Fionnha "Fio" Brennan is taking a leave of absence from teaching in New York to search for her roots to Ireland. This distances her from Rick Harper, her abusive two-timing ex-fiancé. Because of the overbooked flight, Fio is seated in first-class and meets Kathleen Burke, a friendly Irish lady.

When Mrs. Burke offers Fio the use of her Gatehouse near her estate, Fio can't refuse. The only "drawback" is that Fio will be in close proximity to Niall Burke, Kathleen's eligible son, who runs Burke Enterprises. Because of Rick, Fio has trouble trusting Niall, even as he turns his charm on full force. Just as Niall manages to breach the wall Fio's drawn around herself, a friend of the family ruins Niall's chances.

As he chases a despondent Fio back across the Atlantic, he searches Spenser's Valley where her sister Maggie lives. His business contacts have informed him that her life is in grave danger. Fio faces a difficult decision when Niall does find hercan she trust his love even as she suspects that he may be involved with the IRA?

Passionate romance with a modern-day knight in shining armor form the framework of this creative read. Though the Burke wealth becomes somewhat outlandish, Ms. Mays has penned a contemporary certain to provide the reader with a few hours of pleasing entertainment. (Now available, 260 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick