Massachusetts shipping magnate Alexandra Ward arrives in England for a business meeting with Lord Sebastian Thorpe. Alexandra is so intent upon meeting Lord Thorpe that she blackmails his agent into introducing them.

Sebastian is intrigued by the bold American and invites her to a ball, whereupon the Countess of Exmoor collapses from shock. Alexandras uncanny resemblance to her deceased daughter-in-law is astonishing. The countess was led to believe that her son and his family perished in the French Terror of 1789, but now she is not so sure.

As other incidents point to the fact that Alexandra could be the countess granddaughter, she begins to question her identity, especially when she becomes the victim of an unknown assailant.

As the events of the past come into sharp focus and merge with the present, Alexandra realizes her life is in danger, but her heart is already lost to Sebastian.

Candace Camp is a consummate storyteller and this Anastasia-esque Regency-set romantic mystery is another example of her superb talent. Her lively dialogue, memorable characters and sizzling relationship will have readers looking forward to the next book in this new trilogy from a beloved author. SENSUAL (Mar., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin