Castle On The Rise
Spanning more than two centuries Castle On The Rise unites the legacy of three women who must risk mending the broken places within themselves for life, love, and the belief that even in the depths of our pain something beautiful can emerge. Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend’s wedding and while she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy-tale, unforeseen setbacks rip the next chapter apart. In hopes of resurrecting a happy ending Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s homeland, Ireland, never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by the backroads, the Irish seas, and a mysterious castle that holds secrets. The castle ruins hold the stories of Issy, a photojournalist battling through the 916 Easter Rising, and Maeve, the castle’s lady of legend fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all. These three women risk it all for the story of a lifetime.
Castle On The Rise was not my cup of tea. Last year I started enjoying period pieces, but this one fell flat for me. I couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s my mood right now or the continual bouncing from era to era; Castle On The Rise did not rise to the occasion for me. It was hard for me to keep up with the constant changing of the story line, and the book didn’t truly pick up steam till the halfway point. The idea of this book is amazing. One castle that connects and impacts three women who are going through the hard stuff of life. I get it, I just didn’t love it. If you enjoy historical/period pieces and multiple story lines threaded together, then you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy strong female characters, you will probably enjoy this book. I confess, I did not read the first book in this series, and that might be why I’m not connecting to this one. So, I recommend picking up The Lost Castle and then giving Castle On The Rise a try if it sounds like a book that would find a home in your heart.
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