Master storyteller Sandra Heath introduces a spirited pair of matchmaking ghosts whose only hope of heaven is a happy union between two of their descendants.

The prospects are not encouraging since the Courtenay and Fitzpaine families have been bitter enemies for a hundred years or more. Fortunately, Henrietta Courtenay and Marcus Fitzpaine resemble their ancestors both physically and in spirit, even though their initial attraction has turned into stated dislike.

The perfect matchmaking opportunity comes when both attend a country house party hosted by mutual friends. The festivities are interrupted by the appearance of a French frigate whose dastardly intentions are foiled by Henrietta and Marcus and their ghostly counterparts. But if they are to unmask the French spy trying to deliver information to the ship, they must put their differences aside and work together.

Will they discover that love is stronger than family enmity?

Ms. Heath creates an unforgettable set of characters with a marvelous touch of whimsy and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages at a rapid rate. (Dec., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer