Monday, January 28, 2019

Castle on the Rise Review


 About the Book

A storied castle. A band of rebels. And a nation chasing the centuries-old dream of freedom . . . What legacy will they leave behind?

When Laine Forrester travels to France to attend her longtime friend's vineyard wedding, she expects to find a bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks--a devastating diagnosis, a castle restoration put on hold, and the emergence of deep-seated family dynamics that threaten to derail the new couple's fledgling marriage--it seems the storybook life Laine had imagined for her friend--and once, for herself--is suddenly crumbling before her eyes.

With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending for one of them, Laine throws support behind her friend and agrees to accompany the couple to the groom's family home in Ireland, where the merging of a mysterious inheritance, long-buried wounds, and a fractured family set out to upend the trip from the start. It's in the unlikely corners of a historic Dublin pub, and across the wide-open moors bordering Ireland's majestic Wicklow Mountains, that Laine is slowly drawn in by the land and the people, sparking hope for something she never imagined possible: the courage to heal. But with secrets of her own--and a heart afraid to trust again--Laine must determine how much she's willing to risk in mending the broken places within herself, and whether she believes that even through the depths of our pain, a beautiful story can emerge.

Set in three time-periods--the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century, Ireland's turbulent Easter week of the 1916 Rising, and present day--Castle on the Rise weaves a story of legacy, conviction, and redemption against the backdrop of Dublin's storied streets, and the stretch of Ireland's stunning emerald shores. It raises the question: given the choice between the fairy tale or a life of truly anchored faith--which legacy would you choose? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Kristy has such a unique writing style and her books hold a lot of depth. Like the previous novel, this story has a lot going on with three different story lines. I really enjoy multiple time line books but there are times when I think it can just be too much. I liked this overall story but honestly at times I thought there was too much going on between all of the characters and timelines. My favorite was the present day story and I thought those particular characters well developed. The setting of course is wonderful and I would love to visit such a place. I think it is fun that Kristy actually got to visit Ireland to research this book! I am eager to read the next novel, and if you wish to be swept up into an Irish adventure, you will enjoy this book. 

Four stars. 
"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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