About the Book
Book: A Dark Beauty
Author: Clarissa Kae
Release date: March 9, 2021
A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast
Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness
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Victorian is fun as a setting and Gothic can be a fun genre as well. It seemed to be a good fit for a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It's also a bit steam punk. Do note, that this isn't is a true historical timeline. If you first put yourself into a frame of mind that this is a parallel universe or non-typical setting it will help. This story will not follow standard historical protocols with clothing, or behavior, or even items.
Georgiana can fix anything mechanical, partially watches. (See, steampunk!) She's gifted in this way. Dom is interesting, but there's something about him that feels off. The pair feels like the are together because they don't have options, not because of a deep love or attraction like I expected. The bit of mystery and subplot was a teaser.
My issues are that it remained a teaser. It wasn't solved. That's super frustrated to me. I don't like open ended thing like that. The ending wasn't at all what was anticipated. While I struggled to connect to the characters in ways that are harder to pin-point, the ending really disappointed me. That said, I think I'd read other book by the author, because it takes a great deal of work to retell a story that's already much loved to start with.
About the Author My Review:
Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She’s the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.
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