After five years in a Yankee prison, Luke Gibson heads home to rebuild the family farm with his brother Jack, but the stigma of imprisonment follows him. While waiting to take over as the town's schoolteacher, Cora Lawford helps her friend in the mercantile. As soon as Luke walks into the store she is fascinated by the man with grim, brooding eyes.

Luke doesn't want some nosy female, no matter how beautiful, butting into his life. But he can't get rid of Cora, and soon he doesn't want to. As Luke and Cora forge a relationship, his brother's clandestine activities with a band of ex-Rebels threaten their chance for happiness.

In a story brimming with the flavor of the West after the Civil War, likable characters, an engrossing plot and the perfect touch of poignancy, Pritchard cements her place as a strong voice in Americana romance. SENSUAL (Jan., 368 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin