Desperate and penniless, Elizabeth Sadler tries to find her missing brother and discovers that he has died in an opium den. Her anger and grief turn to hatred for all things Chinese and she goes on a rampagedestroying the den and her reputation.
When James Cameron Craig hears Elizabeth crying he is reminded of another womans tears. He decides to hire Elizabeth as a governess for his precious Treasureshis four adopted Chinese daughters.
Elizabeth is stunned to discover her charges are Chinese and nearly allows her prejudice to drive her away. But it is impossible not to fall in love with these beautiful little girls who were abandoned by their families because daughters are not as desirable as sons.
Elizabeth establishes her place in the household and in James heart, but ugly rumors and local bigotry haunt James as does his tragic past, creating walls between his and Elizabeths blossoming love.
Elizabeth must be strong enough to put aside her hatred and her and James pasts, so she can find a way to keep their family together and build a home based on love.
Warmth, love, tenderness and humanity fill the pages to overflowing in another beautifully rendered romance from Rebecca Hagan Lee. Following an original plotline, tackling important themes and creating memorable characters (especially the Treasures) ensure Ms. Lee a place among the finest writers. SENSUAL (Jan., 300 pp., $5.99)