James Roth-Meyer turned his back on his Jewish heritage to serve his country as a British officer and spy. Betrayed to the French by an Austrian countess, James survived torture to return home. However, he is haunted by his sufferings and returns a mere shadow of the man he once was.

Eloise Bernal has agreed to an arranged marriage to James—for her own reasons. Still, she is surprised by her husband's seeming indifference to life. Slowly she comes to understand both the man he was and the man he is. And when James must return and face the countess, Eloise will be there with him.

Nita Abrams paints a portrait of the Regency era that is at once familiar and unique. Her characters have been on the inside as spies, yet on the outside of British society. This intriguing glimpse of England from another view fascinates me, as do her magnetic characters, their intense emotions and the exciting historical events that are part of their lives. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin