Befriending the Beast
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: Befriending the Beast
Author: Amanda Tero
Series: Tales of Faith, book 1
Major Themes: Faith, Hope, Retellings
Synopsis: Estranged from her father, can Belle find a way to know his love once more—before the kingdom falls to ruin around them?
I read the second book in this series before reading the first one—thereby breaking a cardinal rule, but I don’t feel like I missed too much that way. Befriending the Beast was a delightful, yet heart-wrenching take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I loved how the author took familiar elements and wove them into a whole new setting—it was great!
Estrangement—in whatever form we find it in—is always painful. And as Belle returns to the house where her father lives, the home she has known for years but now feels unwelcome in, she wonders if she could ever win her father’s heart again. How, when death and sorrow have shrouded their family for years, could she ever hope for things to be different? Even her garden, the once-prized peaceful retreat she had spent so may hours tending, is now overgrown and forgotten—with a lock on the gate, barring her entrance. Will her hope be in vain?
Although this was a fairly simple book, I loved Befriending the Beast’s message of forgiveness and unconditional love. It’s a difficult concept, but illustrated beautifully here. This book was perhaps somewhat simple. Definitely short. But I came away thankful for the relationship I have with my father, and my Heavenly Father—what a beautiful gift! A good book, recommended to young teens looking for a clean read.
I requested a review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.