James Lindford, Viscount Farley, gives little thought to his illegitimate children, until he returns from the Orient to discover one of his daughters is a street urchin. He brings her to his country estate to avoid scandal.

Miss Phoebe Churchill quietly raises her niece alone. When she discovers a girl stealing food from her garden, she has no choice but to accost the thief's father. James responds to the admonishment by asking Phoebe to become his children's governess. They share an attraction, but Phoebe is determined not to become just another conquest for James.

Becnel creates a story of an ordinary woman who catches the eye of an extraordinary man. It's a perfect fantasy, and she carries it off superbly, with an understanding of the characters' motivations and emotional needs. Another unforgettable love story. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin