DANCING WITH SIN
In gas-lit Boston, a newly wed young woman seeks to find her place in marriage as she is caught in a web of deceit.
Naive Rose becomes a pawn in John and Colette Taylor's plan to ruin her husband. Married to assistant district attorney, Luke Beaudette, Rose considers herself happy, until she meets Colette, who opens her eyes to a new, sensual world.
Raised by an overly strict and highly religious mother, repressed Rose is fearful of her sensuality and her growing need for independence. Meeting Colette suddenly sets her free, and also plunges her headlong into peril.
Using Rose's innocence to draw her into a game that can only end in disaster, John lures her to a gambling hall, and then frames her for murder.
Though Luke loves Rose with a passion he thought unimaginable, he feels betrayed by her association with the Taylors and the implications of her presence at the gambling hall. Throughout the difficult investigation and tumultuous trial, Luke stands by the woman he loves and discovers that his trust has been well placed and that love always triumphs.
DANCING WITH SIN is a different story; it's one filled with mainstream elements...a deep, insightful portrait of late 19th-century society and a woman's place within that world. Though the romance takes a backseat to the suspense, Ms. Goodger's talents lie in presenting a different picture of the era and following through with themes that are as relevant today as they were a century ago. SENSUAL (July, 340 pp., $5.99)