Release Date: September 13, 2015
Genre: YA / Middle Grade / Fairytale Retelling
Series: Tales of Faith, Book One
Be sure to check out my review of the sequel, The Secret Slipper.
About the Book:
Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?
So I’m a dummy and read the sequel before reading Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero. Once a gain, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get into when I first picked up this book. Most of us have probably watched the original animated version of Beauty and the Beast and perhaps even watched the latest live version. This is not the tale that you’ve grown to know and love. Readers will be refreshed with how different it is from the original tale. Just like The Secret Slipper, our main male character is not a love interest, but rather a father-daughter relationship. There is no romance in the novel, meaning this would be perfect for girls between the ages of 9 and 12.
Some parts even reminded me of The Secret Garden. That was a fun and unique touch on an adorable tale. Tero also leaves us with a Christian message of love, patience, and forgiveness.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Amanda Tero
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.
If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!