Helen Fitzwilliam wants to provide a better life for her children, five year old Jamie and
nine year old Abigail. Fleeing a past they wish to forget, they arrive in Scotland at Castle
Greaves posing to the owner, Sir Alistair Munroe, as the new housekeeper Helen Halifax.
Alistair has been tortured in Spinners Falls. He suffered injuries both physical and mental,
and he hides away from the world in his castle. The scars he wears serve as a constant reminder
of the horrors that he endured. Upon meeting Helen and her children, he is against the idea of
sharing his home with strangers, but knows that the castle is in need of the liveliness Helen
and her children could bring.
As days pass, the close quarters that Alistair and Helen share bring the two of them closer
together. He sees Helen as a bright light that illuminates his dark existence. But the past
can never stay hidden for long, and once unveiled, the future is filled with uncertainty.
To Beguile a Beast is by far the best Beauty and the Beast story I have read in 2009.
This is quite a statement of accomplishment for any book to earn my approval. This tale is so
beautifully written it will literally take your breath away as you fall deeply in love with
these beloved characters. It offers a view of things not only through the heroine's eyes, but
also through her children's, which I found very enlightening. To Beguile a Beast is a
definite keeper on this reviewer’s shelf. Very highly recommended.