Treyhern Rutledge has tried to overcome his father's reputation as a notorious rake and bring his family financial security. His wife's death has left his daughter mute and traumatized.

He is shocked to learn that the governess he hired is his childhood companion, Helene, who fled his home after their adolescent indiscretion. Neither has ever forgotten that first sweet love. But Helene must put all the old feelings aside if she is to help Treyhern's daughter.

Thrown together by circumstance and Treyhern's rambunctious brother and sister, there is no way they can deny their feelings. But danger lurks nearby and as Helene struggles to heal a child's shattered mind and a man's heart, she places her life in danger.

Well-crafted, beautifully written in the style of a Victorian novel, brimming over with many subtle touches of simmering sensuality and an underlying emotional power, BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT is enthralling. Liz Carlyle captures the essence of the era and the passion of lost love found. SENSUAL (Nov., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin