After one reprimand too many, the lively, outspoken Miss Samantha Pendergast finds herself banished from the Distinguished School for Governesses in London to a post in the country where, as a city girl, she fears the hills are alive with wild animals.

Sent to the mountainous Lake District to teach Colonel William Gregory's six rambunctious daughters, Samantha deals with her charges with wit and cleverness, but it is their father who confuses her. He may be a wealthy martinet above her station, but his dark and dangerous good looks enchant her.

Colonel William Gregory has more to concern himself with than his daughters' new unconventional governess. He strongly suspects that an elderly couple are spy masters and is intent upon exposing them. But with Samantha upsetting his well-ordered household, his plans—and his heart—go awry.

I almost burst into song while reading Ms. Dodd's special take on the classic film, "The Sound of Music." Her utterly delightful characters and sharp repartee, along with a hint of suspense, had me smiling the entire time I was reading. SENSUAL (Sep., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin