Spinster Emma Whitefield leaves England in search of adventure and her inheritance, a jungle plantation in Central India. Her search in Calcutta proves fruitless, until she meets the exotic and handsome Alexander Kingston, who owns a plantation near hers. Emma appeals to Alexander for help, but he refuses.
Determined, Emma manipulates events until Alexander is forced to hire her as his children's nanny...or so she thinks. In actuality, Emma is a threat to Alexander and his children, for her inheritance sits right smack in the middle of his land. He tries to steer her in the wrong direction, but Emma stirs up too many questions. Alexander decides to take her with him into the jungle and get rid of her claim either through sabotage or seduction, but she challenges, exasperates and charms him during their trip.
Though a great cultural chasm separates them, love and passion soon bridge the gap, until Emma stumbles upon her true inheritance and recognizes the extent of Alexander's deceit. She abandons him and stakes her legal claim to his land thereby making Alexander vulnerable to his greedy enemies.
In her usual rich, unique style, Ms. Kincaid has written a powerful, sensual romance about forbidden love and its triumph in the face of bigotry and prejudice. A wonderful journey and an excellent learning experience. SENSUAL (Nov., 416 pp., $4.99)