Balogh reintroduces Anne Jewel (from 2005's Simply Unforgettable) in a mature love story that's stunning in its simplicity of plot, but complex in character and depth of emotion. This is an "original" that only an author as talented and knowledgeable of the era and human nature as Balogh could create. Gather your hankies and settle in for an unforgettable reading experience.

Unwed mother and teacher Anne and her son, David, are invited by Joshua Moore to the Bewcastle's Welsh seaside estate for a summer holiday. The day she arrives, Anne spies a lone male figure who initially strikes her as handsome, until he turns and she sees his scarred face.

Sydham Butler, the manor's steward, has been a recluse since he returned severely wounded from the Peninsula Wars. In Anne he senses a kindred spirit, as wounded and scarred as he. This common bond draws them into friendship and then into an afternoon of unforgettable passion. Now Sydham must convince Anne that love is neither simple nor difficult but what they both crave and deserve. (Delacorte, Aug., 320 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin