The latest unconventional romance from the very talented Nancy Butler takes a bold and dashing war heroone whose father insists on perfection in all thingsand catapults him into a situation where he finds himself the champion, savior and ultimately, the lover of a beautiful, tragically scarred young woman confined to a wheelchair. The development of their rapport and love is touched with humor and pathos, and engenders the reconciliation of several strained and unresolved relationships.
PROSPERO'S DAUGHTER is a gem and addresses aspects of the human condition that are seldom explored in the romance genre. While the hardships faced by physically challenged persons are a subject for serious consideration, Butler's deft handling of important scenes and her sympathetic main characters provide a glimpse into their pain, yet never turn the story maudlin. (May, 240 pp., $4.99)