A rich and beautiful story, set in a quiet cathedral city during the eighteenth-century.
When cathedral dean Adam Ayscough encounters clockmaker Isaac Peabody, their unlikely friendship touches the lives of the entire community.
Behind the dean's fearsome reputation lies a humble man crippled by shyness. Desperate to leave behind a lasting legacy of goodness, his only wishes are to serve God and his parishioners, and to be loved by his young and dissatisfied wife.
Haunted by the memories of a miserable childhood, gifted clockmaker Isaac Peabody has spent a lifetime perfecting his craft and rejecting all belief in God.
Despite their fundamental differences, both men find a common understanding, and discover that faith can come in many different guises.
About the novels of Elizabeth Goudge there is always something of the fairy-tale, and THE DEAN'S WATCH is full of the enchantment of goodness - it has that timelessness which marks the author's best work. - The Scotsman