Two British subjects meet while traveling in Turkey -- an intelligent but naïve spinster trying to outrun rumors of a scandal and a nobleman who not only recognizes her, but is partially responsible for the scandal. Jewel places strong, likable characters in a part of the world where they're challenged at every turn. After a slow start, the pace picks up, leaving the reader breathless by the end.
Miss Sabine Godard is traveling in the Far East with her elderly uncle, who is writing a book about the area. When she meets the Marquis of Foye at a local assembly, she recognizes him as the friend of the man who ruined her reputation.
Against all odds, Sabine and Foye become friends. Both have vowed never to marry, but their attraction becomes heated. When a political leader invites Sabine and her uncle to his palace, Foye realizes that the pasha's intentions are to add Sabine to his harem or sell her as a white slave. Can he rescue her before the pasha carries out his evil plans? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 293 pp., $7.99)