An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff--a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
Goodreads: 4.5/5 stars
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley
You really can never go wrong with a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (at least, in my opinion). :) I didn’t realize this was a Christian remake until the part where Annabel reads to Lord Ranulf and he pulls out the Bible. Even though this was Christian themed, I didn’t feel like I was beaten over the head with scripture. (Praise the Lord!)
Anyway. Joking aside, it was fun watching Annabel and Lord Ranulf fall in love with each other. They were both so stubborn that, at times, I couldn’t help but smile at how obvious it was. If you love Beauty and the Beast, historical romance novels, and a little Christian influence, then you’ll like this one.