An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
I completely enjoyed this book. Annabel is the neglected daughter of a merchant. To pay off debts, she enters into indentured servitude to the ruler of the land. He (just like the beast in beauty and the beast) has both physical and mental scars to deal with. Annabel gets to know him and the more she does, the more she likes him.
I like that the author chose to retell a fairy tale in a realistic setting. Annabel was a good character, almost to the point of too perfect. This is absolutely a Christian fiction book and would be great for young adults. Ranulf was a good character for 'Beast' and I found myself liking him a lot more than I'd thought I would in the beginning. I was also happy the author didn't just follow the basic storyline but added her own twists to the book to make it uniquely hers.
I rate this a 4/5. It was a very good retelling of an old classic with some twists!
Thank you to Zondervan for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.