Each day Jeanne du Marchand and Douglas MacRae spend in each other's arms is heaven, and when Jeanne discovers she's pregnant, she's sure her father will let them marry. But she is sent away without a chance to tell Douglas the truth and after a hard birth, she's told her newborn daughter died. Douglas' anger at her betrayal lasts until they meet by chance—now she is a governess and he is a wealthy merchant. Both feel the inexorable pull of their love. Yet how can they find the path to forgiveness, and what happens when Jeanne learns the secret Douglas has kept so close to his heart?

This stunning tale of love lost, filled with profound truths about the depth of passion and a mother's never-ending love for her child, will move you to tears of joy and sorrow. Ranney excels at creating emotional, intelligent romances that are powerful and unforgettable. SENSUAL (Jul., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin