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Beauty Like the Night (Rutledge Family #1)

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The daughter of London'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 not

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Published May 24th 2005 by Pocket Star Books (first published January 23rd 2000)
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Oct 11, 2008 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency Romance & Liz Carlyle
Beauty Like the Night is a beautifully written love story with the added bonus of a mystery. I believe that most, if not all, of Liz Carlyle's books combine these two elements, and she does a wonderful job with both. I really enjoy romances in which the hero and heroine either begin as friends or develop a friendship before marrying. In my opinion, Ms. Carlyle is masterful at writing these friendships and bringing to the story a sense of warmth and deep intimacy that goes far beyond the physical ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had potentials. Really, I quite liked it in the beginning. I thought the writing rather sophisticated too. But as the story went on, there was no real story, no real conflicts, just 2 people who were kept separated because the writer needed to cough up a story. And it is over 400 pages long. I was wondering just how long we could read about a couple fretting about lost love when they really no longer had any honest reasons to not be together?

I have read that the second book in the seri
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I'd only read a couple of Liz Carlyle books before, namely A Deal with the Devil and My False Heart, which were both absolutely fantastic. I'm amazed I've taken so long to get back to this author. She REALLY is a very good writer. She is like a fine wine, she goes down very smoothly. Her stories are interesting and very enjoyable. I love her writing style and her love scenes are very hot.

I am basically using this review for her three Rutledge family books, Beauty Like the Night, No True Gentlem
Okay but I didn't really care for the she's an authority on governessing difficult children in conjunction with the element in which they are old lovers. So it didn't really get off the ground for me. Also the bad guy was apparent from his first words on stage which takes the suspense out of any of the mystery plot. I might try another of this author to give her a proper try.
This book needed a serious edit.

Granted I'm not the world's most enamoured romance reader, but I do understand the enjoyment of, and possible catharsis in, reading about the anguish of do-I-love-this-person or not. But this book could probably have been cut by a quarter (ok, maybe a fifth) and it would have been a much pacier read. Still keep the angst but lose all of the boring wallowing, and repetition.

Because there was indeed an interesting enough story here, revolving around two people stru
Oct 05, 2013 Frances rated it did not like it
Shelves: dumb
My take, Carlyle took the plot of every book she ever read, put them in a hat, drew out 12 or so, and wrote this book.
Nov 19, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars WOW!

LOVED IT!! This book was a page turner. Ms. Carlyle is truly a gifted writer.
liz carlyle, salah 1 pengarang yg sekarang baru ku gila2i tp gitu baca terjemahan OT ini langsung mlempem semangatku.
tapi yah setidaknya yg ini masih lebih baik dibandingkan dengan tina gerow.

bercerita tteg helene de severs, kembali ke inggris setelah bertahun2 hidup diluar negeri & mempunyai keahlian dengan anak2.
kembali ke inggris helene mendapat pekerjaan membantu putri seorg earl. helene kaget karna ternyata earl tsb adl camden, teman sepermainannya sejak kecil jg cinta pertamanya. jika
Aug 19, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. At first glance you think you are getting a wallpaper historical, but as you get deeper into the book, you realize that it is more complicated than that. Helene and Cam knew each other at children. Their respective parents were lovers for years. So now they are both on the edge of adulthood and emotions and other things start popping out and erupting all over the place. Helene is sent away to Switzerland to complete her education. Twelve years pass. Cam married and his ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Cam rated it liked it
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Jan 23, 2009 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
When Helene de Sevres shows up on the doorstep of Camden Rutledge, a past history unlike any I have ever read is revealed. Helene, daughter of a very "wicked" widow, has worked hard to become an expert in the burgeoning field of child psychiatry -- setting aside her passionate ways for a lifetime of service and education. Camden, son of a licentious lord who dallied extensively with Helene's mother, has dragged his family back from the brink of social and financial ruin. Duty is everything to Ca ...more
Kiki Belle
Mar 20, 2016 Kiki Belle rated it did not like it
First off, Cam is completely without worth. He blames Helene for him wanting her, and blames her for other men wanting her, and blames her for being beautiful, and blames her and blames her and blames her. A couple times he thinks, "Hey, I'm being irrational," but then the language of the narrative basically keeps blaming her. He's also obsessed with not being his father, and being reliable, and being god knows what else, so he comes across as stiff. Other books have done this better, because he ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Mar 07, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it
This story is a little different from most of the historical romances I have read. The main plot of the story is a little girl that has been traumatized to the point that she will not speak. It is common today for there to be counselors and therapists that will help the child to deal with the trauma but that is a fairly new development. During the Regency era there was little understanding of the mind and little patience with those that weren't normal. So we find ourselves with a governess that ...more
Sönïa Dhillion
This was the best historically romance reads I have read it has everything it made me laugh, cry and a child was involved to I wanted to read a book with children involved.



Jan 30, 2014 Corduroy rated it really liked it
Helene de Severs and Cam Treyhern were adolescent sweethearts split up by their parents (who were themselves having an affair). In adulthood, Helene is a specialized type of governess who works with children with various problems, and Cam has (handwave handwave) somehow become an Earl, and is a widower with, handily enough, a daughter with problems. Enter Helene. Enter brooding and misunderstandings.

Pros: Helene is not an idiot. Cam is not an idiot. Both people understand that they are powerful
Dec 27, 2014 Maz rated it did not like it
A book full of untoward advances, sexual harassment of the household staff, and two extremely confused adults who never made an effort to seek each other out, yet now believe they were meant to be together. To top it all off, the hero asks the heroine to be his mistress, because that's all he believes she's worth. I'm sorry, but love is incomplete without respect, and the hero clearly does not respect the heroine.
A very tragic tale of love lost and then found. A happy ending, but one which still leaves a bitter after-taste because of the waste of time and life. The culprit with the most guilt being Pride! Well written, but I tend to like a little more upbeat stories.
Jul 20, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it
Trying to clean my bookshelves by reading series. This is the 1st and I have tracked down the next 3, so one more book off of my shelf! I really enjoyed this. I liked learning hoe "madness" was dealt with during the 1800"s, and that Helene was able to study and use her studies to help children with mental problems. I like when historicals teach me something about the era. The love story is a very nice one, with Cam unable to understand why he can't resist Helene. When you are brought up without ...more
Tory Ferrera
Mar 11, 2015 Tory Ferrera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I re-read this old favorite and was reminded what a superb story-teller Liz Carlyle is. The story is richly detailed with period elements, and yet the characters are timeless. The hero, duty-bound Camden Rutledge, leaps off the page. You can't wait to see him fall hard for the heroine, Helene de Severs, who will teach him to live again. Wonderfully modern themes with Helene as a kind of special teacher who helps Cam's mute daughter regain her voice after a family trauma. So, so compelling. And t ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
May 17, 2014 Patty McKenna Van Hulle rated it really liked it
Beauty Like the Night (Rutledge Family, #1) by Liz Carlyle
Liz Carlyle

Camden Rutledge has always been the most dependable and stable member of his family. His father, Randolph Rutledge, the Earl of Treyhem, is always up for a good time and never worries about money or his family. Cam is the consistent one, who worries about everything. Cam and Helene Middleton grew up together and fell in love, but her mom slept with the Earl and screwed up everything. Cam must married for money and not love, so he leaves his heart with Helene. Cassandra, his wife, mad
Fangirl Musings
Sep 06, 2010 Fangirl Musings rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy extrapolated plots, but great stories nonetheless
Recommended to Fangirl by: Impulse buy
Definitely a good story! Overall, I can’t bring myself to say that I fell in love with the book itself, but reading Beauty Like the Night was not at all a waste of time. I adored the characters, finding myself to truly enjoy Helene’s strength and Cam’s devotion to his daughter, Ariane. The plot was very emotionally charged, focusing on Ariane as being the central force that reunites Cam and Helene. Their story is one of life long love, and was heartwarming to read about.

Strangely, I only have o
Helene de Severs and Camden Rutledge have history, some old yet unfinished history that plays out in this story.
It is as old as the beginning of mankind, girl meets boy, boy falls in lust then love with girl, girl falls in love at the same time, BAM! compromised girl that is sent away to the continent so that boy can marry for money and save his impoverished family.
As I said, it is a story that is as old as time. But the heartbreak and bitterness is as fresh as early morning bread. Helene has se
Sabrina Zee
Oct 14, 2011 Sabrina Zee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nggak nyangka bukunya bagus. Walau terjemahannya kurang enak dibaca, tapi ceritanya bagus.
Bagian awalnya sedikit membosankan karena alurnya keterlaluan lambatnya. Tiga bab itu cerita satu hari. Dari pagi, siang, sore, dan malam diceritain semua.
Jadi, ceritanya tentang cowok dan cewek yang pernah bersahabat di masa lalu. Mereka saling suka tapi dipisahkan sama kedua orang tua masing-masing karena menganggap mereka nggak cocok. Camden yang bangsawan sementara Helene adalah anak "pelacur" Prancis.
Interesting story.
Manisnya cinta pertama bersemi lagi setelah 10 tahun berlalu, dan setelah melalui banyak pengalaman pahit. Flash back kenangan masa remaja Camden dan Helene yang cukup segar menggambarkan keakraban mereka, bukan hanya sebagai kekasih, tapi juga sebagai sahabat terdekat. Buat pembaca scene ini pasti menarik karena mereka berdua sama-sama lucu dan lugu.
Plot ceritanya jadi lebih menegangkan karena dibayangi misteri penyebab membisunya Ariene, anak Cam yang hampir bersamaan dengan
Mar 12, 2012 Ilze rated it it was ok
Shelves: liz-carlyle
The constant introspection and indecision of the main characters finally became too annoying to stand. I was interested in the relationship between the heroine Helene and the mute daughter Ariane, and how Helene worked with Ariane to gain her trust, but every time there was some development in this relationship it was thrust aside by the author for yet more "does he or doesn't he" worrying and indecision by Helene about the hero. The younger brother Bentley is superfluous to the plot, IMHO, and ...more
I probably would have liked this more if I haven't read every other book in the series before this one - since this is the first book in the series, I was pretty much completely spoiled. Still, this is a solid read, a moody Victorian involving Helene, a governess/specialist in mental disorders, who is hired to treat the hero's mute-from-trauma six year old daughter. One wrinkle - Camden, the widowed hero, and Helene, were childhood sweethearts and each other's first loves, before their greedy aw ...more
Aug 09, 2009 Edna rated it really liked it
First off, dang it. I had no idea this book came first before No True Gentleman. Beauty Like the Night centers on the eldest Rutledge, Cam, No True Gentleman (book 2) revolves around Catherine the middle child, and The Devil You Know (book 3) is Bentley's story. So here I'm introduced to a younger Catherine who's husband is still alive and a teenage Bentley.

Liz Carlyle does a wonderful job weaving together romance and mystery. This mystery was not very hard to solve but it wasn't too bad to rea
Dec 28, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
Beauty Like the Night - VG
Carlyle, Liz - 1st of Devil series

The daughter of London'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 h
Mar 09, 2015 Ber rated it liked it
There was something about the relationship between Helene and Cam that made me feel very uncomfortable. It bordered on abusive at times and I kept feeling that Helene would be raped at any moment.

I did find the relationship Cam had with his daughter very sweet. Carlyle portrayed him as the perfect father figure in a believable, heart tugging, tear inducing kind of way. I believe this is the reason why I didn't throw the book at the wall and attempt to murder our "hero".
Helene de Severs may be the only one who can help the Earl of Treyhern. His daughter, who is only six, won't talk and the succession of nannies he's been hiring all treat her like an idiot. He hopes that Helene will be able to help. What he doesn't realize is that this Helene is the same woman who he was friends with so many years before. Their parents were not good people and they were also lovers. Helene and Camden were friends who turned into something more. But Helene was illegitimate and wh ...more
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