In this third
book of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series, we meet Sir
Alistair Munroe, a naturalist who was scarred and tortured
in the Spinner’s Falls massacre. Hiding in his castle where
no one can see him and he can focus on his books, Alistair
is not happy to have his peace shattered by an erstwhile
“housekeeper” and her two children.
Fitzwilliam has no where else to go. A friend suggested she
run to Alistair and become his housekeeper, since no one
would ever think to find her there. But being a former
mistress doesn’t do much to teach you about cleaning dirty
old castles. And the scarred man who lives there doesn’t do
much to inspire comfort in her or her kids.
But as they get
to know each other, they all realize that surfaces are not
all there is to life and love.
I was very
excited to read To Beguile a Beast,and while I enjoyed the previous book in the series (To
Seduce a Sinner) more, this was still an excellent
story. Alistair is scarred, but not so badly as to
undesirable, both physically and emotionally. Helen is a
sympathetic character, with her desire for a life not under
the thumb of another and her love for her children. If you
enjoyed the previous books in the series, you will enjoy
this one, too.