A young woman garbed as a nun piques the interest of Hugh of Bradford during a peace-keeping mission in Wales for Henry.

Despite her sheltered existence in a convent since her husband's death, Isabeux Bayeux is aware of the problems besetting Wales. These are turbulent times as Matilda, Stephen and Henry vie for the throne of England.

From the moment Hugh discovers that Isabeux is not a nun, he vows to woo and win the lady's heart. His fairness, intelligence and willingness to work with the villagers impresses Isabel, regardless of her wariness of the handsome Englishman.

Fate steps in and Hugh seizes the opportunity to marry Isabeux in order to protect her and her property. Still, misunderstandings and pride conspire to keep the newlyweds apart until trust and desire bring them together in the heat of an all consuming love.

Someone who wants Isabeux as his own determines to destroy her marriage. Isabeux must risk her own life to expose a madman or lose all she and Hugh have gained.

With deft strokes of her pen, Linda Cajio captures the atmosphere of the Middle Ages with all the color and excitement readers could desire. SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin