After her parents die within days of each other, Rachel Sinclair and her two young brothers are asked to leave the wagon train. Rather than staying under the sheriff's supervision, she starts out alone, stopping for shelter at a shanty on Cord McPherson's Kansas ranch.

Startled by his strong, immediate desire for this obviously innocent woman, Cord decides she'd better not live alone. He offers her a job as cook at the main ranch house until spring when she can safely continue the westward journey. Hes honest about the nine men she'll cook for, but not about his own feelings nor the problems shell face with his brother Jake, a bitter, near violent invalid who lost both legs in the War Between the States.

Rachel works through each day without fuss, proving the proverb that doing the common things of life in an uncommon way commands attention for change. She copes honestly with her attraction to Cord while drawing Jake back toward a full life with the sweetheart he had left behind.

Carolyn Davidson writes a tense, involving love story with a background of rich family drama. A beautiful, old-fashioned romance with a charmingly sensuous touch. SENSUAL (Oct., 264 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger