Talented new author Janet Chapman returns to Maine and to those handsome time-traveling highlanders. As with the first book in the series, the characters are lively, intriguing and full of passion.

The last six years have been earth-shaking for Morgan MacKeage. Being wrenched out of his century and dumped into the future is nothing to take lightly. Father Daar, the Druid wizard who accidentally transported the MacKeage clan into the future, lost his powerful magical staff in a remote pond. Ever since, Morgan's noticed a strange pattern among the trees and animals. Morgan and Daar realize that a dark influence is trying to take hold in the wilderness.

Mercedes "Sadie" Quill is intent on building a legacy for her late father and sister. Asked to put together a proposal for a wilderness park, she's been carefully hiking and marking the proposed territory. Knowing that he must protect the secrets of this area, Morgan is not about to let a wilderness park be built near Daar's magic-laden pond.

But as Morgan is trying to drive Sadie away, can he resist the beautiful naturalist or will he fall under Sadie's spell? (Pocket, May, 328 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith