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A Bear's Bride

(Entwined Tales #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Don't judge a prince by his fur.

After her father threatens to marry her to a dull farmer, free-spirited Sophie runs away from the only home she’s ever known and sets off into the world, seeking adventure and romance. But instead of excitement, she finds a forlorn castle and the solitary prince who lives there.

For twenty years, Henri has been shrouded in mystery and spe
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Shari L. Tapscott
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I’ve always enjoyed the original fairy tale, East of the Sun West of the Moon, so when I realized this was a retelling of that old classic, I had to give it a try. I ended up really enjoying this fun novella, it’d actually make a great full-length novel. I liked Sophie and Henri, I would have liked to see them together a bit more, really see them fall in love. But since its a novella, it does move along at a quicker pace. You don't have to be familiar with the original fairytale to enjoy this on ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love reading books by Shari Tapscott. She's one of my favorites not only because she knows how to write great characters and fun adventure into her stories but because her books can be read and enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike.

This novella is is part of a collection of stories, each written by a different author. I haven't read any of the other novellas but what a fun idea! Each book is based on a character from the same family.

Fairy tale re-tellings are fun and this is a good one! I re
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this... was DARLING.

The "Entwined Tales" are books taking place in the same fairytale continent, but with different main characters AND written by a different author for each -how clever! The amount of work the lady writers had to put in to make sure their story timelines and characters matched up must have been many, but worth it from a reader perspective.

"A Bear's Bride (Entwined Tales Book 3)" stars Sophie, the third-born daughter, right before two sets of twins stealing the coveted b
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Entwined Tales series. It is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. And, for once, I don't actually know this fairy tale! (Shocker, I know!) So saying, I had no idea what to expect and cannot comment on how Tapscott handled the original fairy tale in her plot. Though, I did enjoy this plot. I was intrigued and am very interested in further discovering the fairy tale and other retellings of it. At first, it kind of gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes, but t ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Bear's Bride is astoundingly addictive! It's emotional and heart pounding and so hard to resist! For those who love faerie tales with creative twists, this one is for you!

Oh! I loved, loved, loved this one, so much! It may have taken the place of my favorite in the series so far. It was intense and emotional and full of humor and surprise!

I loved that I had never heard of the original tale before, but that Shari made it feel so familiar and inviting. The story picked back up in the familiar wo
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a solid novella in the "Entwined" series. The third book, it's not entirely necessary that you read the previous ones, but it does help to get a context on the family (it's each siblings story in a family). All of them retell a fairy-tale, with this one being a re-telling of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' and potentially a little 'Beauty and the Beast' in there as well.

Sophie really doesn't want to marry the man her father has chosen for her, so she runs away, only to be whisked f
T.E. Elliott
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

That was sweetly satisfying! I'd never heard of East of the Sun West of the Moon, but it's close enough to Beauty and the Beast to satisfy a craving for that sort of story. It is a novella, so don't expect a fully developed story, but it's delightful as a light, quick read. I hate a lot of angst between love interests and this was completely satisfying in that way because there was next to none of that. I wasn't expecting to like Sophie, but I think I like her story best of the series
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting take on BAtB with no Stockholm syndrome!
Chrysa Nez
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
As far as retellings go, this one was so good! So cute, the heroine is plain adorable, and I loved all of the story. I started with this one but it made me want to go through all of the series.
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
I usually don’t read book series out of order but when Shari Tapscott offered arc copies of her novella I just couldn’t say no! I’ve been excited about the Entwined series as soon as I heard about it; all my favorite indie fairytale authors are involved! (And let’s be real, indie authors write the best fairytales).

Shari Tapscott is so good at painting this fairytale world that I would love to live in. Of course, I already knew from Pippa of Lauramore that Shari writes the exact type of fairytal
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Typically, I find it hard to connect with characters in a novella but that is not the case with this story. Right from the get go, I liked Sophia’s spunky personality and I also immediately liked Henri...because, let’s be honest, what’s not to like? ;) Shari Tapscott always knows how to get the chemistry between the two main characters just right. I found myself smiling, laughing and was totally entranced in their story.
I liked this fairy tale because it’s not as common as some of the others, e
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has been my least favorite in the series thus far. It had its moments, but it never really clicked with me.
Sophie is a very forward, impulsive, and irritating pest - for once I found myself ready to agree with Mortimer! - and the Prince is about as bland and generic as they come. Romantic buildup? Blink and you'll miss it! It happens so fast and mostly off page. I doubt I'll bother to re-read this one.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll confess I had to research the underlying story this one was based upon because I wasn't familiar with it. I absolutely love and approve of the author's take on it! I Appreciate that while it was romantic and the characters were married, we weren't forced to endure any passionate bedroom scenes. On a steaminess level this didn't go beyond a warm PG. ...more
Loved it!

A fun and enchanting read! Sophia is absolutely delightful; she had me chuckling and grinning most of the way through. I enjoyed Tapscott's retelling of the classic and cannot imagine anyone not adoring this tale!

A sweet, adventurous tale!
Lisa Dawn
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A Bear's Bride was a short, choppy, and mostly harmless adaptation of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," featuring Sophie, the third oldest daughter of the fairy godfather-cursed family. The ending of An Unnatural Beanstalk in which Eva was worried that Sophie would do something rash upon learning that her father wanted to marry her off to a boring farmer led straight into the beginning of this book. In An Unnatural Beanstalk, Sophie was said to have a reputation of calling upon Mortimer, her ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book has been part of my beauty-and-the-beast-retellings to-read list. And as the retellings go, it's one of the OK ones so far. There was so much I was ready to like here, but it ended up short of the mark it set for itself, it seems. This story is one with the character growth built into the very premise, but most retellings fail to fully capitalize on that advantage. And this, unfortunately is one of the examples. It makes me very sad.

I was so excited in the beginning, because we have a
This is a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales. (view spoiler) So when ever I find a version of East of the Sun West of the Moon I tend to have High expectations. And will generally pick it up off the shelf regardless.
I'm glad this one didn't disappoint me.
I was a bit leery in the beginning I wasn't sure if I would like this but in the end I did. I enjoyed the book. Sophie wa
Gypsy Madden
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I should have given this short tale 4 stars for following the original tale so closely, rather than spinning a new tale over the old one, this has so much personality and humor to it that I really did adore it. I loved Mortimer, the belligerent fairy godfather, who complained constantly about having to do magic for Sophie. I’m totally itching to read more of the books in the series that might feature him. I also loved Sophie. She had a wonderful snarky humor to her and was rather selfish. ...more
Cindy Thomas
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophia is the feisty middle child of a farmer. She longs for excitement and adventure, but her father wants her to settle down and marry. She is determined to rebel against him.

When her original plan to marry her friend, and her father's foe, goes awry she decides to run away. With no further plans, she soon realizes that she will need help.
Sophia calls upon her family's fairy godfather, Mortimer. The problem with Mortimer is that he doesn't care for Sophia. She asks him for help, but
(4.5 stars) - fracturing the fairytale

This is a fairly simple fairytale retelling, which is appropriate to a novella, and echoes that almost lighthearted tone so unique to fairytales as they speak of magic & fantasy in an almost blasé, matter-of-fact manner.

Sophie is a somewhat quirky & impulsive young woman. She's not sure what she wants in life, other than some kind of adventure, but she knows what she doesn't want - a staid life with a stolid farmer.

So when her father tries to marry her off
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: She has ONE ability, and the author can't even keep it straight.

There were at least two times in the book where Sophie wonders how late it is (or how late she slept in). There were several times her power could have been used to say how long something took. Did it take "all morning" to walk/drive/ride somewhere, or did it take 4 hours, 11 minutes, and 32 seconds? Why not be specific everywhere?

Sophie intrigued me because she was so willing to marry a stranger, but then he stayed
Loved this East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling!

This story is a sweet romance story that also has lots of adventure or is it an adventure story with a sweet romance? Sophie is a feisty young lady who is not ready to settle down but her father decides she is getting married ... tomorrow. Sophie takes drastic action and so the adventure and the romance begins.

This East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling left out the part of the fairy tale I don't like - the mother convincing the daughte
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't really know which fairytale this book is based on; I can only guess "Beauty and the Beast", but that doesn't seem accurate. But that doesn't really matter, because I think I fell in love with Shari L. Tapscott's style! The way she's written Sophie and Henri is just amazing!

The introduction of trolls and Elsland, in particular, was inspired. I loved Sophie's gift as well, which was otherwise useless but turned out to be of some use in the end. The story, in itself, was quite unconvention
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
This has been my favorite of the Entwined Tales thus far, a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Sophie's father thinks that marrying her off will steady his carefree, mischievous and impulsive third daughter now that the two eldest are wed and settled. However, Sophie isn't interested in being tied forever to someone she doesn't love. So she runs away to seek an adventure (did I mention she's impulsive?), but she makes the mistake of calling on the family's grouchy fairy go
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read and I enjoyed the way it was written. The character of Sophie was definitely interesting but she seemed to very quickly change from the careless young girl at the beginning to the thoughtful women of the end. Still there were many things that were just odd about this book. For one Sophie won’t marry the guy her dad wants her to marry because he’s too boring for her but will marry a guy she’s known for one day and really even less than that since sh ...more
Christina Morley
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
One of my favorite clean romance fantasy authors is Shari L. Tapscott. I was expecting more intensity with her East of the Sun and West of the Moon retelling, but it never got there. When Sophie first meets Henri, he's shrouded in a bit of mystery, but almost from the beginning, she's allowed to learn that he's not dangerous or even scary. In fact, I found Henri to be too placid as a character and all the heroics are left to Sophie. She has one adventure after the next, but it was strange that s ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This short book is a twist on a fairytale. Sophia was impulsive but also brave. She chose to marry the cursed prince even though she barely knew him, partly because she knew he was a good person and partly because she craved adventure. We're told that she falls in love with him (though all we see is her feeling lonely and wanting to get physical with him). The characters were not very well-developed, though Sophia and the troll princess were interesting. Henri was an honorable and dependable fel ...more
This is my favorite of the series thus far. I've read two prior versions of this tale, and I liked a few of the changes in the story; especially the fact that Sophie can see Henri/the bear in both forms. Both prior versions wouldn't allow the bride to see the bear as a human.

One reason I like this fairytale as much as I do is because this is a heroine who doesn't sit around waiting for the prince to fix things. She goes after him, she saves HIM. And with no small effort either. I'd much rather
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairytales, fantasy
I really liked this book - my favourite of the lovely little Entwined Tales series! The writing is in the first person present tense, which when handled well can add an immediacy and vividness. And that's exact what this book is - a vivid, heartfelt, enchanting gem. I knew something of the fairytale it's based on, but it's the first time I've read a book based on it, and it worked very well. There were many twists and turns that were surprising and captivating. It felt you were immersed in a tru ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku, fantasy
Sophia manages to get herself caught up in the tale of East of the Moon and West of the Sun. Meeting her would be husband at night, she has the chance to knowing marry a man who spends his daylight hours as a polar bear protecting his kingdom from threats including his stepmother, the troll queen of Elsland. Actually that is my favorite tweak to the story because what girl in her right mind has a conversation with a talking bear and decides she is willing to marry him? Henri is such a cutie! I d ...more
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Shari L. Tapscott writes young adult fantasy and humorous contemporary fiction. When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, making soap, and pretending she can sing.

She loves white chocolate mochas, furry animals, spending time with her family, and characters who refuse to behave.

Tapscott lives in western Colorado with her husband, son, daughter, and two very spoiled Saint Bernards.


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