Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Sunshine presents a ?beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast?
Once upon a time an enchanting young woman named Beauty nurtured a rose garden in barren soil. Her gift for cultivating such rare flowers was truly magical and her roses adorned homes throughout the village, bringing joy and love to all who chanced upon their exotic scent.
But one summer, Beauty?s roses did not blossom. Without their presence her family and neighbors became ill-tempered and nature itself lost the light and warmth of the season. Even more heartbreaking, the roses no longer protect Beauty from her nightmares of a monstrous Beast?a Beast it is her destiny to meet and whose heart and soul she must nurture with love?
“Dazzling…has the power to exhilarate.”—Publishers Weekly
“Luxuriant…the story is full of silvery images.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Every sentence and every occurrence seems infused by magic.”—Fantasy and Science Fiction
In the tradition of Beauty and Rose Daughter, Newbery Award-winning author Robin McKinley lends a fresh perspective to a classic fairy tale, developing the story of Sleeping Beauty into a richly imagined, vividly depicted novel (School Library Journal).
After enchanting readers with the power of her novel Beauty, Robin McKinley returns to the story of Beauty and the Beast with Rose Daughter-a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.
Beauty is one of three sisters. Their father was once the wealthiest merchant in the richest city in the country. But his ruin has brought them to a village far, far away-and to a tiny house called Rose Cottage. It is here that Beauty takes simple pleasure in the tending of her garden and the company of her family, until her father is saved during a treacherous journey by a Beast-a Beast who asks for only one thing in compensation: Beauty.
McKinley ("Beauty") returns to the story of "Beauty and the Beast" with a fresh, perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight, and presents her finest and most deeply felt work--a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.
About the Author
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown
and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword
. Her other books include Sunshine
; the New York Times
bestseller Spindle's End
; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast
, Beauty and Rose Daughter
; and a retelling of the Robin Hood
legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood
. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.