On her deathbed, the sister of Lady Sarah Spenser begs Sarah to tell no one that her nephew is illegitimate. Sarah swears on her mothers grave that no one will know Andrew is the offspring of her beloved sister and her callous seducer.

Upon her return home, the entire district believes Andrew is her own bastard. Because of the gossip, she releases her betrothed, Justin Tolbert, from their engagement.

Justin, now the Earl of Wynfield, returns from the Napoleonic Wars with an amputated foot and a pile of debts left by his father and older brother.

Thinking she can benefit from his financial trouble, Sarah proposes to marry Justin and settle all of his familys debts in exchange for seeing her foster son accepted by society. Since she cant tell her husband why she broke their previous engagement and supposedly bore a child, Justin assumes the marriage to be a purely business arrangement to save his estate.

Ms. Wilson writes a moving tale of love overcoming great obstacles, of promises kept, and trust restored. Justin and Sarah are both admirable characters, who manage to love when it no longer seems possible. SENSUAL (Nov., 350 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer