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Beauty Like The Night (Rutledge Family, Bk 1)
Beauty Like The Night - Rutledge Family, Bk 1 Author:Liz Carlyle Beauty is like the night, fleeting and hard to hold, a truth the forbidding Lord Treyhern is about to discover. Let the opulence immerse you in the beauty of England while plunging you into the midst of the outrageous Rutledge family, where scandal is served up like a soup course and dangerous secrets are everywhere. — The daughter of Londo... more »n's wickedest widow, Helene de Severs has struggled to overcome her heritage. Renowned within Europe's emerging psychiatric field, Helene has a gift for healing children. When fate sends her back to England, the country she left in disgrace, Helene is confident she has learned to govern her own reckless emotions.
Ruthlessly, Treyhern has dragged his notorious family from the brink of ruin. But a disastrous marriage has left him with a traumatized child, and his rebellious brother is just one step ahead of the bailiffs. When his dissolute father drops dead while debauching the governess, Treyhern's infamous temper is truly tested.
But the forceful earl means to straighten everyone out -- as soon as he has hired a reputable governess. Yet the moment she steps from his carriage, Treyhern's cold reserve is melted by a rush of desire he had long thought dead. With her elegant clothing and mountain of luggage, the woman is not who he expected. Or is she? Sometimes the workings of the mind are as dangerous as those of the heart. And soon, danger is truly everywhere....« less
Another terrific book from Liz Carlyle who is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
In Beauty Like the Night, we are introduced to Camden Rutledge, a widowed Earl recently come to title with a little girl who is either unable or unwilling to speak. Enter Helene de Severs, a governess also trained in the treatment of mental disorders. She's also Cam's first love who left the area and broke Cam's heart when they were teens.
The two have combustible chemistry and seesaw back and forth with each other through most of the book. A bit of a mystery regarding the child's inability to speak ties the story together.
There's sensuality interspersed throughout and Carlyle draws Bently, Cam's younger brother, as an equally interesting character who will eventually have his own book.
Cam and Helene come together again after years of separation in order to help his daughter regain her speech. There is the mystery of his first wife's death and the attraction between them which keeps the story moving along. It is a little too long, but reads well and has a satisfying ending.
Really good story, didn't want to put it down. Tormented brothers and young woman misunderstood. The miscommunication and all the emotional baggage that creates the angst to keep reading so they get on with falling in love. Good read.