Book Reviews

Belle: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Belle by Sarah Price

Prepare to be Amazed!

When author Sarah Price decided to do an Amish series based off of Jane Austen’s greatest hits, I was doubtful – it’s Jane Austen after all. But as soon as I read Price’s version of Sense and Sensibility, I was hooked. But then, THEN she got this wild idea to put an Amish twist on some very well known fairy tales, like Beauty and the Beast. When her novel, Belle, released, again I was a skeptic. Call me a skeptic no more – Price succeeds in this retelling – and then some.

Belle Beiler is a conscientious, duty-bound daughter to her widowed father. Her older sisters are clueless and unhelpful. When her dad reveals a shocker, Belle finds herself in an unimaginable situation.

Adam Hershberger – know as a “beast” to the community – is scarred in more ways than one. He has no use for his Amish community…until Belle’s father has no choice but to accept his help. And Belle must make a life changing decision as well.

I was given Belle in exchange for my honest review. I was amazed. I’m not exactly a Disney-phile, but I did enjoy Beauty and the Beast, and thought it would be a difficult tale to turn into an Amish love story. I was wrong. Sarah Price expertly made it her own. I was thoroughly invested in each character and couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. This is a great novel to add to your TBR pile!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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