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Posted July 31, 2013
BEAST by Abigail Barnett is a different variation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Johanna was scarred in fire that took the life of her father, brother, and many of their people. When Philipe learns of the fire and her disfigurement, he breaks their engagement. Now when Philipe is on the run from his father, the king, he seeks refugee in Johanna and her remaining brother, Wilhelm’s, home.
I liked this telling. Johanna is the one who is scarred. She holds onto Philipe’s betrayal to protect herself from feeling hope that he or any other man will want her. Philipe must face the fact of what he did to her 15 years earlier. He has to learn that physical beauty is not enough to hold a couple together. He must learn how to love. She fights him all the way. If he can get her to love him again he knows that love with be worth the horrors and fighting of the past. He is also aware that he is unworthy of her love and no matter how many apologies he gives it does not make up for what he did. There was a very fine line that had to be maneuvered so that the story did not lapse into pity parties and deep bitterness. Abigail Barnett did well to keep the story and emotions tightly written so that, as in the fairy tale, love could blossom again. I liked that they were not youthful but going towards middle age and that both had struggles that gave them strengths of character with which they could build a relationship. I also liked how both had to give up their youthful idealism and face reality to build that relationship.
At times the story seemed to be missing scenes. There is an incompleteness as they relive the past. A longer story would have helped with that. I also felt that Johanna went from shrew to lover quicker than her character would have allowed. Again a longer story would have given Ms. Barnett more opportunity to develop the change in her feelings. Philipe’s emotional growth was done better as he struggles with the past, his weakness, and the present.
This is a good telling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST especially if you want something different and unique.
Posted August 7, 2012
Posted July 14, 2012
This novel made my heart putter and, at times, chest tighten with all the emotions that play out in this novel. My heart breaks numerously for Johanna. Disfigured and most of family lost by fire, then to be abandoned her love. The author allows you to follow Johanna with all her anger, love, and strength, but then makes you feel the her pain when people judge her and are cruel to her. I will be honest, after reading Glass Slipper, I thought there would be more steamy scenes, but this one is pretty tame in comparison, so not what I thought, but still a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2012
Beast is a beautiful love story that will take you on an emotional journey. This book is filled with pain from loss and mistakes, sadness, insecurities, happiness and love. Ms. Barnette does a fabulous job conveying each character’s feelings so that you feel it too. Her descriptions of burning, healing and scarred flesh are haunting. There is more to this story too! Lords, knights, a crazy king, and a prince who must save his kingdom, and try to get his girl back. Beast will enthrall you from the beginning, and you will not be able to put it down. Jane Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and MoreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2012
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