While searching through an old trunk, Tucker Coulter finds his great-great-grandmother Rachel Hollister's diary and uncovers a story about the power of love to heal the deepest of wounds.

When her entire family is murdered in an attack, Rachel barricades herself inside her house. For five years, she stays inside. When her only outside contact, her foreman, is shot, Joseph Paxton comes to tell her the news.

A confirmed bachelor, Joseph reluctantly offers to help Rachel until her foreman returns. Suddenly her security is breached and Rachel is unsure of how to react to Joseph.

Joseph tears down the barriers she's placed around her home and her heart. As Rachel opens one window and then another, Joseph sees the beautiful, courageous woman she is. With the help of the entire town, he builds a refuge where Rachel can be safe yet experience the outside world until she's ready to seize the world herself.

Anderson understands the inner workings of the human soul so deeply that she's able to put intense emotion within a stunning romance in such a way that you'll believe in miracles. Add to this her beautiful writing style, memorable characters and a timeless story and you have an unmatched reading adventure. SENSUAL (Jan., 432 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin