||The tale of "Beauty and the Beast" recast as an encounter between Alix, a beautiful young painter, and Lee Crompton, a reclusive and beastly writer of mystery novels who has summoned Alix to his New Hampshire home to have her paint his portrait.
||When Alexandra Miller takes off for a remote spot in New Hampshire to paint Leland Crompton's portrait, nothing has prepared her for what's in store. The house is almost a castle, with its massive chimney, mullioned windows, and iron-work gate with wrought-iron roses. The housekeeper is unnerving. And Lee himself is hideously disfigured by a rare genetic disease. But in their long hours of work together deep in the wintry woods, Alix discovers that beneath Lee's disturbing exterior lies a true prince. Gradually, she realizes that she loves him. And he absolutely refuses to believe her.
|Editors Note 2
||t painted, she discovers the current occupant, Leland Crompton, has agreed to the job under duress. Severely disfigured by acromegaly, Leland lives as a recluse, with a housekeeper as his only companion. When Alexandra's feeling evolve from friendship into love, Leland refuses to believe that such a thing is possible. It is the Beast, not the Beauty, who must find the lovable man beneath his hideous exterior. National ads/media.
|Editors Note 3
||Transposes the story of Beauty and the Beast to a modern key, tracing the developing love between a woman artist and her aristocratic client, a man disfigured by disease, who must search out the lovable man beneath his exterior. Original. 40,000 first printing.
|Editors Note 4
||Traveling to New Hampshire to paint a portrait of novelist Leland Crompton, Alix Miller finds a man hideously deformed by a rare genetic disease, but as she spends hours working on the portrait, she discovers the magnificent man inside the recluse