When the family business collapses, Beauty and her two sisters are forced to leave the city and begin a new life in the countryside. However, when their father accepts hospitality from the elusive and magical Beast, he is forced to make a terrible promise – to send one daughter to the Beast’s castle, with no guarantee that she will be seen again. Beauty accepts the challenge, and there begins an extraordinary story of magic and love that overcomes all boundaries. This is another spellbinding and emotional tale embroidered around a fairytale from Robin McKinley, an award-winning American author.
This book was first published in 1978, so I cannot believe that I’d never heard of it before this year! It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I loved it nonetheless. I thought it was going to be a twist on the old classic tale, but it turned out to be just a lovely version of the well-known story. I particularly liked the way the enchantments of the castle were described. I loved how the library contained books that hadn’t been written yet, and the little nod to Sherlock Holmes.
My one complaint about the book was that the ending seemed very abrupt. The last few pages had a LOT packed into them, and I would have loved to see them be expanded a bit and not be so rushed. However, I still much enjoyed the book!
Would I recommend this to a fellow book lover? Yes.
Would I recommend this to my daughters? Yes. Already have, in fact.
5 of 5 stars.