The legend begins when the Earl of Langsford rescues the granddaughter of King George IV, the infant Estrella. He travels far to keep her safe, finally settling in Sioux Territory in America.

When Estrella matures, she returns to England as Lady Estrella and is soon presented at court. Memories of her time with the Lakota haunt her, especially those of the warrior, Mato Sapa (Black Bear), whom she vowed to love forever. But she also made a vow to the Earl on his deathbed and married an English gentleman by proxy.

When Black Bear attempts to reclaim Estrella before she finds her "husband," she is torn between her two promises and the reality of marriage.

This novel, part fable and part historical fact, is mixed with vivid imagination. Karen Kay presents interesting characters and a sweet, yet sexually charged, love story with elements similar to those in Jude Deveraux's Remembrance. VERY SENSUAL (Sept., 384 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger