Original Publication Year:1999
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Independent and stubbornly unmarried, Abbie Vayle has always been a little too smart for her own good. But she may gave gone too far when she starts her own rare-book business . . . and acquires an antique book in Paris with a mysterious code scribbled in the margins . . . Someone wants the book back . . . and is willing to kill to get it. The only trouble is, Abbie no longer has the book. It’s locked away in the customs house in Dover. Now it’s a race against time as Abbie stays one step ahead of her pursuers. The last person she wants to confide in is her best friend, Hugh Templar, a formidable scholar. But as Hugh keeps turning up where she least expects him, a few things begin to dawn on her . . . Not only is Hugh surprisingly – in fact, incredibly – handsome without his glasses on, but he’s strangely “professional” in how he handles her enemies. Hugh is clearly not what he seems. And soon Abbie realizes that neither is she . . as she discovers what it means to love with all her heart and soul.