The Book ✯✯✯✯✯
In a sweet Victorian setting, Beauty and the Beast is retold in a two and a half hour read that will have your heart doing somersaults the whole time.
Matthews' short novel is such a sweet thing to behold. You want to throttle both Sebastian and Julia--it is incredibly obvious from the get-go what happened and why. But that is what makes this little romance so gorgeously endearing. Matthews doesn't try to unrealistically stretch the confusion. She never muddles the plot with another "admirer" just for the sake of more pages or more drama. Instead, she sticks with the fact that a single misunderstanding can cause enough upheavle in a persons life if love is involved.
I appreciated that Sebastian is a "beast" because he is disfigured from the war. I love that she's a true beauty, beloved by society and then shunned by the very same, and I adore that this is their second shot at love.
It's not long, y'all, and totally worth the read on a cold Sunday afternoon. Do yourself a favor, and book that Sunday afternoon now with this little charm.
Thank you to NetGalley, Mimi Matthews, and Perfectly Proper Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.