Very different Beauty and the Beast retelling
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌎🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤
The setting: England manor house in the country. Each year during the winter the roads become impassible so nobody can get in from the city or go back to the city after snows start to fall.
The Hero: Brandon – He is is a wealthy landowner with a title (Baron). His wife died very recently during childbirth and his daughter rose cries all the time and won’t take a bottle. He is afraid she will starve to death, and the crying is driving him and his servants crazy.
The heroine: Pippa – Hired to be the nanny, she has to prove her worth in the next few days because the roads will soon close and it will be too late for her to get back to London and too late for Brandon to hire someone that might work out. However, Pippa is running from the city and is desperate for this job to work out.
The love story: This was a short book (under 125 pages) but I felt like the romance just wasn’t really there enough. Brandon just lost his wife and Pippa just lost her husband and baby, so they are each dealing with those situations. Even if those prior relationships were not perfect, they are still dealing with loss.
A lot happened in this book and there was a ton of mystery and intrigue. We don’t find out exactly what happened in each of their pasts till pretty late in the book and even at that point I had questions that were never really answered. Mostly relating to Pippa, though I believe this was a stand-alone so the end of the book is the end. I just thought this book ended too quickly and didn’t really address all the issues, there was never a point where they just told each other their pasts.
Brandon and Pippa were certainly attracted to each other. Pippa was feeding his daughter like a wet nurse, since she lost her baby and he would get turned on by her breasts. Pippa thought Brandon was out of her league and very handsome, but then a bunch of craziness happened and they were together. I just thought there could be more story development in there.
I did like the retelling part. The way they had him as the beast and the man. Brandon thinks of himself as a beast when his baser nature takes over, and for that he blames his childhood. I liked the change at the end though I won’t say what that was. The book was most definitely dark and even twisted, but I just didn’t see the romance enough. The story kept me interested throughout so I am giving this an overall rating of 3.25 stars.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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