Ellen Ross, a widowed mother of
two young adults, is looking for a change when a family friend invites her to
accompany him to Basel, Switzerland.
Basel is renowned for its art - and
it doesn't disappoint. In fact, she meets a youthful Swiss artist, Christian
Karl. Christian offers excitement and a step away from her rigid upbringing
when he invites her to pose for a portrait. Captivated by his artistic values,
she succumbs to his seduction. The afternoon not only momentarily sets her free
of the lifestyle that stifles her, but rescues her heart which she believed had
died with her beloved husband. She leaves Switzerland
and Christian behind, thinking that what happens in Basel
will stay in Basel... but actions
will always have their consequences.
Madeleine McDonald pens a novel
with characters that live and breathe her homeland! Her main character feels
weak at first but she consistently grows as the reader turns the pages. The
author does an admirable job of painting a deliciously believable villain in
Philip. Unfortunately at times the story feels contrived, with a few twists
that seem a little too convenient.
Overall though, this fall/summer
romance is a refreshing change of pace that rises above the typical dynamic.
McDonald paints vibrant scenes from Switzerland's
green to the tiny studio of an artist to the landscape of coast and rills and a
comfortable home in Scotland.
3 1/2 stars - Ind'tale Magazine