Single mother and writer Hope leads a relatively uneventful life in a quiet rural town. For excitement, she lives vicariously through Sela Theodore, the heroine in her spy novels. Hope's life takes a turn when she chances upon Chandler Adams, a real-life international spy who's boarding at the bed-and-breakfast next door. Soon Hope is caught up in Chandler's latest case and, working closely with him, she cannot deny the intense attraction. But they lead such different lives -- is there any way that they can build a future?

Liggett nicely contrasts Hope's monotonous daily life with the excitement and energy of Chandler's existence. Despite the unrealistic plot and stereotypical spy characterization -- reminiscent of James Bond without the British accent -- this book is an enjoyable read. (May, 239 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Nasha Kanai