Continuing her novels about the U.S. Army in the West, Lovelace rec-ounts the story of an army sergeant and Native-American woman as they journey across the uncharted territory of the Louisiana Purchase.

Assigned to map the newly acquired lands along the Arkansas River in Osage territory, rifle sergeant Daniel Morgan and his group face many hardships.

When her husband is killed, Louise Therese Chartier accepts Daniel's promise to escort her to New Orleans. She knows that neither the Osage nor the soldiers trust her, since legend tells of a blue-eyed princess who will bring ill fortune to those she meets. But Louise trusts Daniel, and though others try to drive them apart, Daniel keeps his vow to protect her, whether in the wilderness or the social whirl of the city.

This is a fascinating exploration of early American history. Like Anna Lee Waldo's Sacajawea, this beautifully rendered, well-researched romance presents a unique portrait of the era within a tender love story. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin