Orphaned at age 12, Valerian Bright left Yorkshire to live with her Aunt Theresa in the coastal village of Greyfriars. Gifted in the healing arts, Valerian grows up under the loving tutelage of her aunt, wise in the ways of the white witch, and knowing she will live out her days alone with her mischievous raven, Oscar.

Involved in a wicked scandal that rocks London society, Nathaniel Warrington, the new Baron of Ravenall, is exiled to Raven Hall. The two are inexplicably drawn to one another. Valerian brings out the best in Nathaniel, teaching him whats valuable in life, though his feelings for her are mixed and troubling. Valerian fights valiantly to hold on to her heart, torn by her love for Nathaniel and the painful knowledge that nothing can come of their relationship as they come from two different worlds.

When ignorance and fear overtake the village, Valerians life is threatened by the very people she spent her life caring for. Shrouded with doubts stemming from his past, Nathaniel must search deep within his soul to find the answers to set them free.

BEWITCHING THE BARON is an engaging tale of loves power of redemption. With complex and colorful characters, lush detail and a compelling story, Ms. Cach weaves a story rich in humanity and emotional intensity. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Beth MacGregor