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An accurate retelling with appealing detail.,
This review is from: Beauty (Paperback)
Beauty is, very simply, a well-written retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It sticks closely to the traditional fairytale, building in just a few subtle nods to the Disney version, but builds the world it exists in in a beleivable manner, giving the story more emotional depth than most briefer tellings.
Beauty is the youngest daughter of a kindly merchant who falls on hard times when all his ships are lost to a storm. Her eldest sister's fiance was captain of one of those ships and the combination of personal tragedy and financial disaster leave the family in a touchingly portrayed state of despair until the middle sister's suitor - a humble blacksmith - offers to give them all a home out in the country. The house they move to has a bad repute as it is close to the forest which is said to be haunted and when Beauty's father returns from the forest with a fantastical tale and a terrible ultimatum Beauty finds herself thrust into a world of enchantments.
The book is at its heart a love story embelished with lovable characters and detailed descriptions. There is no real villain but at no point does the plot demand one and the loss is not felt by the overall narrative. Beauty is a most enjoyable read and highly recommmended.