With WWII in full swing, Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton of Manor House in Sitting Marsh has her hands full. She must remain a steadfast symbol of patriotism to the local people while convincing them to accept the American soldiers who are billeted in the village. She must also try to hide her disappointment that American Major Earl Monroe is married.

When a German plane crashes over Sitting Marsh, the citizens chase the young, confused pilot into the woods. Elizabeth leaves it to the authorities until a young woman is murdered. The villagers, sure the German is responsible, want vengeance.

Elizabeth feels compelled to do some investigating of her own to make sure matters dont get out of hand, and besides, it will take her mind off of the out-of-reach Major. However, as she pursues her investigation Earl Monroe is not only never out of mind but very close at hand as well.

Kate Kingsbury successfully recreates the romantic and dangerous era of WWII. The subplot about American-British relations is interesting, and readers will also be caught up in the romantic developments between the Major and the Lady. (Aug., 208 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg