Though she has been raised by her stepmother and two selfish step sisters, Isabelle Montgomery is content with her life because she is helped by her imaginary friend, Giselle. Though she can hear and see the kind old woman, no one else can.

When Isabelle's brother Miles goes to battle he charges his closest companion, John St. Germaine, to be her guardian. Cynical John is in for a surprise when he meets the innocent, generous Isabelle and her invisible friend. He is struck by her good nature in the face of her family's greed and plans to give Isabelle everything she might desire. Yet as time goes by all she desires is him.

With a little magic and a lot of love, trust and faith, Isabelle finds that a prince does not always wear a crown and that true love can conquer every obstacle.

Combining a touch of the paranormal with a classic Cinderella tale Patricia Grasso has crafted another winner. VIOLETS IN THE SNOW will make your heart tingle. Delight in this refreshing tale. SENSUAL (Jan., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin