Traveling from London to her uncle's solicitor in Virginia, Claire Curran does not suspect that the letter she carries will seal her fate. The missive instructs colonial Devon Rivards to marry Claire or sell his ancestral home to pay off his brother's gambling debt. He assents, but determines to annul the marriage once the debt has been settled.

Spirited Claire is furious with the circumstances, but will go along until she finds a way to escape. As the rumors of war swirl around them, the dynamic couple find they are falling in love.

Leslie La Foy is one of those powerful writers you can always turn to for something unique and uplifting. She continually surprises readers by never writing the same book twice. In COME WHAT MAY, she portrays a pre-Revolutionary America that will gratify historians as well as romantics. SENSUAL (Sep., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin