Ancient riddles, a long-lost treasure, and an old feud have lured members of two families to their doom. Now Rand Hamilton is out to find the legendary fortune to save his Charleston plantation.

Against his better judgment, Rand agrees to bring English heiress Claire Bancroft, his benefactors goddaughter, along on a South Seas expedition. But she will lead him into both danger and passion.

Though blind, Claire manages quite well, even fooling Rand into escorting her to find her brother somewhere in the Pacific. Claire hopes that returning to the islands will unlock the meaning of an old rhyme her mother taught her and reveal the truth of a 200-year-old mystery.

Rand and Claire must learn to trust one another or lose everything. But they dont expect the powerful desire that brings them together and threatens their lives.

Excitement mounts as the last survivors of an ancient curse come together to solve the puzzle that has haunted them.

An author who knows just how to combine tension and romance, Ms. Goodman pulls out all the stops with a lush read and a thrilling mystery. She sets the stage for her next book as well, making fans eager for Rands sisters story. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin