Happy Middle of the Week Everyone!
Today I will be reviewing another book from the Once Upon A Time Series. What I love about this series is you can read them any order your like, because all the books are standalones. Today’s book is Spirited by Nancy Holder, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast mixed with The Last of the Mohicans.
The book description comes from the Goodreads website:
“In May 1756 war is formally declared between the British and the French. During this highly dangerous time, Isabella Sevens is travelling with her father to the British stronghold Fort William Henry.
In the forest, Wusamequin, the young and handsome medicine man, looks to avenge the death of his wife and child at the hands of British soldiers. When Wusamequin spots Isabella and her father, he alerts his warriors to capture them. But Wusamequin is quite taken with how bravely Isabella battles. He orders the warriors to spare her and her father, and they are dragged back to their village. However, many members of the Mohican tribe still want them to be killed. In a desperate plea to Wusamequin, Isabella vows to stay as his hostage if he lets her father go.
Holder’s colonial “captured-by-Indians” romance is an homage to “Last of the Mohicans” and a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”.”
When I started reading this book, I was instantly drawn into the story. Nancy has a way of spinning a new tale of Beauty and the Beast, in a way that no one has every retold the story before. Wusamequin has a deep hate for the British, because they killed his wife and child, however when he makes the decision to spare Isabella and her father, he starts and internal war with himself. Isabella on the other hand will do anything to protect her father, even if that means putting herself in danger. They both have to learn to change their way of thinking and you see that within the story.
Nancy grows these two characters throughout the entire book, and the reader gets to grow right along with them. This story made me laugh, cry, and want more. The ending is something that you don’t see coming. This is one beautiful book and once you read it it will stay with you forever.
Go on a new adventure with the tale of Beauty and the Beast my friends!