Shay Devereaux survives imprisonment in infamous Elmira prison with brutal emotional and physical scars that make him feel unfit to return home. After four lonely years wandering, he arrives at Pennington Plantation to keep an unspoken promise he made to a dying friend.

Shay doesnt fully reveal his identity, but his connection with her husband,and Jennys loneliness makes her decide to allow Shay to remain and help. Their immediate mutual attraction, as well as sharing the joys and pains of ordinary daily life, bring Shay and Jenny closer to intimacy, and the healing of love begins for them both.

The secondary characters, especially Jennys freed slaves Noah and Isabelle, and their grown sons, add appeal to this romance about the post-war victories of families formed for survival but healed by new love and the active choice to trust. SENSUAL (Apr., 320 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger