Eager to impress Celeste March, the young lady he woos through letters, Gabriel Fairchild joins the British Navy. He returns home sightless and embittered.

Samantha Wickersham is hired by his family to help Gabriel cope with his blindness. With her sharp retorts, intelligence and determination, she begins to bring about a change in Gabriel. Suddenly he wants to live, yearning to uncover the woman beneath the prim exterior.

Samantha, meanwhile, has a secret of her own. She is not the old crone Gabriel believes her to be, and she is not immune to the handsome, scarred man.

Medeiros knows how to get into your heart by exposing her characters' longings and powerful emotions. As always, she blends poignancy, wit and the healing power of love into a memorable story to treasure. SENSUAL (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin