THE VALENTINE LEGACY
When James Wyndham loses a horse race to Jessie Warfield, he is incensed. How can a mere slip of a girl beat him?
More comfortable around horses than men, Jessie discovers that constantly meeting James around the stables makes her keenly aware that she is indeed a woman with a woman's dreams and desires. When fate lands her injured and in his home, she falls madly in love.
When Jessie overhears her mother plotting to find a way to have James "compromise" her sister, Glenda, she takes matters into her own hands and "compromises" herself. But instead of marrying James, she flees to London where she is taken under the protective wing of the Wyndham duchess.
When James arrives, his family badgers him into marrying Jessie. They are already blissfully in love, until an old nightmare of Jessie's returns. Fate sends them to the Outer Banks where Blackbeard's old diaries and the legend of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island ensnare them in a treasure hunt that ends with surprising revelations.
Fans of the charming Wyndham family will truly enjoy the opportunity to spend time with old friends, their trusted family servants and now their children. Sprightly and just plain fun, readers will take pleasure in this highly enjoyable romance. SENSUAL (Sept., 400 pp., $22.95)