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A book inspired by Beauty and the Beast and a marriage of convenience story? This is the easiest way to ensnare this reader! I am a sucker for fairy tales, romance, and the simple life. Belle delivers! In all my years as a bookworm, I've never stayed up till 4:30 AM and if I'm listening to an audiobook, in all honesty, they put me to sleep if I listen late at night. It doesn't matter how into the story I am. It just happens! That wasn't the case here. In spite of the fact that I didn't enjoy the narrator, the plot of the story was just too good for me to put on pause! Slow burn romances will be the death of me. Epitaph: Here lies Renee. Dead from reading too much.
I was a little put off by the attitudes of both Adam and Belle, Adam being just plain mean and Belle too perfect, but as the story progressed things changed. It was easy to understand why Adam was so gruff and short with everyone, he had been treated that way for most of his life. It was a defense. That said, Belle never really lost that goody goody vibe, but it became less annoying.
I have never read a book by this author and I don't read as many Amish books as I used to, but this book was lovely. The romance reminded me a lot of one of my all-time favorite reads, another Amish fiction, Autumn's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray. Belle is most definitely a book firmly on my keeper shelf!
*I purchased this book. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
This is the first in a new series by Sarah Price. I liked that she foreshadowed upcoming books with the characters in this book. This version of Beauty and the Beast has Belle trying to figure out a way for her family to stay on the farm that is now owned by Adam, an enigma in town who has scarring on his face and arms from a fire.
Adam counters her offer to be a housekeeper by asking her to marry him. Feeling trapped, but not wanting her family to find themselves homeless she agrees.
This is a very sweet retelling of the beloved story. Recommended for teenagers and above.
Belle, who loves to read romance novels, goes to Adam's farm, hoping if she offers to be his housekeeper her family can remain on their farm. She has a servants heart, but Adam wants a wife, because he desires a son to pass along his heritage. Not what Belle expected, but after asking for a sign from God, she agrees to marry him in two weeks.
The book held my interest, and I couldn't stop reading. What will Belle's sisters and Daed think of her marriage proposal? How will the members of the Church react, since they consider Adam a monster? Will Belle be able to see past his scars and gruff manner, and turn this marriage of convenience into love? Not just for her, but also for Adam. You'll have to read the book to find the answers to these questions and many others, such as why does Adam what the Beiler farm? I highly recommend that you buy and read Belle, the first book in Sarah's new series.
No foul language. No explicit sex scenes. No ungodly amount focus on body parts (chest, eyes, breasts - we’ve all read those novels).
It dealt with day to day things that you would find in any small town. Pettiness, resent, gossip, shunning, etc. It’s the same no matter where we go.
Belle is a strong, brace, almost fierce heroine. She does what needs to be done. Her family is near ruin - debt, loss of transportation, no faith or support from the community. The house is bought by a recluse. Belle makes an agreement to marry him, knowing this sacrifice will save her family from having to move to a new town. Some reviewers viewed her as a brat. I disagree with them. She is not a brat. She does what she sets her mind to and she is always with God in all of her decisions.
At first Adam is harsh. He’s mean, quick to anger, and shutoff from his emotions; emotions that will bring him any more trauma or pain. Yet, we get glimpses of the true type of man he is. He’s kind, sweet, thoughtful and has the biggest heart of any man I’ve read in a book.
Together, these two make a wonderful pair. They take strength in each other and they learn to grow together from two complete strangers to a proper husband and wife.
My one complaint with this book is that if felt a bit rushed at the end. We get to see the moment that Adam and Belle fall in love but not how they grow in their love. This had me a bit miffed. I would’ve liked to see a little more of their relationship growing before the book ended.
Before I forget, this was also my first book by Mrs, Price. This is also the first book in a new series of fairytale retellings that deal with the Amish.
I will be buying and reading the rest of this series