When the naive Lady Alys Delamare leaves l'Eau Clair under the protection of Sir Padrig ap Huw, she believes she's on her way to fulfill her dream of becoming a nun, where she can read and write to her heart's content. But fate has other things in store: One disaster after another leaves Alys with no choice but to grow up and realize what her heart truly wants.

Seriously injured from a rare storm, with their traveling companions in dire need of assistance, Alys, Padrig and his second, Rafe, make it to one of her father's holdings, only to discover it's been stolen by Welshmen. They barely escape and return to the protection of the Lord and Lady of l'Eau Clair, but not before the two become lovers. Once back there, Alys learns that her true destination was not a convent -- she is to be the wife of the hated Lord Walsingham.

This is a well-crafted tale of how a girl became a woman at a time when women had no say over their own lives. Alys will risk everything to be with the man she loves and get her well-deserved happily ever after. SENSUAL (Mar., 304 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Anne Black