Soon after her parents' deaths, Jennie Sheridan must face the disgrace of her sister Kate's pregnancy. The respectable folks of Vermillion, Nevada, aren't prepared to accept two single women, one with child, operating a boarding house for miners.

With the sheriff out of town, it falls to the district attorney to shut them down. Carter's attraction to Jennie leads him to repeal the court order, but his job keeps them apart. When Kate's pregnancy is in jeopardy, she is sent to a distant hospital, and the problem is alleviated, if only temporarily.

As the child of an unwed mother, Carter finds it difficult to understand why Jennie resists adopting Kate's baby. He feels that a nameless child has no chance. This opinion influences the orphaned boy Jennie has taken in and when the boy takes action on behalf of the newborn, Carter learns a new definition of family. Ana Seymour writes a charmingly accurate portrayal of a mining town's struggle to tone down its wild beginnings and gifts the reader with a reminder that many families, though not traditional, are still built with love. SENSUAL (Oct., 264 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger