Book Review of
The Dean’s Watch
A compelling saga of an unlikely friendship threaded together by redemption and grace
The setting is a remote mid-nineteenth-century town in England and its grand cathedral. The cathedral Dean, Adam Ayscough, holds a deep love for his parishioners and townspeople, but he is held captive by an irrational shyness and intimidating manner. The Dean and Isaac Peabody, an obscure watchmaker who does not think he or God have anything in common, strike up an unlikely friendship. This leads to an unusual spiritual awakening that touches the entire community.
A richly imaginative and inspiring story with appealing and unique characters, this novel is a favorite of Goudge s fans.
The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge was the perfect book for the last week of 2020. I picked this book up because I needed a quiet comfort read for the end of 2020. This book was just that. It took me a while to get into, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I was drawn into the characters of the remote English town. It reminded me of The Scent of Water, also by Elizabeth Goudge. It was also a little bit like the At Home In Mitord books. If you need a comfort type read that transports you to an English village, I think you will enjoy this one.