Samuel Jenkins, a former attorney in Cincinnati, needs help on his farm. He goes to greet the orphan train from New York, hoping to get a strong young man. He comes home with the young man and his two younger sisters.

Calin Rafferty has been lied to more than once in the past year. The latest lie sends her cross-country, searching for her three children. When she finds them, she is sick and broke and must agree to become Samuel's housekeeper until she has enough money to take the children back to Ireland.

This book is well written and researched. Calin's agreement to a sexual relationship without promises and no worry about becoming pregnant was surprising though. This may create a difficulty for some readers, but I found the novel to be a compelling read and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. SENSUAL (Oct., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Deborah Brent