In the Veiled Seduction series so far, Snow has introduced readers to unique heroines — a chemist and a mathematician — and now you’ll become involved with a woman who uses art to help the mentally ill. In this emotional, compassionate romance, the portrait of asylums and the treatment of manic bouts are handled well, and Snow carefully crafts her characters and plot. Perhaps the cure comes too easily, but most won’t notice since the powerful love story will sweep readers away.
Since returning from the war, Gabriel Devereaux’s uncontrolled episodes of rage have increased until he fears he has inherited the family’s “madness.” Believing he is unfit for the world, he commits himself to a private asylum. After her husband’s tragic suicide, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has found purpose in studying and working with emotionally battle-scarred soldiers. Gabriel’s family seeks her out before having him declared incompetent. Penelope refuses to rest until she helps him. By building trust through conversations, long walks and painting, Gabriel becomes calm, experiencing fewer bouts of mania. Still, he strives to drive Penelope away, for fear the episodes will return. But Penelope is falling in love and will do whatever she must to prove to Gabriel that he is not mad. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Apr., 380 pp., $7.99)