After the horrific massacre at Culloden, Rory Forbes is a different man, As the Marquis of Braemoor, he is loyal to the English; so loyal that he takes a Jacobite wife in an arranged marriage to ensure his place as a supporter of the king.

Bethia MacDonell finds her foppish husband a disgrace. She knows she is only a pawn in the political game between England and the remaining Scots. But she can play at games as well; for she will do whatever she must to secure her brothers freedom from English imprisonment.

Her hope lies with the man known as The Black Knave; a daring rogue who works to free Jacobites and get them to safety. He somehow manages to avoid the English and leaves behind a playing card featuring his namesake: the black knave. Bethia has no idea that she is playing at a dangerous game and that as she gets closer to Rory, she is also closer to finding the man she seeks.

Patricia Potter has taken a classic plotline and added something fresh, making her story ring with authenticity, color, exciting action, her special humor and deep emotions. THE BLACK KNAVE is The Scarlet Pimpernel with twists and turns that make an old story new and lets us know why Ms. Potter is a master storyteller and a star of the genre. SENSUAL (Jul., 416 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin