19 January 2018

Tour & Giveaway: Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Retellings.
Publication: January 9th 2018 by Sweetwater Books.
Corbin's simple rose was supposed to drive the princess away. He never wanted herto choose his gift—or him. After all, no one would choose to marry a beast. With herfiery temper, though, Princess Rose isn't so perfect herself. Corbin and Rose might bestuck living with each other, but no one can force them to fall in love.

A beast. That was what they called her.When she was in a good temper, Princess Rose's face was deceptively sweet, evenbeautiful. Her large emerald eyes could appear tender, her rosebud lips touched withsoftness. There was a time, some would say, that her voice was warm and full of lifeand, though no one believed it, that she used to laugh.But today, there was no hint of softness, no trace of tenderness. Her eyes blazed likegreen fire and she pursed her lips until they became indistinguishable from her paleskin. The freckles she painstakingly tried to hide glared angrily across her nose andcheeks—cheeks deep crimson from humiliation. No tears would escape her eyes, noquivering would touch her lips. She sat—cold and aloof—her gaze fixed straight ahead,glaring at the opposite wall of the swaying carriage.

Reviewed by Kelly.

What a delightful and refreshing book! A different take on Beauty and the Beast! We all have a little bit of the Beast in us! But it is what we do with it is what I came away with from the story.

In this story, it is Rose, the Princess, who is the Beast. She is beautiful. But everyone avoids her. Because she is a beast. She is mean. She is unfair and spiteful. Her once fiance broke off his engagement and decided to have a ball in his own kingdom and chose a commoner for his wife. Rose became enraged and decided to do the same. But her way of doing it threw just about every eligible male in the dungeon before Corbin. She had every eligible male bring her a gift and she would chose a male who brought her the best gift. Well, for one these were poor people. What did she expect!?!

Corbin had just come there from the very kingdom of Rose’s ex-fiance and after that very same ball he threw. Corbin also had a fiance of his own until she decided that perhaps the prince might choose her for a wife. That woke Corbin up to the fact that perhaps she didn’t really love him well enough! So he fled to Rose’s kingdom that night of the ball because he heard that they needed a blacksmith. And since he was a blacksmith and he was an orphan, who was adopted by a loving family from Rose’s Kingdom he decided to start over there. He wanted to see where his roots were and maybe find out who his real family was. He was a kind man. He just never expected to be forced the very next day to try to win the hand of a royal like his ex fiance had just tried.

Anyway, he came with practically nothing except his trade tools which would not make a good gift to a princess. And after some other things happen he rushes to find something at the last minute and finds a single beautiful rose to give her. As he watches all the men before him get thrown into a cage to be taken to the dungeon and one man’s terrible attempt make a terrible ruckus and cause everyone to run away. He just walks forward to her anyway and presents her with his rose. He could have tried to run too. He could have waited till things calmed down but he didn’t. Why? Well it is part of who he is and you will have to read the book to read more about this good and honorable man! Again though, remember we all have a little bit of the beast in us all! Hehe that is all I am going to say about that!

“We all have little beasts inside of us. Sometimes we let them grow into huge, frightening beasts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat them back down. And usually, it’s because of fear that we allow our beasts to grow. Do you think I avoided you for all those weeks because I’m really a childish, unhappy, brooding person? No, I was afraid. I was afraid of this new life and the expectations.”

Rose choses him. And the wedding is utterly unromantic and ridiculous! He is also deemed a prince prior to being married even though he doesn’t believe it should be that way. He wasn’t born that way or deserve it. Then from then on, he asks her why she chose him. He asks her often. She doesn’t tell him until near the end. That brings me to tears!

Corbin was afraid to tell Rose that he couldn't read. He was afraid she would ridicule him. Yet, he tells her and instead of belittling him, she teaches him to read. Then he reads to her. Ugh! It was so beautiful!

“Awake my fairest, my espoused, my latest found, Heaven’s last best gift, my every delight. Awake, the morning shines…’”

The things Corbin does for her and around the Castle shows that he is not a lazy man and that he wants to be productive and he wants to help her if she will ever let him in. That does happen but very slowly and Cobin also learns how to be a husband as well very slowly too! I loved every minute of this book. I also loved seeing Will and Ella from the author’s prior books! I loved the last paragraph. It just tied the book it so beautifully!

If you love retellings, falling in love, being productive, doing what is right, helping others, finding your birth family, overcoming your fears, defending all that is yours, symbolism, being happy then this might be for you

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Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee was born the fourth of seven children into a family of avidreaders, music lovers, movie quoters, and sports fans. Jessilyn graduated fromBrigham Young University with a BA in English. She loves going on dates with herhusband and playing with her five adorable, rambunctious boys. Jessilyn grew up inthe beautiful high desert of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of theRocky Mountains. As you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should be.Current Residence: Saratoga Springs, UT

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