THE WIDOW'S SECRET
Young widow Lady Leah Brant hides her near-blindness from the cruel caste system, fearing shell be ostracized by the town. But there is more that she shields.
When impoverished Neil Drummond meets her, he is besotted by her beauty, independence and wealth. But when Leah keeps meeting with accidents that look like foul play, Neil realizes hes in love.
Ms. Eakes weaves a wonderful Gothic tale of intrigue and mystery and her characters are lovable in spite of their human needs and failings. THE WIDOWS SECRET is fast-paced and a delight, and although some readers will find the plot predictable, the writers lovely style of prose will not be lost on them. SENSUAL (www.awe-struck.net, 288 pp. $5.00)