Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.
Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .
Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
I enjoyed reading The Lost Castle and learning more about the history of France. Ellie travels to the Loire Valley in France to learn the context of a photograph of her beloved grandmother standing outside a castle known as The Sleeping Beauty. Three strands of the story intertwine as we learn the secrets of the historic castle and the people who lived there during the French Revolution, the French Resistance during WW2 and the present day family who tend the vineyards in the castle estate that produces award winning wine.
The characters are charming and courageous and took many risks to protect and save their loved ones and their beloved country. Ellie, her grandmother Vi, and the lost princess, Aveline, are strong women who aren’t afraid to seek the truth and open their hearts to love as they struggle through difficult times. Ellie’s grandmother’s memory is fading, and the old photograph is the key to unlocking the secrets of the past.
I enjoyed learning the connections between the characters in the three parallel storylines and piecing together the puzzle of what happened at the castle during those monumental moments in French history. I also loved being transported to the different worlds and discovering the history of the beautiful castle through the eyes of the characters. I recommend The Lost Castle to readers who like split time romance stories that transport them to different worlds with a compelling common story connection.