takes a leap of faith and boards a plane to France to help fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish without knowing of anything that awaits her.
In 1944, France’s Loire Valley is under German occupation, but the French Resistance is growing strong. Viola is a British implant who has escaped from Paris and is trying to find a way to get information she has learned back to Britain. She stumbles upon a dilapidated church where she finds hidden food stores. It is here she meets members of the French Resistance who already know who she is. Hoping to make her way back to freedom, she finds herself falling for one of the members and hopes they can survive the way to see the Allied invasion.
The same location in the 1700s holds a country estate for members of the French Nobility. Lady Avaline is engaged to one of the sons of the estate holder, but on the eve of their engagement, the peasants attack the castle. As they search for Lady Avaline to make an example of her, Robert, her soon to be brother-in-law, hides her and nurses her back to health after the attack while her fiancé and his father turn tail and run from trouble. As they put the estate back in operation, the pair find themselves growing closer together, but can this romance actually happen?
As the first book in a trilogy, this was almost having a full trilogy. Following three stories from three different time periods gives everyone something to love. Centered around the castle known as the sleeping beauty, each story tells of love, loss, and the willingness to change. I found myself enraptured with all three stories, but I felt most in tune with the WWII setting as that is time period that I feel Cambron excels at telling. However, each story was exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the characters.
Cambron also did a great job with scenery for each time period including how the landscape had changed at each juncture. From the French Revolution, to WWII into a war with Alzheimer’s, each story faced it’s set of challenges. I recommend this book to both historical fiction and romance fans. I challenge readers to find their favorite of the three stories.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.