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Nelda Hanson, a commercial decorator, takes leave from her job and returns to the farm her grandparents left her.

She tries to put the memory of eight years ago aside, when at age 16 and pregnant, she and 18-year-old Lute Hanson are forced to marry then divorce a few days later. Nelda hasnt seen Lute since, not even when their baby daughter died.

After all these years, nothing prepares her for the sight of Lute. Gone is the slender boy, in his place stands a tall, broad-shouldered, handsome, cold-looking man.

Unable to avoid one another since Lute rents her grandfathers land, they have a long way to go to overcome the misunderstanding that threatens to tear them apart and recapture the love and passion that sizzles between them.

With her inimitable writing style, Ms. Garlock combines a tender, poignant love story with a bit of nostalgia for the rock-and-roll era of the 1950s. SENSUAL (Feb., 386 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond