Because of a past scandal, Charlotte Randolph and her little brother, Alexander, are alone and friendless when the Yankees commandeer their home to set up a headquarters. She has no choice but to spy on the enemy.
Seriously wounded, Ben Chandler has been stationed in Memphis as the general's aide-de-camp to watch over the aging man. He does not know what to make of Charlotte, but he does not trust her.
Though his mistrust never leaves, Ben is enchanted by Charlotte and Alexander and is ever so slowly falling in love. But when secrets begin leaking out to the rebels he suspects Charlotte.
Love in a time of war is always a compelling theme, and Gwyneth Atlee uses it to her advantage in this complex, engrossing, beautifully written love story with characters who grab onto your heart and don't let go. This is a must read for fans of Civil War novels and anyone who loves a really gripping story. SENSUAL (Jul., 350 pp., $5.99)