Lady Katherne Lindsay is little more than a servant in her uncle's home. When he attacks her, Katherne flees, finding a savior in strolling player Jeremy Hughes.

Jeremy and his troupe tread the boards throughout the countryside, making their way to London. By rescuing Katherne, Jeremy not only does a good deed, he gains a remarkable actress and the opportunity to catch the eye of the king's man, "The Libertine," Lord Rochester.

As Katherne grows into an accomplished player, she falls under Jeremy's irresistible spell; it doesn't hurt that he comes to her aid when she lands in trouble by fighting illegal duels, meeting with King Charles II, befriending Nell Gwynne and evading her lecherous uncle's schemes.

Roguish Jeremy teaches Katherne to embrace life and live each day to the fullest -- lessons readers will relish -- as she rushes headlong from one escapade into another. Westin recreates the bawdy Restoration era to perfection with colorful historical detail and each rapier-sharp piece of dialogue. A delightful action-packed read à la Shakespeare in Love. SENSUAL (Aug., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin