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Price of a Rose: A Beauty & Beast Tale

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A cute retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with magic and mystery woven throughout.

Price of a Rose: A Beauty and the Beast Tale centers around the Parker sisters, Lily, Rose, and Poppy. After their father loses a bet with Sir Garrick, a recluse with a shabby yet once-grand home, the three sisters attempt to make amends for their father’s mistake. 

 

They each take on different tasks, while very aware that Sir Garrick and his home are living under a fairy curse. The question remains, though, of whether Sir Garrick is rude because it is his natural disposition or is he kind and capable of love, even under the Glamour that shows him as a beast?

 

This novella has fairytale, fantasy, and historical elements in it. I enjoyed this mix and Nash blended these different aspects really well together without overpowering or neglecting any. It made the book interesting to read. Even though it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, these elements made it feel fresh, while still staying true to the original fairytale. 


There were a couple of times when I was removed from the story. There is a point in the story where something is set up to happen, but it is brushed away and isn’t mentioned again. There is another time when I believe a resolution is made, but the story goes on as if it hasn’t been, which lessens the tension later on in a part of the story that should be full of tension. Overall, it was still enjoyable and I would recommend it.

 

The Parker sisters are interesting characters, and I like that they all have different personalities. Importantly, their differences are their strengths and none of them are put down for them. For example, Lily is excellent at baking and housekeeping, and so takes on traditionally female roles, while Rose is much happier outdoors working in the garden getting covered in dirt. Poppy is different again by pursuing scholarship, a primarily masculine endeavour in the setting, and is still supported by her sisters. The sisters love and respect each other. They work together well, combining their strengths to solve the mystery of the curse and to improve the house.

 

I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys clean romance with a bit of magic and humour thrown in. 



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Hello, I'm Katie and I'm Canadian living in the UK. I love reading and all things related to books. I started a blog over the summer and I've really enjoyed connecting with the wider blogger community. Reading reviews has been a lot of fun and I've been enjoying writing them.

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Spinning tales of subtle magic with unexpected twists, Byrd writes the book you need, not the one you expected. With a B.A. in journalism, she’s worked in the writing field for over 35 years. She also is owned by cats, horses, a husband, and college kids. view profile

Published on February 10, 2021

30000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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