THE DUKE OF SHADOWS
Duran's fascinating, emotionally intense first novel will certainly captivate those seeking a unique setting and unconventional characters. With their strong sense of honor and passionate beliefs, her characters leap from the pages. Readers who relish Mary Jo Putney's and Mary Balogh's novels will enjoy this one.
Because he's part native Julian's an outcast, torn between his British and Indian roots. Yet he feels compelled to aid the British during the rebellion and see Emma to safety. When Emma disappears Julian is led to believe she's dead and returns to England as the duke. Four years later Emma's paintings of India cause a sensation. Discovering her alive is wondrous, but he must save her from an unknown enemy before he can regain her trust and love. (Pocket Star, Apr., 380 pp., $6.99)