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In author Sarah Price's fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family's sake--but the consequences are more than either bargained for . . .

To most townsfolk, he's known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she's heard about Adam Herschberger's scars
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Zebra (first published October 2017)
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Deanne Patterson
I always have enjoyed reading Sarah Price's books. In this one,Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (An Amish Fairytale) as the title says it is a retelling of fairy tale Beauty and the Beast complete with the heroine's name being Belle,short for Anabelle . Her tinkering father is always inventing things to try to sell to support his family. After a buggy accident destroys his buggy and kills his horse he hasn't the money to support his family. The last of the family's money was put ...more
eyes.2c
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Just one speck of dust can blind an eye.”

A rather fascinating story that explores the idea of love and marriage, duty and faith.
Belle's father has driven the family finances into dun territory with his investments in continual failed schemes. At last it seems his 'griller' invention might be a way to break through. Alas his bad luck or serious miscalculation continues. The family is left destitute.
Their property is bought by Adam Herschberger, the local recluse who has withdrawn from the Amish
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Kav
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
True confession: I'm a tad shy of giddy over this new series. First off -- I adore fairy tale retellings -- I'm kind of compulsively crazy about them so I get butterflies in my tummy whenever I discover one in the Christian Fiction genre. But to add Amish into the mix? Be still my heart. It won't stop yoyoing around in an ecstatic frenzy because that combination is sweet perfection.

Love the seamless way Price has woven inspiration throughout the story. There are many stop-dead-in-your-tracks-and
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A delightful retelling of a classic story “Beauty and the Beast” and the author does it with an Amish twist.
Sarah Price helps us understand that people are fallen, and being a member of a religious community, does not guarantee that they all live their faith.
Surprises abound as Belle begins her journey to become Adam’s fraa, from her childhood home to her new married abode, and yes we get to see these through her eyes. You will soon be sweeping and cleaning before you can even move in, and then
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Diana
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Price has indeed demonstrated her versatility as an author—writing fine stories of contemporary women's fiction, Amish novels, and re-tellings of exemplary classics combined with the Amish. Her latest, 'Belle' a re-telling of the beloved 'Beauty and the Beast' is not only heartwarming, but includes a much needed lesson for all!

Poor Belle. She is the epitome of everything that is good in her Amish community. To enable her impoverished family to keep their home she does something courageous
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Erin Cataldi
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I give inspirational romance a lot of crap, especially the Amish ones because they so often tend to be formulaic, boring, and preachy, but I will admit... I kinda dug this one! Honestly! When my friend told me there were Amish fairy tale spin offs I laughed. It sounded so dumb, bizarre even! So I went into this book expecting it to be awful, and admittedly I didn't fall in love with it right away, but once I got into the story, I was hooked. Belle lives with her father and two useless sisters. W ...more
Joy
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow!

What can I say?

Well, whatever I say it could not do this book justice.

Belle is a hardworker who dreams of falling in love...just not right now and definitely not to a man she barely knows. But faced with the decision of marrying Adam Herschberger or going homeless, marrying Adam doesn't seem like such a bad idea. But Adam's secret past and scarred face only tells Belle that there's more to him than meets the eye. But can
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Negar Arvanaghi
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, all buggies look alike to me. I will have to take more notice the next time I'm in Lancaster.

Belle walked? Yikes.

Her sisters sound really selfish and childish.

I bet Adam lives in the stables.

Three hours at church?

She sure cries a lot.

This is a sad wedding. But I think she should give Adam a chance. He seems to be "interested" in her.

I am learning so much about Amish life.

He hasn't had anyone to talk to for years. I can understand why he finds her talking annoying.

Children learn by exam
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Maria
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although it was naturally a little predictable being based on a fairy tale, it was a nice read:)
Carmen
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I especially liked the bishop's "speck in the eye" sermon. It has great relevance in today's world. I thought some of the book characters could be fleshed out more but that's also in keeping with the fairytale retelling.
Kimberly
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this book. It wasn't as dramatic as I had anticipated but it was a pleasant read. I will probably read the others in the series. It is good to cleanse the palate occasionally with a book that doesn't contain graphic sex and/or violence.
A.  Reviewer
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads giveaway *
First of all, I knew next to nothing about the Amish. They live in a world which is so far removed from my surroundings. Unfortunately, the only things I did know about the Amish, (besides the obvious stereotypes) I learned from Weird Al’s parody of “Gangster’s Paradise” called “Amish Paradise.” *Facepalm of shame* I was delighted to learn a bit about the Amish community from this novel. While I am no expert to vouch for its authentici
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brooke smith
Alright

It's an alright romance story, however I wouldn't recommend buying it for the price that it is right now. There are other romance novels for $3 that are just as good as this one. Out of the top of my head, I would recommend those who like this story to read Beauty and the scarred Duke, the only difference is that this story has a more religious tone. It was very slow in the beginning of the story and it didn't seem to feel like there was a climax at all. The male character of this book ha
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Allison
At first I was a little worried that this was going to be a retelling of the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast because a lot of character names seem to be derived from the Disney films (like naming the Beast character Adam, the semi-official Disney Beast-Prince's name), and Belle's father is an inventor that the town considers to be eccentric. However, that turns out to just be minor details, and the story does have elements of the original fairy tale as well. Belle has two lazy sisters, an ...more
Jessica Chittester
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never read an Amish Christian romance novel before. I’ve read a few Christian romance novels before (some a hit and miss) but never anything Amish. Compared to most other novels of the romantic genre, this was a fresh and delightful read. Soothing even.

No foul language. No explicit sex scenes. No ungodly amount focus on body parts (chest, eyes, breasts - we’ve all read those novels).

It dealt with day to day things that you would find in any small town. Pettiness, resent, gossip, shunning,
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Angel Hatfield
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Belle lived with her father and two sisters on their farm. Belle loves to read romances and dreams of falling in love. Belle’s father was a dreamer and inventor but he wasn’t successful and had used all family money and had to sell their farm. Adam had bought their farm who is a local recluse. Adam is badly scarred by a terrible childhood accident. The people of the community have come to call Adam the Beast and that's basically how he acts. But he has been scarred not only physically but emotio ...more
Renee
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A book inspired by Beauty and the Beast and a marriage of convenience story? This is the easiest way to ensnare this reader! I am a sucker for fairy tales, romance, and the simple life. Belle delivers! In all my years as a bookworm, I've never stayed up till 4:30 AM and if I'm listening to an audiobook, in all honesty, they put me to sleep if I listen late at night. It doesn't matter how into the story I am. It just happens! That wasn't the case here. In spite of the fact that I didn't
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Becky
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Price has started a new series of Amish Fiction based on well-known fairy tales. The first one is a modern-Amish retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Belle is the youngest daughter of Melvin Beiler and the one who does most of the work around the house while Melvin works on his inventions. Little do Belle and her sisters know is that their father has frittered away his money on his newest invention and the mortgage is about to come due.

Adam Herschberger is a man scarred from a fire that kill
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Angela Brocato-Skaggs
Belle is an Amish retelling of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast and it lives up to its expectations.

Belle Beiler lives with her dad and two older sisters on their farm in Echo Creek. Her father is a dreamer who loves to invent things from new tools to outdoor grills. When an adventure to a neighboring town goes awry, he must tell his girls that he is broke and soon they will lose their farm. Their neighbor Adam, who is known as The Beast due to a horrific childhood accident, has offered
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FNM
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I had read from this author and I was really excited to see an Amish twist on Beauty and the Beast. The book started of relatively slow, with a fair amount of repetitiveness in the way Belle experienced the world and to be honest just not that much going on in general. She also had way to much optimism with pretty much everything bring her joy or some other form of small happiness. Not that this isn't good I'm not quite a gremlin that wants to see just bad things happen t ...more
Patti
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
By Sarah Price

A huge bravo goes out to Sarah Price for her book Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I don't care how old a girl/woman is, we all need to read a few fairy tales to be reminded that there is a happily ever after! Sarah Price has taken this wonderful tale and crafted it into a sweet story that fits perfectly into an Amish community. Her use of scriptural verses and stories throughout the text bring a rich Biblical prese
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Kim  Gregory
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Belle and her family are struggling. Just as in the original tale, Belle's father is an inventor. The Amish aren't interested in his inventions and he has to travel to other areas to get the Englishers to look at them. The family falls on hard times. Harder times than even Belle was aware. The story follows the original pretty closely in many aspects. Belle does have two sisters, one who is very self-centered, the other who is just there. Both ...more
T. Rosado
Paperback: 5 STARS!
Audiobook: 5 Stars

This book contained so many of my romance favorites, such as marriage-of-convenience, enemies-to-love, a re-telling, a brooding and broken hero, and a strong faith thread. Although Beauty and the Beast is probably my least favorite fairytale, I do love modern adaptations of it. Sarah Price removes the "magic" that runs rampant within Disney's version and writes an authentic romance between an unfairly judged broken man and an altruistic woman who seeks to fol
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Susan
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

Bel
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Sarah
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What has she gotten herself into was the one thing Belle wondered?Belle knew she would not go back on her word but hoped and prayed God would guide her through this time in her life.
Adam is better off alone but when he see something that catches his eye he knows that its only in his dreams. As things start to play he wonders what he has gotten himself into. Can they both survive the mess they just got into or are the better off walking away?
Sarah did not disappoint with this book. While I was a
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Melinda
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC through Goodreads
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I rather enjoyed this retelling Beauty and the Beast while tying it into the Amish lifestyle and views. The book also introduces us to other characters who's story will definitely be explore in other books and are for sure retelling of other well known fairy tales (Snow White, Cinderella, etc).

I think Belle and Adam make a lovely couple. After Belle promises to marry Adam in order to allow her family to continue living on the farm, things get a lot inter
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Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.
Thank you for NetGalley, Sarah Price, and Kensington Books for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast with an Amish twist, Price delivers a cozy little read. It isn't much different from the original--just minus the magic and the actual Beast form. Instead, it focuses on a man who was a burn victim as a child and grew increasingly mean and reclusive as his Amish community ridiculed him.

Thankfu
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Stacy
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book as a FirstRead.

Belle lives with her father and two older sisters on their struggling family farm. Adam, known to the townspeople as the Beast, has lived his life as a recluse after a fire left with scars. When Belle's father crashes their buggy, and the horse dies, he realizes he has no choice but to sell the farm to pay off his debts. Adam agrees to buy it and gives the family 3 weeks to move. Belle goes to Adam to try to bargain with him to find a way for her family to stay on
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Barb Klein
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading “Belle” by Sarah Price. It is written in the theme of the old story “Beauty and the Beast”, but as an Amish fable. I thought that the theme might be contrived or senseless, but I thought Ms. Price did a good job of incorporating the beauty and beast story. I thought that her characters were not stereotyped from the original, but really quite refreshing. I needed a lighthearted novel to lighten my mood and this was it.

I am looking forward to the next in the series, “Ella: An Am
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Carol
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Belle is Kind of like the mix of Cinderella with the stepmother who watches and favors her daughters over Belle – and Beauty & The Beast – she volunteers to marry the villages man with the scars and not so gentle ways. Why you ask does she do the this ? To save her families farm. How does this save her family's farm you may ask? Well you have to read the book - AnyWho – Belle Marries the beast and she cleans up his disaster of his place and what happens you may ask? Well let me tell you – no ...more
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