Patricia Oliver deliciously unfurls the scandalous secrets (4.5) of a beautiful heiress and a starchy colonel who take passage for England from Portugal on the same boat. At first very wary of each other, each gradually comes to appreciate the other, especially when a misunderstanding strands her at his family estate. But two figures from her previous life threaten to destroy the happiness and peace of mind she has attained unless the colonel can stop them. A superstar whose intricate characterization and fresh plotting are justly famed, Ms. Oliver delivers another love story of searing intensity for our reading pleasure.

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer