Wisconsin businesswoman Maura Finnegan is in big trouble! Her late father's freeze-dried cabbage company is on the brink of bankruptcy, and her fianc, who dumped her, is not only a fraud but a fortune hunter as well.

Then Maura inherits an Irish furniture company and townhouse. She rushes to Ireland planning to sell her inheritance and return home to save her company. Her plans immediately go astray. Maura is seduced by the Emerald Isle, its lush valleys, picturesque countryside and hospitable people. And her townhouse, though held together by masking tape and a prayer, feels like home. A home she soon learns she shares with the ghost of Fitzwilliam Connolly, an ancestor who was murdered right on her front steps.

The only blight on her homecoming proves to be Donal Bryne, a pharmaceutical executive, who will use seduction or force to get Maura to sell him her factory. Except that now Maura refuses to sell, especially not to another man who is using her. Amid all the fun of their quarreling, making up and falling in love, Maura and Donal find themselves embroiled in a two-century-old murder mystery, flipping back and forth between the past and the present (the lovers are the reincarnations of Fitzwilliam and his fiance Kitty), and on the run from another ghost.

MAIDEN VOYAGE is another hit for Judith O'Brien. Though not a time-travel romance, this combination ghost/reincarnation love story is fun and exciting. O'Brien fans, get ready to laugh, cry and enjoy! (Jan., 368 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria C. Ferrer