Small has earned her reputation as one of Love's Leading Ladies because she makes history come to life by placing her characters right in the middle of fascinating historical events. Now her larger-than-life lovers mingle with Henry VIII's court at a time when Queen Katherine of Aragon's star is beginning to fade.

Rosamund Meredith's daughter, Philippa, is a lady-in-waiting to the queen when her betrothed calls off their marriage. Her mother calls upon her uncle, Sir Thomas Bolton, to find a suitable groom for Philippa. He does in Sir Crispin St. Clair, the Earl of Witton.

Crispin is a sophisticated statesman who is delighted with the outspoken, youthful Philippa. He woos her with caresses and kisses until she melts and falls in love with him, gladly becoming his wife. And as the newlyweds attend celebrations for the meeting between the kings of England and France, they become immersed in foiling plans for an attempted assassination.

With her keen knowledge of history and the ability to craft a vividly colored backdrop, Small evokes the era and brings her characters to life. This is everything her fans could ever want. SENSUAL (Oct., 384 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin