READY AND WILLING
Bevarly returns to the world of the Kentucky Derby with this wonderful story of ghosts, lost souls and the power of love. As the Derby plays out in the background, the main character's self-discoveries are skillfully presented, and the secondary romance is heartwarming and inspired.
When Audrey Magill sees the portrait of Captain Silas Leyton Summerfield in the antique store and discovers he used to lived in the house she now occupies, she buys it. Unbeknownst to Audrey, the spirit of the captain has a mission. He needs her to help him save his great-great-etcetera-grandson Nathaniel's soul.
About to make a deal with a major criminal, Nathaniel has second thoughts after an attractive, but apparently nuts, woman, warns him that his many-times-removed great-grandfather says he's about to lose his soul. As for Audrey, after the death of her beloved husband, she thought she would never open her heart to someone again. However, Nathaniel needs her help, and love has a way of changing minds, saving souls and healing hearts. (Berkley Sensation, Nov., 304 pp., $7.99)