Title: The Painted Castle
Author: Kristy Cambron
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.
Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.
The Painted Castle is a decorative historical fiction novel about one painting having an affect on three women in different time periods. The Victorian era, WWII, and the present time. It was portrayed with elegance, dramatization, and intelligence.
I thought it was so clever of Kristy Cambron to tie the story together with a painting of Queen Victoria. This one painting gives her room to introduce the three female characters in the story. We meet Kiera and she is tasked with investigating if the painting is authentic or fake. The painting leads us to perspectives of different women and the author depicts each time period with intelligence and great research.
I fell in love with Kristy Cambron’s imagery. I felt like I was with the character’s as they lived their lives and made observations.
This is the final book in the series and I didn’t read the previous books yet, so I think it can be read out of order. I have become a fan of this author and can’t wait to read more.
I give The Painted Castle 4 stars. I was amazed with the detail and imagery of the story. Kristy Cambron wrote a well-researched novel about the history of art and families. She used three different time periods to showcase the identifiable ups and downs of family secrets.