The Lost Castle

Thomas Nelson. (Lost Castle, Bk. 1). Feb. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780718095468. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780718095475. CF
A brooch, diary, and photograph are links to three women living in different periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and the present—in Cambron's split-time romance. As the revolution breaks out, Aveline and Philippe, Duc Vivey, narrowly escape with their lives as their castle in the Loire Valley is sacked and burned. Ellie Carver watches Alzheimer's steal her grandmother's memories until discovery of a family heirloom and a journal sends Ellie to the ruins of a 13th-century castle in France on a journey of revelations about her grandmother, her family, and herself. Cambron's (The Illusionist's Apprentice) series launch combines the past and the present in a tale of secret loves, bitter losses, and hopeful beginnings.
VERDICT Cambron's atmospheric settings, historical details, and ability to create well-rounded characters who wend their way into readers' hearts has garnered her many fans. They will be eagerly awaiting this title. [Previewed in Julia Reffner's "A Delicate Balance," LJ 11/15/17.]
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