It was time Sir Nicholas Spencer changed his life and finding a wife is the place to start. Traveling to Ireland to court the English magistrate's daughter, Claire, he ends up meeting the notorious rebel known as Egan—who is actually Claire's sister, Jane.

After the young Irishman she loved was hanged, Jane became the leader of a band of secret revolutionaries. When Nicholas unmasks Egan during a skirmish, he unleashes feelings within himself and Jane that neither expects.

Though Jane fears he will reveal her identity, Nicholas keeps her secret. Soon Nicholas finds himself caught between love and duty, passion and rebellion.

Though the historical backdrop is well done, the depth of character motivation and introspection makes THE REBEL slower in pace and less adventurous then Ms. McGoldrick's past novels. The characters, though well drawn and clearly well motivated, never stirred me to become emotionally involved with them—an atypical experience when reading this talented writer. SENSUAL (Jul., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin