Return to Spindle Cove as Dare simply dares readers not to laugh or cry or be otherwise emotionally touched by her charmer. Keep this lovely novel as a pick-me-up that delights, enchants and sweeps readers away.

Resident bluestocking Minerva Highwood takes matters into her own hands when she fears the rakish Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, will propose to her sister. She needs to get to Scotland to present information abut her geological find, a great lizard’s footprint. By convincing Colin to escort her she will remove him from the Cove and her sister. Ordinarily Colin would never accept such an outlandish proposal, but he needs the money she offers. Now they have a week to evade her family, escape from outlaws, travel cross-country and then convince the members of the society to allow Minerva to present her paper. As if this isn’t enough, falling in love adds to the complications and excitement. (AVON, Apr., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin