Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the peak of England’s home-front tensions at the end of WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unlocks secrets lost for generations just waiting to be found.
A lost painting of Queen Victoria. A library bricked off from the world. And three women, separated by time, whose lives are irrevocably changed.
In Victorian England, talented sketch artist Elizabeth Meade is engaged to Viscount Huxley, owner of Parham Hill. However, Elizabeth’s real motive for being at Parham Hill has nothing to do with art or marriage. She’s determined to avenge her father’s brutal murder—even if it means a betrothal to the very man she believes committed the crime.
A century later, Amelia Woods—a World War II widow who has turned Parham Hill and its beloved library into a boarding school for refugee children—receives military orders to house a troop of American pilots. She is determined the children in her care will remain untouched by the war, but the task is proving difficult with officers taking up every square inch of their world . . . and one in particular vying for a space in Amelia’s long-shut up heart.
When art historian Keira Foley is hired to authenticate a painting, she hopes this is just the thing to get her career and life back on track. But from the time she arrives at Parham Hill Estate and begins working alongside rumored art thief Emory Scott, she’s left with far more questions than answers. Could this lost painting of Queen Victoria be a duplicate of the original Winterhalter masterpiece, and if so, who is the artist?
Praise for The Painted Castle:
“A gripping tale of secrets hidden behind the walls of an ancient English castle.” —KATE BRESLIN, bestselling author of Far Side of the Sea
A Sweet Historical Split-time RomanceThe third and final book in the Lost Castle seriesBooks do not have to be read in orderFull-length novel with three woman each finding her own happily ever after
Cambron (Castle on the Rise) concludes her Lost Castle series at Parham Hill by once again anchoring three distinct stories in three eras to one location in this thrilling tale. In 1843, Elizabeth Meade's mother is determined to secure an advantageous marriage for her daughter, and Viscount Huxley of Parham Hill appears a most suitable candidate. While disinterested in an arranged marriage, Elizabeth agrees when she realizes the relationship may allow her to finally avenge her father's murder from a decade earlier. In 1944, Parham Hill's widowed lady of the manor has created a refuge to children separated from parents by the war. Distressed to find American soldiers taking up residence in her home, Amelia Woods soon learns to trust the commanding officer. Then, in the present-day, art historian Keira Foley soothes a broken heart while tending her father's Dublin pub. Offered a commission to authenticate a rare portrait of Queen Victoria at Parham Hill, she soon learns that the manor holds secrets deeper than just the painter's identity. Offering a strong reminder that first impressions do not always tell the whole story, Cambron wraps up her time-swapping series with this delightful portrait of a stately manor over the course of two centuries.