It is the eve of the Battle of Waterloo and three soldiers ask a renowned British playwright to pen letters, playing Cupid, to the women in their lives. Like Cyrano De Bergerac, Quinlin DeLacy writes letters to win and woo the hearts of his friends' lady loves, he just doesn't know how his letters will change everyone's lives.
After receiving the beautiful letter from her husband, Rafe Heallford, Della refuses to believe he has died. Instead she vows to search until she finds him; even if it means a wild goose chase to a secluded Italian villa owned by a mysterious, battle-scarred Englishman.
When the letter Quinlin pens to one sister ends up in the hands of another sister mayhem is sure to ensue. Clarice and Clarette have taken the season by storm, but only one can have Jamie Hockaday and it's not the one he thinks he loves!
Kathleen Geraldine, a writer's daughter, receives a letter from her lover, Errol Pettigrew, before his death in battle. Pregnant and with few choices, Kathleen travels to London with her father's last manuscript and finds herself face to face with her idol, Quinlan. Little does either suspect that they will be bound together when she begins rewriting his plays.
Laura Parker writes with real style when she tackles a multi-dimensional story filled with a large and very special cast of characters. Few authors can handle this task with such aplomb. Readers will find TEMPEST to be a delightful read reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel blended with Shakespearian comedy. A charming, engaging novel by a consummate writer. SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $5.99)