The last thing Ellen O'Brian needs after her husband saddles her with the farm is another drifter. But Jason Flint proves he's different when he helps her after she breaks her leg. Ellen wonders about his motives, though.

The answer emerges soon enough, when Jason confesses that he's an ex-member of her husband's gang. Dan O'Brian had bragged about all the stolen money he'd hidden at the farm. Jason meant to take it, until he met Ellen.

But his confession and vow to stand with her against Dan come too late -- her husband returns with the other gang members.

In this unhurried, poignant tale of a woman's coming of age, Ellen must face the truth about the man she married and the one she dreams of, about her past mistakes and what she'll do with her future, and about how much of her old life she's willing to sacrifice to make room for her new one. SENSUAL (Jun., 384 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Anne Black