Veteran storyteller Martha Kirkland skillfully entertains us with a tale of a spirited miss who becomes entangled in both romance and danger when she encounters a mysterious spy.

It is the impulse of the moment that causes Miss Rosalind Hinton to break her journey to Hertfordshire at the country home of a childhood acquaintance, a recent prisoner of war just repatriated home from a French prison. But is this man really who his uncle thinks he is?

Convinced that the man is not the youth she once knew, Rosalind can only conclude that he must be a French spy. And when the stranger throws her into a moving carriage to prevent her from revealing his masquerade, Rosalind is absolutely convinced that her life is in serious danger.

It turns out, however, that the greatest danger is to her heart.

Although the heroines behavior is gallant, it is also sometimes foolish. Still, Ms. Kirkland serves up an appealing brew of favorite Regency plot lines for our considerable reading enjoyment. (Feb., 223 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer