THE DIARY OF JEAN-JACQUES COUPIER
Celeste Montclaire, a strong-willed attorney, thinks she's found the man of her dreams in Jim Cooper. He owns his own business, Time Travelers Inc., which he claims can send people back in time. Although Celeste is falling in love with Jim, she can't shake the memory of Phillipe, her first love, who mysteriously disappeared from her life when she was a young art student in Paris.
When Celeste gets an antique book, she thinks it would make the perfect gift for Jim. She heads to his weekend cabin, falls asleep waiting for him, and wakes up in the middle of the French Revolution.
In 1793, she is Celeste Lacombe, and she must choose between her former lover, Phillipe de Broquens, an aristocrat, and Jim's former life persona, a police spy named Jean-Jacques Coupier. Her life depends on this choice.
This novel is overflowing with graphic portrayals of historical events, such as public executions by guillotine. Van Horne does a fantastic job blending fact with fiction and delivers an incredible love story that will have readers reaching for this one again and again. This is a true keeper. SENSUAL (Mar., 336 pp., $16.50)