CANDLE IN THE WINDOW
When his son, Sir William of Miraval, is blinded in battle, Lord Peter seeks out Lady Saura of Roget, the only woman in England who can help William. Blind since infancy, Saura does not allow her handicap to interfere with her abilities to run a household, ride a horse and live as normal a life as possible. Saura will not let William wallow in self-pity, but teach him to be self-sufficient.
Though wary of Lord Peter's offer, she takes over as chatelaine and turns William's keep into a well-run household and no one dare tell William that she is blind. Still wallowing in his loss, William taunts Saura and then begins to admire her tenacity, intelligence and strong will. She goads and sometimes irks him, but she gets him out of his drunken stupor. He believes she is old, or at best a nun, and she lets him keep thinking that way. But secretly, Saura is falling in love with William.
On a day's outing, they are abducted, and William is once again injured. During the night, Saura heals his wounds and gives him her love. When the dawn comes William's sight has returned. It is as if a miracle occurred. Having fallen in love with Saura blind, William is determined to make her his wife now that he can see.
But Saura feels that she is inferior, that her blindness makes it impossible for her to become William's wife. Yet even as William strives to convince Saura that she is the only woman for him, old-friends-turned-enemies plot to destroy their love and seize their holdings.
CANDLE IN THE WIND is a very special romance, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Filled with warmth and compassion, this is a lesson you'll never forget-that the inside is more important than the outside. It is a beautiful, satisfying tale, well-written, fast-paced and a joy to read. Christina Dodd's first book , this should surely hold a place in readers' hearts. SENSUAL (Reissue, Jan., 450 pp., $5.99)