Though he has never been to Ireland, Aloysious Shane Howard Howell, Marquess of Sherbourne, feels a sense of coming home to Canamara, his Irish estate. A widower, bearing an English title and by birth half-English and half-Irish, he travels under the name of Shane Howard.

Shane visits Ireland to come to grips with the death of his young son, but when he meets Kathleen McNamara long-buried feelings come to life.

This feisty female is different from the women he is used to. Kathleen wants nothing to do with the English and Shane is a bit shaken to discover that Kathleen blames the Marquess of Sherbourne for killing her husband.

Shane discovers that all is not as it should be with his lands. The tenants bear a hatred for the "Devil Sherbourne," all with good reason. He sets out to right the wrongs inflicted on his people and soon he and Kathleen find themselves enmeshed in an affair that culminates with them falling in love- a love that may be destroyed when the proud Irish beauty discovers his identity.

This novel is a compelling story about the plight of the Irish under English domination, and of two people: one who must learn to love and live again, another who must put hatred to rest. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond