This historical romance and adventure is one of my favorite books and for good reason.
It is the story of a girl approaching spinsterhood in Regency-era London. She thinks she finds her God-planned destiny in the form of a missionary in China who visits London in order to collect funds. When he is reluctant to take her on board his ship on his return to China, she promptly becomes a stowaway, so sure is she of God's calling to become a missionary. However, as it turns out absolutely nothing is as it seemed at first, and she embarks upon a grander adventure she could ever have imagined herself in.
The question arises, is she drifting further and further away from God's will in her life, or is she getting any closer to finding it than she was in her uncle's house in London?
This is a question that has troubled me at various times in my life, and to find it tackled in a book with so much humor and adventure was a delight for me.
There are surprises at every turn, and I couldn't stop turning the pages at the very end, not even the second time I read this book (and I intend to read it many more). But this wasn't its only asset.
It is the most colorfull story. There are regency gowns at the beginning and a chinese wedding at the end. There is a breathtaking sword fight and melting kisses. There is a ship and a journey. And most importantly, there is God in this book. His mercy and His guidance and His care.
And His love for us, even when we turn our back on Him and follow our own ways.
Needless to say, I loved how the question of finding God's will was answered. And I do believe that is the actual answer, that we will find it in the place we least expect.
Rating : 5/5
P.S. Once more, the cover is misleading. The heroine is nothing like this woman on it, she is not coquettish or cruel. (I don't know why, but the model's mouth and jaw give me the impression of cruelty and harshness.) The heroine is a self-conscious young lady, struggling to find her way without comitting too many gaffes, and to trust God in everything. If nothing else, trusting God does soften one's features...