Hebe Carlton does not consider herself beautiful or even pretty, nor is she a flirt. A curious young woman, she is an intelligent observer and finds people interesting.

When Major Alex Beresford, an intelligence officer, arrives in Malta he changes Hebe's life to one of new sensations and awareness. Alex finds her fascinating.

But destiny has challenges for these star-crossed lovers. A proposal of marriage not yet made; another longstanding offer accepted; a dangerous trek through France and occupied Spain; one night of passion, which results in heartbreaking consequences; and an honorable marriage.

Will Hebe and Alex let go of the hurts they suffered and open their hearts and admit the love they feel? With her well-developed characters, Allen writes an appealing sensual and emotionally rich love story. SENSUAL (Mar., 299 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond