Price of a Rose: a Beauty and Beast tale (Historical Fantasy Fairytale Retellings Book 2) by Byrd Nash – Review by Anantha Rusum
Price of a Rose: A Beauty & Beast Tale by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really loved this book; it is a Victorian romance retake of the childhood fairy tale Beauty and the beast.
The story is centered around three girls, Lily, Rose and Poppy and Rose’s romance with a wealthy rude beast, Sir Griffin. Their father, obsessed with a rose called Mab’s perfection attempts to steal it from Sir Griffin, and later loses all his three daughters to him in a gamble for the rose.
The three daughters take up work in Sir Griffin’s household to pay off their debts, Lily becomes the official housekeeper, Rose takes charge of the garden work and Poppy becomes his unwarranted secretary.
But Rose starts falling for Sir Griffin and the beast also softens towards her. But there are obstacles for their romance to succeed and the curse on the house and Sir Griffin to be lifted.
This is a very charming story and has all the elements of the fairy tale intact. The beast is rude, the house has its magical charms, the garden holds the magic flowers and the library has the magical books.
But unlike the fairy tale the book has three sisters instead of one, and then there is a deceptive fairy magic which is at work to blind Sir Griffin from seeing his true love.
I enjoy books from Byrd Nash, it has a dash of the Victorian romance twist to the fairy tales and it is a feast to read. Looking forward to more from this author.