When artist Annabelle Lawson meets Magnus Wallis on a train, she sees him as the perfect subject for a painting and, during the weeks that follow that fateful meeting, he becomes her model and her lover. Then she discovers the truth: Magnus is the cousin of her loathsome benefactor.

Annabelle is devastated by his betrayal and, after he leaves for America, she never dreams of love again. But then Magnus returns to open an art gallery and requests permission to show Annabelle's portrait of him, risking everything to win Annabelle's trust and love.

MacLean reaches far inside her characters to pull out all the stops in this deeply touching, unforgettable love story. Known for her ability to balance humor, passion and emotional intensity, MacLean crafts stories that are romantic and thought-provoking. She is an author whose time has come. SENSUAL (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin