When Irish healer Shivahn Armagh goes to the prison to care for a man ready for hanging, she meets a stranger who seems like a man she has known all her life. Tortured by his ruthless captor, Englishman Kris Montague maintains he is not the notorious Irish savior, the Griffin, yet he will not divulge any more. To be hung as an example, he is prepared to die until Shivahn walks into his cell. Her healing hands work their magic on his body and his soul.

Determined for the courageous hero to live, Shivahn helps him escape. She learns that while some call him champion, others call him an English dog. She vows to uncover the truth about the man she fell in love with at first sight.

Carrying more than the scars on his body, Kris is weary, but his inexplicable love for Shivahn gives him the will to live. Plunged into danger by both the Irish and the English, Shivahn and Kris weather many a storm and battle on land and sea until they are able to rejoice in the magic of love and hope.

This novel is a feast for the heart and mind. Carefully plotted, depicting a violent historic period and yet brimming with love, compassion and a unique spiritual quality, this intense, powerful tale is destined to lift your spirits. Ms. Carter's star shines brighter with each new novel. SENSUAL (May, 352 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin