Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley "Rose Daughter" is an unusual and interesting re-telling of Charles Perault's "Beauty and the Beast." As with the original, Beauty's father takes a rose from the Beast's garden and is made to send his daughter to live at the castle.Beauty's widowed father is a successful merchant who loses his business; her elder daughters' engagements are broken once that happens, and they go to live in a quiet house that is left to Beauty by a distant relative. While traveling to collect the proceeds from a forgotten merchant ship, the father gets lost and finds shelter in the magical castle in question.When Beauty goes to the castle, she finds that even the Beast is not all that he seems: a philosopher who loves roses and paints beautiful pictures all over the roof of his prison.The end is an unexpected twist on the classic, and I enjoyed it very much.