This delightful spin-off from The Captain's Bride sweeps readers to colonial Cape Cod and the home of the Fairbourne family. An English aristocrat's brother and the captain's spunky sister meet on a collision course.

Serena Fairbourne is perfectly happy to live in her family home; she is the epitome of a strong willed, hearty New England spinster. Then comes the night her small skiff is lost in the fog and she is rescued by a dashing, mysterious man. Under the mists their flirtation seems innocent, but when Fitzgerald Crosbie appears on her doorstep, it's a different story.

Gerald came to the colonies determined to rescue his sister, Anabelle, and convince her to return to England. He's unprepared for what greets him-a very pregnant Anabelle and the "mermister" that she fished from the sea.

Serena is stunned by the joy that she finds in Gerald's wooing, but she is sure he will not want to relinquish his gentleman's life for a colonial lass.

Gerald, too, is amazed at his desire for Serena, but life's hard lessons have taught him to harden his heart against love. His distrust of everyone is making it difficult for Serena to heal his wounded soul, but she can never allow harsh winds of fear to pull her beloved away. How could any evil threaten their chance for peace?

As always, Ms. Jarrett paints a vivid and exciting portrait of colonial America. With a delightful and charming cast of characters, CRANBERRY POINT is a memorable tale of trust and love, of healing and passion, and most of all the magic of romance. SENSUAL (June, 339 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin