The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron was not what I had expected when I started it, but it was wonderful. I had not looked into what the story was about, or even read the back of the cover, so I did not realize that it was a split-time story. Now, if you’ve followed me for a little while you may know that I am NOT a fan of multiple time periods in one book. I think they’re confusing and jump around too much, not giving you adequate time to get to know the characters in each time period. So I groaned aloud when I caught on that this book didn’t just have two different time periods to keep up with, it had three.
I thought to myself, “This is going to be too much to juggle!” But I kept reading anyway, determined to give it a fair shot because I like Kristy Cambron’s writings.
I’m pleased to tell you that it paid off! The book weaves together the stories of a girl during the French revolution, one during World War II, and present day, all centering around the setting of a, you guessed it, “lost castle” in France. (Within these three time periods, there are flashbacks, making it more like five or six different ones to keep up with.) Being a big fan of the book and TV series “Poldark” and having just finished the book Code Name Verity, I was familiar with both the French revolution time period as well as the SOE operatives during WWII.
Despite my lack of fondness for split-time stories, this book was excellent. It is significantly easier to keep up with the time and characters if you read it over a short period of time. The characters draw you in and I found myself reading several chapters of one character and then going back and reading through the next character’s chapters instead of reading the book in the order it was written. The story does a really good job of weaving itself together though and making sense, despite the jumping around. I would recommend this to historical fiction fans, as the historical aspects were fascinating. I did really enjoy this read once I got over my prejudice of the time-jumping. 🙂
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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