After making his fortune in the West, Shaw returns home to convince his Becca to make a life with him.

The Raeburns and MacCades have been feuding for centuries, from Scotland to North Carolina and Missouri, and they have been cursed by their ancestors. Despite the feud, Becca and Shaw enjoyed a friendship until her sister claimed Shaw fathered her baby, and a Raeburn was accused of killing Shaws brother.

Becca decides to go find her sister and get at the truth. However, she soon finds that she has an uninvited traveling companion Shawand unexpected adventures awaiting.

Ms. French has written characters with a sense of family, yet who find their own personal path. This melding of two roads traveled and true love is the emotional center of this moving tale. SENSUAL (Mar., 360 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner