In the Garden of Iden
is the novel which establishes a common character in the ‘Company’ series. Her name is Mendoza… she was rescued from Inquisition-era Spain. This was Baker’s first published novel, and it does feel that way, somewhat. But, it’s worth sampling at least some further examples to see how her writing has matured.
The theme here is that time-travel is possible, and that agents are recruited to go back and rescue important objects, whether they are works of art, or specimens of plants and animals that became extinct. The agents are effectively immortal.
Mendoza, nonetheless, is a young agent in her first mission. She falls in love with a local.
I re-read this by accident… and it was much more tedious the second time. Sequels might be better.