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Thomas Nelson
February 2019
On Sale: February 5, 2019
384 pages
ISBN: 0718095499
EAN: 9780718095499
Kindle: B07DTDBM3S
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A storied castle. A band of rebels. A nation chasing a centuries-old dream of freedom. And three women who rise above it all . . .

When Laine Forrester 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.

From the storied streets of Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle, Laine is drawn in to the land and its rich history. The castle ruins whisper stories of Issy—a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising, and Maeve—the castle’s lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all.

Spanning more than two centuries, Castle on the Rise unites the legacy of three women who must risk mending the broken places within—for life, love, and the belief that even through the depths of our pain, a masterpiece of a story can emerge.


Laine accepted a wedding in France, though beautiful, for what it was: an escape from the life crumbling back home.

Now was not the time to share her brand of advice. Or brutal honesty. The story of a broken marriage and uncertain future would have to wait its turn. Maybe she could come clean when Ellie and Quinn returned from their honeymoon. Or in the spring, when life had settled down. By then, Laine and Cassie would be back home—in a new home.

She could face the truth when it felt safe to pick up the pieces and start again.

It was a battle, but Laine shoved the ache away. She held on to her smile with everything she possessed and stood back, marveling as Ellie dropped her train—satin and lace absorbing the glow of light from the chapel door. They paused together, the snow drifting in a dance around them.

“Live every moment,” Laine whispered into the twilight. “That’s what you said to me when I walked down the aisle, remember? I gift it back to you. Fix every second of this night in your heart. Protect it, and visit it often.”

“Live every moment. Yes.” Ellie half laughed, then paused and cast her gaze off in the distance. She creased her brow. Deep. Like she was lost somewhere else for a breath.

Funny, she always did that just before she . . .

“Oh—no tears!”

Laine rushed forward a step and dotted impending tears with her gloved pinkie before Ellie could ruin her wedding photos with mascara tracks. “I’m so sorry. What did I say?”

“Nothing!” Ellie blinked, turning her face up to the night air as Laine continued patting and fanning. “It’s nothing. I’m just so glad you’re here, that’s all. With everything moving so fast and getting married without Grandma Vi . . . It’s a lot to manage on my own.”

“Well, you’re not on your own. You have Quinn. You have me and Cassie—that little flower girl in there who loves her honorary Auntie Ellie more than anything. And there’s a chapel full of guests who are probably wondering where in the world we are. All that love makes me sure Grandma Vi’s watching over you right this minute. So no tears, darling. At least not until after Quinn sees you, heels and mascara intact.”

“You’re right. No tears now. Not even the happy ones.” Ellie inhaled deep, then let it out in a fog of frozen breath.

Being a head taller and a shade older, Laine couldn’t help it; she had everything necessary to give her friend an effective maternal glare. And she did. Staring down her nose with just enough pertness to warrant her concern. “Are you sure you’re okay? I want this to be perfect for you.”

“It already is perfect. His family is here and so is mine. And I get to become his wife. What else could I need?” Ellie bit the corner of her bottom lip, alerting Laine that a sweet little request from her best friend was likely to follow. “Except maybe to get on your good side so I can convince you and Cassie to stay a bit longer?”

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