Gwendolyn Townsend returns to England from America at the behest of her father's solicitor to learn that she has inherited a moderate income and will no longer have to work as a governess. But there is a catch: Gwen must wed the Earl of Pennington or lose everything. In addition she has an obligation to her sister's three orphaned little girls.

As Gwen finds out about her mixed blessings, the Earl of Pennington, Marcus Hocroft, finds out that he will lose his inheritance if he does not marry Gwen. What a conundrum!

Marcus sets out to find Gwen and convince her to marry him. Though opposed to the idea, Gwen capitulates, as she must find a way to care for the girls. But they soon discover this will definitely not be a marriage of convenience. While passion flares, trust is much more difficult to find.

The richly crafted characters with their many nuances and foibles will pull at your heartstrings. There is humor, insight, friendship and the joy of watching love bloom between two people who would never have found one another in this great read. SENSUAL (Apr., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner