THE IDEAL HUSBAND
Leah of Pechem makes a horrible mistake when she runs off with a cad who dumps her in France. But as she's on her way home to face her shame, her ship is caught in a storm. Gentleman Geoffrey Hamelin secures Leah a place in the emergency rowboats before the ship goes down. Geoffrey tries to swim to shore but is swept up on the beach, where he lies near death when Leah discovers him.
With the other survivors believing that they are wed and that Geoffrey has only a slight chance of survival, Leah decides to bring him home as her husband and care for him, thus avoiding her father's wrath.
When Geoffrey recovers his health but not his memory, it's only a matter of time before Leah's lie is found out.
Anton weaves history into her highly romantic tale with aplomb, crafting a beautiful love story brimming with period atmosphere. Medieval fans will cherish such a finely drawn portrait. SENSUAL (Oct., 380 pp., $5.99)