THE SECRET LOVER
Eight years ago, Sophie Dane fled London, and marriage to a ruthless husband, to travel the world as companion to her friend Honorine. Though she received a parliamentary divorce, Sophie knows the ton will never forgive her transgression, as she prepares to come home to society's censure.
Though her return feeds the gossip mill, she attracts the attention of sought-after bachelor Trevor Hamilton. But it is Trevor's illegitimate son, the handsome, sensual, teasing Caleb, who makes her heart pound.
Caleb has come from France to be near his father, who has suffered a stroke. Honorine is nursing Lord Hamilton and as Sophie and Caleb get closer, the foursome are pulled into a series of events that has them all facing the past.
Within the confines of a passionate romance, Ms. London infuses mainstream themes such as parental abuse, familial ties, friendship, and the power of love. She does this with skill and compassion, winning this reader's respect and admiration. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $6.99)