THE SCENT OF LILACS
Lexy Tate knows Jake Westfield was in love with her sister Megan before she married, but as medical students together, Jake and Lexy have a bond.
When one of Jake's parents dies, Lexy turns to intimacy, and is hopeful until Jake calls out Megan's name. Hope dies and Lexy refuses to let Jake explain. Certain that he's destined for an early death, like all the men in his family, Jake thinks that Lexy is better off without him.
Now Jake and Lexy have met again in California. Jake is the fort doctor and Lexy has arrived to help her sister and her husband with the birth of their first child.
Lexy has other motives, to find a healthy climate for her daughter and to escape the scandal of unwed motherhood. Jake, who believed that Lexy married, finds that she is single and the mother of his child. Life has given him another chance, but is he brave enough to take it?
Ms. Bonander's characters carry some very modern views in sharp contrast to the era, but their love story is timeless. VERY SENSUAL (Apr., 306 pp., $5.99)