Castle on the Rise Review Tour & Giveaway

Posted March 2, 2019 by thebeccafiles in / 7 Comments


About the Book


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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About the Author


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

My Review

I read The Lost Castle (book 1) back in the beginning of 2018, and since then I’ve been impatiently waiting for this one to release. Kristy Cambron has an impeccable way of taking readers on a journey into the past and making it come alive.

As with the first book in the series, this is a triple-timeline story. The timelines begin in 1797, 1915, and present day. The historical pieces are unique to this story, but the present day is a continuation from The Lost Castle. Although the “leading role” has now shifted from Ellie to her best friend Laine, she is still highly present in this story. It’s the same case for the leading male role–from Quinn to his brother Cormac. While the historical pieces could be read as stand-alone I think the present story would be more confusing if you attempted to read the books out of order.

I will admit that I don’t know much about the Irish and their fight for independence other than the fact that it’s been a “hot topic” for years. Reading this story makes me wish I knew more. Kristy weaves fact and fiction together in her stories by adding real people to her fictional tales. She shares a bit about her research in her author’s note. (Yes, my ever-present plug for reading the author’s note ;))

One thing I love about Kristy Cambron’s writing is that she is often unpredictable. She will lead you on a journey that you’re not sure where you’re headed until suddenly she brings it all together to make sense. The characters are so deeply developed that you are able to imagine their lives even outside of the pages.

I still have to say that the first book in the series is my favorite, but this one was intriguing as well. I believe it’s at least in-part due to my lack of knowledge of the Irish history. I also struggled to keep track of all of the different characters between the timelines and their connections. I still thoroughly enjoyed the story though and fully intend on reading the next book when it releases.

*I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

Rating: 4-Stars-300x57


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To celebrate her tour, Kristy is giving away a grand prize of one finished copy each of The Lost Castle (book 1) and Castle on the Rise (book 2)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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7 responses to “Castle on the Rise Review Tour & Giveaway

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Castle on the Rise” by Kristy Cambron and for being part of the Celebrate Lit book tour.

    Sounds like a marvelous book and one that I would really enjoy having the opportunity to read. Neat cover which makes you want to see what is beyond.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Becca,
    Thank you so much for your review. The great thing about this book being on tour, is that one can compare what readers thought about the book. I am starting to get a better picture. Reading book one first is a MUST. Again, TY!!

  3. Karen Klepsteen

    I knew that the characters from each book were connected to each other in some way but I wasn’t sure how. Now I can’t wait to read Laine and Cormac’s story!

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