A storied castle. A band of rebels. A nation
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—
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,
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
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 . . .
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
“You’re right. No tears now. Not even the happy ones.”
Ellie inhaled deep, then let it out in a fog of frozen
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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