American expatriate Frederique loves her ancient French chateau in Brittany. Even though she's billed the chateau as a bed and breakfast, she turns down more renters than she takes. Her privacy is balm to the wounds of widowhood. Then Freddie discovers the journals of a medieval comtesse, Alix de Montot, on the property and becomes inundated with interested parties wanting to investigate Alix, including playboy American author Robert Cranwell.

She can't explain why she accepts his reservation. Robert is exactly the sort of man she distrusts, regardless of his recent vaunted conversion to Christianity. Deep in the throes of her own faith struggles, she doesn't need an overzealous new convert hanging around, or worse, a pompous hypocrite. But between the surprisingly refreshing Robert and the story she uncovers in Alix's journals, Freddie discovers that hiding from her hurts is not the same thing as healing.

Mitchell pens a delightful jaunt into French country culture. Winsome characters and intriguing transitions between the modern-day and the medieval draw the reader eagerly onward. (Sep., 429 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson