Haunted by his wife's tragic death during the Indian Wars, Dr. Blue Calhoun throws himself into his work as a physician by day and wanders dark alleys helping those in need at night.

One evening, he rescues a wounded lad in a shoot-out between the police and opium traders, and soon discovers, to his shock and confusion, that the boy is a woman in disguise.

Isabel Fish-Wooton has been on the run most of her life. She considers herself a lady adventurer and far too independent to fall in love. But she becomes fascinated by Blue and his rebellious son, Lucas. The beguiling pair might provide Isabel the anchor she needs to begin a new life.

Wiggs' insight into her characters fully engages readers. More than her wonderful plots and vivid historical details, it is her understanding of human nature that brings readers back time and again. This is Wiggs' magic touch at work; let yourself be enveloped by it. SENSUAL (Aug., 410 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin