Sometimes fate decrees that two people, no matter how long it takes, belong together. Dora Beaumont, born in England and raised in Kentucky by her adopted Quaker parents, is tied by an invisible bond to Payson Nicholls, younger son of a wealthy planter.

Pace, champion of the underdog, has demons that must be laid to rest. As a young lad his father tried to beat the rebelliousness out of his "no account" son. The bitterness and anger stay with Pace as he grows to manhood and finds his calling as a lawyer. His plans to run for the legislature go awry and he joins the Union army.

As the war rages on, Dora can only pray that he survives. Her worst nightmare comes to pass when Pace is seriously wounded; for what would her life be without him?

The bond between them grows until the day Dora's past surfaces and, with a noble gesture, Pace plans to give her back her birthright. The question is, does his wayward angel want it back?

WAYWARD ANGEL, the story of two victims of abuse, is written with compassion and sensitivity from a superb storyteller. Patricia Rice's talents reach new heights in this deeply emotional romance that touches on sensitive issues. WAYWARD ANGEL will touch your heart and bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your lips. SENSUAL (Feb., 377 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond