Upon her father's accidental death, Lady Gillian Ellicott discovers that the Calum, Lord Iolar, has been named her guardian. In a desperate attempt to save her home, her land and her people from a lord rumored to have destroyed his own lands, she devises an outrageous scheme.

Hiding her father's body in the ice house and burying him in secret, Gillian plans to convince the Scottish laird that her father is on a trip and that she is affianced.

Firmly believing that he must do his duty and become Gillian's protector, Calum is stunned to find that his beautiful ward needs protecting only from him. Though he strives to deny his growing feelings for Gillian and is outraged by her wild schemes, he falls under her spell.

Gillian finds it hard to believe the stories about the reckless Scotsman whose concern and gentleness with her people give lie to the rumors. She finds that he is more a man than she expected, and when circumstances force them to wed, Gillian knows she loves her husband.

Yet the shadows of the past, untruths, betrayal and deceit threaten the newlyweds as they strive to rebuild Calum's home and their love.

Filled with poignancy, humor and a delightful cast of characters FOOL OF HEARTS is a winning historical romance debut for Ms. Wilhelm. Sit back and enjoy this charming love story and dream of the Highlands and a hero like Calum. SENSUAL (June, 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin