Genna Whitworth is shipwrecked off the coast of Florida and rescued by Eli Blaylock, a young man she knew 17 years ago and who she thought had died in the Seminole attack that killed her father.
Despite that Eli is now engaged and Genna is fleeing her brutal brother-in-law, Philip, they rediscover their love. But their path is fraught with difficulties including lies, abuse and racial tensions. Genna must overcome the guilt she feels about her sexuality due to Philip's abuse, and Eli is torn between his need to please his foster father and his love for Genna.
While Easton (aka Gwyneth Atlee) accurately depicts the times, the predictable plot, which jumps back and forth from the present to the Seminole attack, did not work for this reader. It is good to see the characters work out their problems, but the path to that ending needs deeper and smoother paving. SENSUAL (Feb., 318 pp.,$5.99)