Futuristic romance comes into its own with the marvelous debut of Jan Zimlich in this heartwrenching love story of an alien ship commander and a beautiful human.

It was only a scouting mission to collect biological samples from the newly discovered world. Although the planet was inhabited, the level of technology on it could not be sufficient to endanger the landing party. Or so Aayshen Rahs and his Kri technician think until their craft is shot down, and they find themselves stranded on a strange planet.

Laura Malek never expected to find aliens lurking in her nursery shed. But there they were, and she becomes their involuntary hostess as they await rescue. Fascination mixes with fear as she experiences a telepathic bond with her captor that shocks Aayshen as much as it does her.

The outside world, however, intrudes in the form of Air Force Intelligence, who track the extraterrestrial beings to her doorstep. Just as all hell is about to break loose in the small Mississippi community...

Ms. Zimlich presents her romantic premise in splendidly convincing detail, making us believe that one day we just might come across an alien of our very own. This is "must" reading for any fan of outstanding romance. (Sept., 368 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
M. Helfer