Zebra's bright star Jean Ewing shines with excellence as she brings us another irresistible hero to beguile us in a myriad of exciting ways.

It is a golden March day when Miss Prudence Drake first sets eyes on Harry Acton. Only he does not know that he is Harry Acton at the time. All he knows is that he is lying flat on the beach somewhere along the Scottish coast under the unwavering gaze of a small boy and his protective governess.

Prudence knows it is unwise to daydream about the handsome stranger, especially when she must face a greater danger. Somehow she must prevent her charge from falling into the clutches of his evil new guardian, even if it means running off and embarking on a perilous journey to a safe haven in England.

Harry, though, is not about to let her go unaccompanied. But is he a hero or villain? And how can she tell?

Ms. Ewing spins an intricate web of sharply defined minor characters and a highly engaging pair of lovers to win our hearts over. (Apr, 219 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer