Frederique Farmer owns one of the most exclusive inns in France--a Brittany chateau dating back centuries. With the help of a young, pretty academic, she prepares rooms and her finest cuisine for the few guests she allows to come, giving herself the solitude she craves following her husband’s death. The discovery of a fifteenth-century journal, written by a young girl in an age when few females were educated, has more than the usual amount of tourists wanting to visit – including a popular American writer who wants to set his next novel in the world of Alix de Montot.
Despite her inclinations, Frederique allows the playboy-turned-convert Robert Cranwell to come to her chateau. But he’s not exactly what she expects. Instead of an inflated ego, he brings a slobbering Boxer named Lucy. Instead of keeping aloof, he uncomfortably integrates himself into her routine. But Frederique refuses to fall for his charming ways or supposed conversion. She’s not on speaking terms with God anyway.
Mixing with the contemporary story are segments from Alix’s journal, which add a medieval tone to the distinctly European story. Mitchell delves deeply into her characters, creating a novel to savor and reread. A slow pace fits the book, while hints of mystery and the changing centuries keep reader interest high. Delicate subjects handled honestly make the book more appropriate for adults. Chateau of Echoes will creep in and make a home for itself in your heart. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Suddenly widowed in a foreign country, Frédérique Farmer did what any girl would do: She bought a castle. She just never imagined that its mysterious fifteenth-century owner would hold the keys to her second chance at life. When an extensive, painstaking restoration of the chateau reveals an ancient treasure, Frédérique kisses her reclusive life good-bye. She opens an exclusive bed-and-breakfast, hires a capricious graduate student, and gets talked into hosting a handsome American for an extended stay. Little does the gourmand know, she's unwittingly concocted a recipe for intrigue, romance, and possibly disaster.