Lachlan McTavish has arrived in London, devastated to learn of the death of his younger sister. With his drunken brother-in-law gone and their two small children neglected by the servants, Mac has no alternative but to spirit them away.

Destiny brings him to Beatrice Cavandishs doorstep. With the recent death of her father, Beatrice has found she is ill-equipped to manage the near-destitute estate shes inherited. So when Mac arrives in dire need of a nanny and a place to stay while awaiting his ship and his return to Virginia, Beatrice offers the obstinate American room and board and a nursemaid for the children in exchange for his teaching her how to run the estate. She is relieved when he agrees, but wonders if she has made a pact with a tall, broad-shouldered devilone who takes her breath away, and teaches this sheltered spinster more than just estate management.

Strong writing and storytelling are Ms. Rices trademark along with her flair for ditzy characters and a subtle sense of humor. In ALL A WOMAN WANTS, she also includes two beguiling children and strong emotional intensity to satisfy readers. SENSUAL (Jun., 350 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond