Arrogant youth Anthony, the Earl of Wynwood, becomes protector of the famous singer Viviana Alessandri. Their affair raises eyebrows, especially when his jealousy causes him to rebuff her marriage proposal because he can't admit his love for her. Viviana returns to Italy and marries a wealthy count.

After 10 long years, Anthony is ready to announce his betrothal when Viviana, now a wealthy widow traveling with her two children, re-enters his life.

The beauty of Carlyle's novel lies in its depth of emotion as these star-crossed lovers find the means to reclaim their lost love. More than that, they discover the trust, devotion and tenderness that was missing the first time. Carlyle portrays a mature love that is far more powerful than youthful passion in this extraordinary read. SENSUAL (Jan., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin