Widow Rachel Irons worries that she will lose the farm that has been in her mother's family for generations.

When she finds a wounded escaped Rebel prisoner in her crab traps, she brings him home. Although she should not be aiding the enemy, she is a healer and has no other choice.

As Chance Chancellor is pulled from the water, he can't understand why Hell is so cold, until he opens his eyes and sees an angel, a pregnant one at that.

Rachel makes a bargain with Chance; she will hide him if he plants her crops. Together Rachel and Chance find a balance of trust and respect, although desire burns in each of them.

Chance's plans to escape are thwarted when Rachel goes into labor. Chance itches to leave, but his itch for Rachel is stronger. The two become lovers and find a passion neither thought possible. Yet Chance needs to free the friend he left behind in prison, leading them into grave danger.

Ms. French crafts a story of opposites, lovers who know that compromise is the key to happiness and friendships are the glue that hold people together. This is a romance with plenty of action, wonderful characters and a love story that endures social differences. SENSUAL (Oct., 358 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner