Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

by Sarah Price

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In author Sarah Price’s fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family’s sake—but the consequences are more than either bargained for . . .

To most townsfolk, he’s known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she’s heard about Adam Herschberger’s scars and his gruff, solitary ways. Though he sounds like a character from one of Belle’s treasured books, the man is real and, it turns out, just as unreasonable as the rumors claim. When a buggy accident wipes out the last of her daed’s money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. Then he offers Belle a deal—marry him, and her family can keep their home.

Everyone is shocked by Belle’s decision, but she’s determined to be a good fraa, cleaning Adam’s rundown house and tending the overgrown garden. Breaking through her new husband’s icy reserve will be another matter. Belle’s courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community—and to the loving marriage they both deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432845452
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Series: Amish Fairytale Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at

Amy McFadden has narrated over 200 titles in many different genres. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist in literary fiction. A founding member of Dog Story Theater, Amy lives in the Midwest, where she performs on stage, screen, and microphone.

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Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Belle" is a sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast that removes some of the sketchier parts of the fairytale and adds an Amish setting. Belle is one of three daughters to a father who owns a farm but does not really have the capability or interest in working it well. Her father is an inventor, working on a new type of stove. When he goes to sell it, he returns without the horse and buggy, revealing that he is out of money and thus has sold the farm to Adam Herschberger. Adam is a recluse and generally treated poorly by the other folks in the Amish community. He has scars on his face and arms that lead people to call him a beast. Belle has always thought this was unfair. When she realizes her family will have no place to go, she approaches Adam to see if she can strike a bargain. She offers to work as a housekeeper for him in exchange for her family being able to stay on their farm. Adam is not in want of a housekeeper, but rather, he needs a wife to produce an heir. He offers in exchange for her hand in marriage to allow her family to keep the farm, provided it will eventually go to their own male heir. Belle is willing to make the bargain and agrees to marry Adam. However, she is not sure about her decision, not really knowing the man beneath the gruff exterior. As they marry and Belle tries to be a good wife, she must work even harder to learn about the man beneath the exterior. While somewhat slow moving, the romance that buds is slow and nicely paced. Belle takes the time to get to know Adam, and he respects her space. As they slowly get to know each other, Belle realizes he has a huge heart, and she falls in love with the person he is. Overall, I thought it was a great retelling and takes out the feeling of the Stockholm Syndrome that often exists with Beauty and the Beast retellings. I liked both Belle and Adam, and it was a nice (clean) romance that tells of misunderstandings and the value of learning about someone before making judgments. Please note that I received a copy through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great reminder of how to treat others! This love story took the classic Beauty and the Beast and put it in the Amish town of Echo Creek, making me tear up throughout the story. I can't wait to read Ella, the next story in the series.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Belle is Kind of like the mix of Cinderella with the stepmother who watches and favors her daughters over Belle – and Beauty & The Beast – she volunteers to marry the villages man with the scars and not so gentle ways. Why you ask does she do the this ? To save her families farm. How does this save her family's farm you may ask? Well you have to read the book - AnyWho – Belle Marries the beast and she cleans up his disaster of his place and what happens you may ask? Well let me tell you – not – you have to read the book and it is so worth the while to do so. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
What has she gotten herself into was the one thing Belle wondered?Belle knew she would not go back on her word but hoped and prayed God would guide her through this time in her life. Adam is better off alone but when he see something that catches his eye he knows that its only in his dreams. As things start to play he wonders what he has gotten himself into. Can they both survive the mess they just got into or are the better off walking away? Sarah did not disappoint with this book. While I was afraid this story my be to much like the fairy tale that was no the case she took and put her own twist to the story and did not let the reader down at all. I literally held off reading the last chapter in this book for like 20 minutes because I just did not want it to end. I am so excited for more of this fun series and see where Sarah takes us next. I Loved how you could find yourself crying and laughing in the same page and how the book was a good clean read. I loved how you could get your self so loss in the story and whats going to happen next all of a sudden your at the end only wanting it to never end. You seriously can not go wrong with this light hearted retelling of Beauty and the Beast where healing seems a farm away.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A delightful retelling of a classic story “Beauty and the Beast” and the author does it with an Amish twist. Sarah Price helps us understand that people are fallen, and being a member of a religious community, does not guarantee that they all live their faith. Surprises abound as Belle begins her journey to become Adam’s fraa, from her childhood home to her new married abode, and yes we get to see these through her eyes. You will soon be sweeping and cleaning before you can even move in, and then what, delightful, and yet serious at the same time. From the first to the last page it becomes a quick page-turner, and you will be captured in the retelling of this great tale, and then you will be teased into waiting for the next. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington Books, and was not required to give a positive review.