This was a very interesting novel set in France with three different time periods. 1789 during the French Revolution, 1944 during WWII, and present day. Each chapter relayed the particular time period to keep you informed. The going between time periods wasn't a problem for me but what did occasionally confuse me was that a time period might be represented at a certain time and then the next time it was picked up might go back in time itself. I found myself referring back to previous chapters to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
The story itself was a good one. Previous castle owners, and family ancestors were connected to the present day characters. Ellie Carver went to France in search of lost history of her grandmother, who is fading slowly away with Alzheimer's. She feels that the castle ruins hold a history important to learn about her grandmother Vi before it's too late.
The two war periods held danger for those in the story as well as a strong faith in God to hold on to during those difficult times. Love was a strong component that triumphed over prearranged matches. And a true historical portrayal added to knowledge that I previously had not realized, a bonus for me. Avaline (from the first time period) showed a great love for violets. It made me want to go out and plant a bunch in my own yard!
My favorite quote from The Lost Castle: "The story we're writing in this life, day by day, it's a gift from God and we can't afford to waste a moment of it."
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to write a review.