Noah Cutter loved his wayward brother, and that's part of the reason he wants to protect his widow and her unborn child.

The widow, Katherine, has lived a hard life, but not without dreams. She insisted on marriage to Levi Cutter but knows her choice was hasty and not well-informed. Now she just wants a new life, away from the harsh poverty and negative attitudes.

Noah suffered a brutal accident as a child and is terribly scarred. He's touched by Kate's open acceptance of him and by her constantly positive outlook. He decides to marry his brother's widow and raise her child. Katherine can't believe her good fortune and, at first, she's grateful to Noah. But she isn't ready to shut the door on love, nor on passion.

A beautifully crafted and involving story about the transforming power of love, this is recommended reading for any fan of small western towns and wounded heroes saved by sprightly heroines. SENSUAL (Jul., 296 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger