Sonnet, Nov 2000, 6.50, 419 pp.
Viscount Treyhorn, Grayson Rutledge, knows it will take a lifetime or more to overcome his now deceased father's wicked ways. Even in death, Grayson's sire managed to cause a scandal after being found with the governess. Still, Grayson's biggest concern is the well being of his six-year old daughter, Ariane, suffering from the trauma of her mother's death. She is now unable to speak. To that end, he has hired Helene de Severs, who has had great success helping children heal through her expertise in psychiatrics.
When Helene arrives at Grayson's estate, he is shocked to realize she is Helene Middleton, his first and perhaps only true love. As Grayson and Helene work closely trying to reach Ariane, their once youthful feelings blossoms into a deep and enduring adult love for one another. However, not only does their love jeopardize their attempts to assist Ariane, someone dangerous lurks in the shadows willing to insure that nothing come of this budding relationship.
BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT is an enchanting Victorian romance that will enrapture fans of the sub-genre. The story line provides readers with insight into the nineteenth century, notably the rise of the new sciences such as psychiatrics. Grayson is a heroic person struggling to do what is best for his family, especially his beloved child, even as he falls in love. Helene is an intrepid person confronting her love for Grayson vs. Ariane's needs. Although the subplot of external danger is not needed to further this strong historical romance, the audience will recognize that Liz Carlyle has written a stimulating story worth reading.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner