Author: Joanna Barker
Series: Forever After Retellings #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: January 16, 2019
A penniless maid determined to save her father, a broken baron bent on isolation, and the undeniable draw between them that could lead to happiness—or disaster.
Rose Sinclair has run out of options. With her father in prison and their bookshop sold to pay his debts, she has no choice but to turn to Henry Covington, the Baron Norcliffe. But the baron has more than earned his harsh reputation, and Rose must face his wrath in order to save her father—and herself.
Since the deaths of his parents, Henry Covington has isolated himself from society, ensuring the solitude of his estate with his deliberate callousness. However, when the beautiful Miss Sinclair appears on his doorstep, begging for a chance to repay her father’s debt to him, a moment of weakness finds him offering her a position—as a maid in his own house.
They both soon learn that first impressions are not to be believed. Henry is surprised—and intrigued—by Rose’s optimistic charm, while Rose slowly uncovers Henry’s true self, his compassion concealed behind the pain of loss and betrayal. But when a shadow from Henry’s past returns, their newfound hope is tested. They must decide for themselves who to trust and what they will risk for their happily ever after.
Beauty and the Baron is a Regency retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is a sweet/clean romance novella, and is Book 1 in a series of Regency retellings. The stories can be read in any order.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
This is a fun Beauty and the Beast retelling. In this one the beast is not beastly in appearance but rather in behavior as a defense mechanism. And Beauty, Rose, is just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside which is really what draws the beast to her. Barker sets up a believable context for their story to happen that parallels the fairy tale and though obviously based on Beauty and the Beast, this retelling has its own twists and turns that sets the two apart.
This book itself is much like Rose in that it has a beautiful outside and the inside is too. I enjoyed the read and only felt frustration in that my reading kept being interrupted by life. I just wanted to read! This is the first in a series of retellings and it was a good way to start. I now want to read all of them.
Joanna Barker is two for two on winning published books. Well done.
No sex, language or violence.
I received an advance copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.