Jo Ann Ferguson continues the saga of the Wolfe family as the scholarly Lorenzo takes up residence at his recently inherited estate deep in Exmoor Forest.

Lorenzo never expected lightning to strike twice. Happily surrendering the family title back to his cousin upon his unexpected reappearance, he is astounded to learn that he has come into a second earldom, this time courtesy of his mothers brother. Perhaps at last he can live the quiet life he craves to further his academic interests.

But fate and a family ghost have something else in mind, starting with a bewildering encounter with the beautiful Lady Valeria Fanning. Who is this lady, and why are she and her nephew residing in his new home? How can he protect his heart against this spirited redhead?

Although character development is uneven and not particularly empathetic, readers will appreciate the intriguing storyline. (Feb., 221 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer