Lady Jessica's startling resemblance to a woman Rand Templeton, Marquess of Ashford, loved and tragically lost compels him to flee England until he can face his grief and begin again. When he returns, spirited Jess asks for his help.
Jess, the head mistress of the Farell School for Young Ladies, keeps the ghosts of her past away by working with the lively girls. Intelligent and headstrong, Jess is healing from her own emotional scars when a girl's accident forces her to protect her from being labeled insane and institutionalized.
Young Amanda was a gifted pianist and Jess hopes that Rand, a consummate musician, can help Amanda recover physically and emotionally from the horrifying riding accident that killed her mother and left her brain injured.
By agreeing to help Amanda, Rand gets close to Jess. His love for her, coupled with Amanda's problems, will unwittingly unlock Jess' past, leaving her defenseless against old demons but able to find a passion that helps her accept Rand's unconditional love.
GIFTS is a wonderful, emotional novel with a warm, sensitive hero readers will adore and a heroine to admire. Jo-Ann Power gifts readers with a story they will long remember and a tale of the healing power of love. Stunning! SENSUAL (Oct., 337 pp., $5.99)