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A surge of interest in Ireland’s turbulent history comes on the heels of the recent release of season two of Netflix’s hit show “Rebellion,” which details the country’s Easter Rising of 1916. On the cusp of this year’s Easter observance, Kristy Cambron’s Castle on the Rise embraces this period of Ireland’s past, imagining the stories of the strong females who endured struggles of patriotism, courage, and faith.

“A research trip to Ireland for the centennial of the 1916 Rising gave so much inspiration for the heart of the Irish people,” said Cambron. “Walking in the footsteps of that history made the story come alive in a way that had to be told across the generations of those who lived it—not just in one view, but through the lens of women whose stories spanned generations.”

Covering a period of more than two centuries, Castle on the Rise is a triple-split-time novel told in three alternating points of view. Through an expert weaving of elements across centuries, we learn the stories of Laine of present day; Lady “Issy” Isolde, a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising; and Maeve, a lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all.

“Women were not standing on the sidelines of history,” said Cambron. “Names like Maria Winifred ‘Winnie’ Carney, Elizabeth O’Farrell, and Constance Georgine Markievicz—whom history knows as Countess Markievicz—have become synonymous with Irish journey to independence for the parts they played in a changing world. I wanted to capture the contributions of women as much as their struggles to overcome the trials of what was happening around them.”

Castle on the Rise follows Laine as she travels overseas to attend her best friend’s vineyard wedding. She expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life, but after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they’d imagined are suddenly ripping apart.

With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending, Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s home in Ireland—never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by its wide-open moors, backroads bordering the Irish Sea, and a mysterious castle that dares to keep its secrets hidden.

“This story is about rebellion—not against authority, but about the fighter spirit that has to rise up in all of us when we the unexpected happens,” said Cambron. “It’s about the choice to root ourselves in faith and stand firm, especially when the world says there’s no hope to be found in a situation.”

Castle on the Rise is available now (HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson, $15.99)

About the Author
Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She's a Women's Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews' Best Books, RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
Find out more at kristycambron.com
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