You can always count on Anne Barbour for gloriously innovative Regency romance as she proves once again in this refreshingly different time-travel adventure.

No one is more excited than Lady Hilary Merton about the prospective arrival of James Wincanon, the new owner of the neighboring estate. A devotee of archealogical studies herself, Lady Hilary looks forward to finding a kindred spirit at last in the noted antiquarian.

Their first meeting is inauspicious. Convinced that no woman is capable of the kind of rational thought needed by a serious scholar, James gives the lady short shrift indeed when they clash at the ruins of a Roman villa. The extraordinary arrival of a gruff Roman Centurion near a Druidic circle, however, forces them to declare a truce while they try to discover how to get the bewildered soldier back to his own time and place.

Not only does Ms. Barbour mesmerize us with her fascinating plot, she wins our hearts with a richly shaded romance in which two unique lovers discover they have more in common than they thought. Pure delight! (Sep., 220 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer