by Ruth Axtell Morren
Maddie Norton had long since resigned herself to her spinster's lot. Her life was devoted to her simple yet enduring faith, to good works and to the elderly lady whose companion she was. She believed herself content. But that was before her mistress's handsome nephew returned to London after many years spent abroad as an archaeologist.The shadows in Reid Gallagher's memory-haunted eyes touched Maddie's heart. When he asked her to travel with his family, to help with his work, she could scarcely refuse. And as she came to know this man better, amid the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands, she began to wonder if two solitary souls might yet find new life--and love--as one.
This is a wonderful Christian story set in Europe with a romantic setting that will sweep you away to another time and place for a pleasurable experience. Not only is this an entertaining read, but one learns about archaeology and how biblical artifacts were discovered and preserved in the nineteenth century. The writing is true to the time period and the way Maddie and Reid come to care for one another is a true delight inspite of a few obstacles.
Maddie is submissive to her faith, yet willing to take chances and seek adventure and live life to the fullest. Reid encourages her to ignore social protocol and do what is appropriate for the sake of her health, safety, and comfort. The two of them are an encouragement to each other. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a faith-filled and enjoyable read.