A promise made is a promise kept, but Philip Crown, Earl of Ashford, is sorry he offered to find Brighid Cassidy, an Indian captive. For the past five years the Irish lass with a tongue as sharp as a knife has been known as Night Fire and is more Indian than white.

Phillip finds himself escorting Brighid along with her half-breed son and Indian mother-in-law to Pleasant Hill and into the welcoming arms of her cousin Brynna Cassidy Crown.

Phillip realizes that if he so much as touches Brighid, his Uncle Dominick will have his guts for garters, for they can have no future. He is heir to the Marquess of Playden and she would be as out of place in England as she is in the Colonies.

But Brighid comes to him willingly and, as the Indian Chief Lokwelend claims, their destinies are entwined, for Phillip is the man that haunts her dreams. But there is another in her dreams, one who preaches godliness yet is intent on murder.

Ms. Michaels writes with humor and poignancy in this spinoff of Homecoming as she tells the love story of a courageous young woman's fight to uphold a promise made and a young man's quest to put his demons at rest. Another keeper from this heartwarming author. SENSUAL (Nov., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond