Marianne Willman has the magic touch: that superb ability to craft a Gothic romance that is reminiscent of the classics (a la Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Daphne DuMaurier), yet still fresh.

Tortured by visions she'd rather forget, Grace Templar wants to lead a normal life, hold a respectable position and have a home. It is one of her visions that brings her to the attention of Alistair McLean.

As Master of Rossmor, Alistair has power, but he is plagued by questions concerning his wife's tragic death. When he sees Grace have a "spell" he suspects her talents can help him find the answers he seeks. But it is not just Grace's ability that enthralls Alistair, but Grace herself. Before long he and Grace marry and he brings her home to Rossmor where dark secrets swirl around them.

Every element of the Gothic is here—a mysterious death, a hostile child (Alistair's daughter who has visions of a lady in gray), a large house haunted by tragedy and strange accidents that befall Grace every step of the way. What more can a Gothic reader want? Nothing! Ms. Willman gives it all in a twisting, turning tale worthy of the Brontes! SENSUAL (Aug., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin