Befriending the Beast
by Amanda Tero
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?
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About the Author
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!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
After her mother died, Princess Belle’s father never really recovered, so Belle went to live with her aunt and uncle. Several years later, at the age of fifteen, Belle feels the need to go back home and restore her relationship with her surly father. But he is not of the same mind.
Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero is a short but sweet retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” featuring Belle’s father as the beast. There is no magic or romance. But it is the inspirational story of a girl who cared for her father enough to help him out of his grief-induced depression, despite his treatment toward her. Aside from that switch, the Befriending the Beast reminds me most of the Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with a few other changes. Belle is truly beautiful of heart, not just of face, and her father is as beastly as a human can be. The turning point that made Belle want to have a good father-daughter relationship again revolves around the Christian faith, which was a nice touch and showed the kind of unconditional love Christians are supposed to have. My one critique is that the story is very short and could have been more complex and drawn-out. As it is, the simplicity of the language and plot make it appropriate for children and middle grade age-groups.
I truly enjoyed this sweet story and would recommend it those who enjoy sweet, fairy tale retellings.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.