When King Phillip of France decrees the sacred order of Templars heretics and sentences them to death on Friday the 13th, 1307, four men escape and flee to England.

Sir Richard de Cantor became a Templar in hopes of purging himself of guilt over his daughter's death and his wife's madness. He returns still bearing his pain. Lady Margaret Newcomb cares for Lady de Cantor as punishment for her own transgression. Her world of penance is shattered by Richard's return.

With his wife's death, Richard and Meg are trapped between awakening desire and their penance, but their chance for redemption is threatened on all sides.

This carefully researched medieval romance is a feast brimming over with strong characters and such intense emotions that readers will feel as if they are part of the story. McCall reaches new heights in storytelling with this first of what promises to be an enthralling series. SENSUAL (Jun., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin