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Finding Beauty in the Beast

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Princess Rose's fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away...until now. After being spurned and humiliated for the last time, the princes forces every eligible man to present a gift to her under pain of death. The man who brings her the best gift will be chosen as her husband.

When Corbin presents his gift, he hopes that his simple offering will keep him safely over
Paperback, 263 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Sweetwater Books
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
****4.5 stars***

There are times when you finish reading a book, and you just smile. Then you remember that it's over and long for more time with the story and characters. This is what "Finding Beauty in the Beast" was for me.

How could a reader not fall in love with Corbin. He is a true gentleman. He has a trait of finding the good in the bad. He rescues the Princess. Rose is not truly the beast that everyone thinks she is. Sometimes it takes a little patience and kindness to bring out the good i
Jessilyn Peaslee
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I absolutely LOVE fairy tales, and I love "Beauty and the Beast." There are so many different versions of this story and I hope you'll enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed writing it. And though I do love them, you'll find no hairy monsters or talking furniture in this story. When I write retellings, I ask myself, "What if these people were real?" and "How can I apply the beautiful lessons we learn in this fairy tale to everyday life?" I love magic, of course, but I hope that you will find a diff ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retelling, 2018
What a delightful and refreshing book! A different take on Beauty and the Beast! We all have a little bit of the Beast in us! But it is what we do with it is what I came away with from the story.

In this story, it is Rose, the Princess, who is the Beast. She is beautiful. But everyone avoids her. Because she is a beast. She is mean. She is unfair and spiteful. Her once fiance broke off his engagement and decided to have a ball in his own kingdom and chose a commoner for his wife. Rose became enr
Kathy Jo
4.5 Stars

Rose lost her parents when she was only 13 years old. Feeling hurt, angry, abandoned and broken, she hardens her heart towards everyone. She refuses to let anyone get close to her. The hurt and grief of losing her parents was just too much and she refuses to let it happen again. She knows what they call her, she just doesn't care. She's disconnected herself from everyone and does her best to just exist.

Corbin can't believe his luck. Just as he breaks off his engagement to someone who d
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This books was so sweet! The story was familiar yet new and that's exactly how you want fairy tale re-tellings to be.

I fell in love with Corbin. What an emotional journey he went on but for the most part, he handled it with dignity and kindness. He won me over right away. The Princess took a bit longer, as expected, but understanding someone's pain and loss can change your view of them. Kindness and love win in this book. That's a good message any day.

It was so fun to see Ella and Will from the
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jessilyn has done it again!

Initially I expected the standard fairy tale with a plot twist. What I found was much deeper and richer - and infinitely more rewarding.

Finding Beauty in the Beast is not just a gender role reversal (although let's be honest, the fact that a girl is portrayed as beastly AND attractive for a change is refreshing) on a well-known story. Instead, it's a story of two people who have been dealt hardships and their inner struggle to overcome them. It's about friendship. Abou
Ashtyn Newbold
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story! I love a good character transformation, and Rose's transformation was realistic and heartwarming. I loved the descriptive and poetic writing, the way it made me really envision the castle and the characters. Jessilyn did such a great job making these characters real and raw, and at making the reader root for them. There were some twists in there that I didn't see coming either! Also the cover--the symbolism is so perfect. I'll put it up there with Ella among my favorite f ...more
This is one of the best B&B retellings I have read. Excellent writing, fantastic twist on the original, great characters, tender moments, depth of story and characters, wonderfully clean, and just all-around awesome. I really, really loved this story. Look forward to reading more by this author!
Not only do I adore fairy tale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast is my favorite to see reimagined. I read the author’s first two books where she beautifully retells Cinderella and enjoyed them immensely, so I was particularly excited to start this. I not only thoroughly enjoyed this story, but it's the book I've enjoyed the most of the last twelve books I’ve read. Nothing like a magical fairy tale to get one out of a reading slump!

Finding Beauty in the Beast was just as beautiful and sweet a
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love fairy tales, and this re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is wonderful. Beauty and the Beast is hands down my favorite. I am sure I have said that about others, but it really is the greatest story.

When Corbin is turned away by his true love for an opportunity to marry a Prince, he packs up and leaves town. Hoping to find a better life for himself, and start over new.

When Corbin arrives in Laurel, he is able to take over a Blacksmith’s shop, where the owner had either a
Author Jessalyn Stewart Peaslee has written an excellent twist on a well-known and beloved fairytale. Both teens and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy this delightful, sweet, and somewhat spunky retelling of Beauty and the Beast. From page one Peaslee sucks readers into her story, hooking them so they don’t want to put it down, not even when they reach the end. The characters in this story are charming and come to life through Peaslee’s wonderful storytelling. It is a story filled with exhilara ...more
Oh wow, what an absolutely beautiful story! I love fairytale retellings, Beauty and the Beast ones most of all. Finding Beauty in the Beast was such a fresh take on the original story and I thought it was so unique having “Beauty” as the “Beast”. It added so many layers to the story and delivered such a meaningful and poignant message.

Rose was definitely not likable to begin with. Her nickname of “The Beast” suited her quite well, but as the story progressed and more was revealed about her, it b
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a fairy tale?! I remember my grandma weaving all sorts of retellings of the slew of them and we ate them like her porridge. One of my favorites was my The Beauty and the Beast. I fell in love not just with the hero but with the heroine too. For the longest time I wanted to be her and to experience the slow progression of friendship and finally love that was between the beast and the beauty. Oh, those were the days of our childhood...

See what happens when you read a retelling of
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Finding Beauty in the Beast" is a beautiful fairy tale re-telling. Author Jessilyn Peaslee borrows characters from her first novel, Ella (and its companion book, Ella's Will) and turns the fairy tale on its head. In the best way possible.

Princess Rose is a monster. Some call her a beast. Corbin escapes heartbreak at home and finds himself in Rose's kingdom and forced to present himself as a suitor. Every suitor is required to present a gift and his, though simple, is the one Rose picks. And so
Lynn Wung
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean read

Loved the twist in the story and how it all worked out in the end. I read in a day.
Chase D
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute must read! This is a crazy page-turner. The descriptive words that are used can paint an awesome picture in your head. If you are able to pick up a bool and read I suggest this book for you. But judging by the content, probably 12 and up would be a good age to start. When the protagonist breaks off his engagement in a hurtful event, he tries to seek a new life by moving his blacksmith shop to a different kingdom. But when the princess, with a reputation of a beast, chooses hi ...more
Wayward Cabbage
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. I think this has become one of my favorite retellings of beauty and the beast. It left a feeling of such deep peace and warmth in me.
Mandy Al-Bjaly
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I start my review, I just want to say that Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee is a beautiful person. She is kind, fun, humble, gracious, and thoughtful. Most of the time when we read books we know nothing about the author, so I just wanted to tell you a little about what I know of her from a distance. I have never met her, but I consider her a friend, and I greatly admire the gift God has given her to write books with great meaning – books that you will want to read over and over again.

I first was
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Finding Beauty in the Beast
By Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Corbin wanted a new life one away from the pain of his intended's betrayal. And he hoped to find family in the Kingdom of Laurel, the land of his birth. His one regret was leaving behind his best friend Will. But Will had just married Ella and Corbin's engagement to Francine had ended the night of Prince Kenton's ball.

Prince Kenton's ball ended Princess Rose's engagement to the prince when he chose a commoner instead to be his bride and his p
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
My friend triple-dog dared me to read this book. Why? Because we were discussing rags to riches plots, and I had a soapbox spiel about how, in fiction, men are never allowed to marry above their socioeconomic class without negative connotations attached to them. Then my friend brought up this book and now I must abdicate my soapbox.

Corbin marries above his station. And perhaps because it was under duress, he was excused all negative connotations. Plus, he has a very marketable skill in blacksmit
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
I have loved the way all of Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee's books fit together! This one starts with the ball that is in both Ella and Ella's Will. I love that you get to see Corbin again and that you get to see what happens to him. I kind of hope that we also get to read Francine's story eventually.

I loved Corbin. I love the way he obviously cares for Francine, even when her love doesn't appear to be as deep. His character is good at being constant. He's a kind and loving man. It made me laugh how h
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for retelling stories of Beauty and Beast, along with Cinderella. What I liked about this story is the reverse gender roles: the beast is female instead of male. The book has many twists and turns, but it was well written. Although there is no enchantments or spells, it's still learning to the see the beauty in the beast.

Colin is a blacksmith in the kingdom of Claire. He and his fiancee attend the Prince's ball on the night that should have been their wedding day. The Prince decid
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding Beauty in the Beast is an excellent re-telling that I can see myself reading again. It was a wonderful traveling companion, and I really enjoyed the overall story. It was well-written and has great characters.

I loved the twist on Beauty and the Beast, and enjoyed that it was more than just a simple story. It was thought provoking-we have a choice in how we become after tragedies. We can become beasts, and drive everyone away. Or, we can make the best out of our situations and live a ful
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast is one of the most over-done fairy tales, and yet, I find myself really enjoying the retellings. I'm a sucker for them. And this one! Oh, this one was fun. I love how Jessilyn switched characters and made the Beast the female lead. I guess you really couldn't (or shouldn't maybe) call Corbin Beauty, but the point is made.

I also loved that Corbin gets a story. I felt so bad for him in Ella's Will. I love my happy endings, even for minor characters, and it ju
Ella Forsyth
This book was so fun to read. I love how it was kept realistic throughout the whole thing. How Corbin and Rose didn't disagree on a few things and then solve all their problems and live happily ever after. They had to slowly work together with the help of a few friends to work through the situation they were thrown into. I also love how the whole thing wasn't entirely fixed in the end but that they were able to come to a point where they could both get along and be more comfortable with each oth ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm trying to rate my books closer to the way that Goodreads present them, three stars = I liked the book, 4 stars = I really liked it. I'm somewhere in the middle. For the type of book it is (light romance), I would rate it 4 stars. As a book in general, I would give it 3 stars; 3 stars is a book I would not read again, but I would explore other titles by the same author when I want to read this type of book, a light and quick read free from objectionable content (vulgarity, excessive violence, ...more
Kim  Gregory
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I finished the story last night, I sat and thought about what I would say in my review. I wanted to think about it. There was so much more depth to this story than just a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. Firstly, the writing was excellent. It flowed really well and I was quickly caught up in the story and easily stayed in the plot. I love it when an author writes so well that I find myself "waking up" in my real life! Corbin was an amazing character. I enjoyed watching his transformation t ...more
This book goes along with the Beauty and the Beast story, which has always been a favorite of mine. After Princess Rose tragically loses her parents at a young age, she begins to shut herself off from the pain, turning to anger and becoming a 'beast'.
After a broken engagement, Rose out of spite and vengeance, forces all of the men in her kingdom to present her with a gift, Corbin (whose character shows up in Jessilyn's first two books), presents a gift that will change his life and Rose's life
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It picks up at the end of Ella, when the prince that was supposed to marry "the Beast" princess in this story has been rejected in favor of the princess marrying a commoner. The friend of the hero in Ella decides to move to the country where he was born and see if he can find any relatives, but the princess has declared that unmarried commoner men must bring her a gift so that she can pick a husband among them. No one wants to marr ...more
Raquel Evans
Very sweet, and an unusual twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. I hadn't realized at first that there are overlapping characters with two previous books by the author, but I want to read those now too!

This is a clean romance, with the most 'content' being a bit of hand holding and face touching. There is a mention of a baby born out of wedlock (but no intimate details on that situation), a couple of broken engagements, and some other tension regarding appropriate behavior towards other peopl
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JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE is the author of four fairy tale retellings. Her debut novel, Ella, was awarded the Silver Quill by the League of Utah Writers, and her third novel, Finding Beauty in the Beast, was awarded the Gold Quill, both in YA fiction. She loves encouraging youth in their writing and in achieving their dreams, and has visited schools throughout Utah and surrounding states. Jessilyn ...more