Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.
Sofi’s Bridge is an excellent novel from the talented pen of Christine Lindsay, whose British Raj series garnered stellar reviews. Adept in any historical era, Christine transports readers to 1913 America in this romantic story of unexpected love, dangerous secrets, and the plight of educated women living in a world catering towards men. Neil’s compassionate heart makes him easy to love and Sofi’s determination to protect her sister from an asylum, along with her talent as an engineer defies her socialite status and energises the story. Interesting facts about bridge-building and what we now call workplace safety, pepper the story naturally, and the growth of the characters make this story a must read for historical romance lovers. On a side note, I love the model on the cover chosen for Neil, who couldn’t look more Irish if he tried – again the attention to detail makes Sofi’s Bridge a most pleasurable reading experience.
With thanks to the author for my review copy