Felicity Lyte is a young widow who has no desire to marry again and turn herself and her fortune over to a husband. Since she believes she is barren, she chooses to take her freedom a step further and take a lover. Hawthorne Greenwood is her ideal choice. He is not a man to attach himself to her or foolhardy enough to fall in love.

Suddenly, Felicity discovers she is pregnant and decides not to tell Thorn but raise the child quietly in the country. All is going according to plan, until Felicity's nephew decides to elope with Thorn's sister.

Thorn and Felicity try to stop the young lovers. Thrown together on the journey, they reestablish their relationship and fall in love. However, once the truth comes out, will it destroy their newfound happiness?

This lovely, engaging romance has just the right mix of lightness and poignancy. SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin