Learn to Love
Megan Pennybaker and William Love have a problem. A strip of land runs behind their properties, and they both want it. She’s a Sycamore Hill native with a gratifying number of influential supporters, and two yellow Labs named Happy and GoLucky. William Love is a celebrity transplant who has more cash than manners, and a pit bull he refuses to name. Since they’re neighbors, they could cooperate. After all, their dogs are crazy about each other.
Laynie Portland, Spy Rising
No one is born a spy. In one way or another, every “righteous” clandestine operative is sought out, enlisted, and trained for the difficult and often terrible work intended to ensure that the principles of freedom triumph over ideologies that seek to dominate and enslave. The year is 1977; the Cold War is intensifying. Helena Portland—Laynie to her family—is set to graduate from the University of Washington, when recruiters from Marstead International invite her to dinner and an informal employment interview. Laynie is flattered: Marstead International is a technology and aeronautics firm with a global presence and reputation.