Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter

eBook - 2014
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Award-winning author Robin McKinley returns to one of our most enduring fairy tales to tell an enthralling story of love and redemption Once upon a time, a wealthy merchant had three daughters . . . and when the merchant's business failed, he and his three daughters left their grand house in the city and moved to a tiny cottage buried deep in the countryside. The youngest daughter, Beauty, is fascinated by the long, thorny stems of an unknown plant that overwhelms the neglected cottage, and she tends it until, the following summer, its rich, fragrant flowers are the most glorious things the sisters have ever seen: roses. An old woman tells Beauty: "Roses are for love. Not . . . silly sweethearts' love but the love that makes you and keeps you whole. . . . There's an old folk-tale . . . there aren't many roses around any more because they need more love than people have to give 'em . . . and the only thing that'll stand in for love is magic, though it ain't as good." There's no magic in the town of Longchance, but, the old woman adds, Beauty may not know that this is the result of a sorcerers' battle that happened many years ago, a battle that left a monster, or perhaps a beast, in an enchanted palace somewhere in the deep forest . . . and a curse concerning a family of three sisters.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2014.
[United States] : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 2014.
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Feb 09, 2017

I liked this one a lot, but not as much as her first re-telling. Rose Daughter was almost too layered and complicated. Perhaps this was because I was reading the eBook, though. I think I'll come back to this one later and see if re-reading it makes it better. However, it still enveloped me in a rich, fantastical, fairy-tale world that I was reluctant to leave. The writing and descriptions were lush and beautiful, evoking emotion well throughout. Very well-written, just slightly confusing in parts. Still recommended, though.

Sep 05, 2015

I liked the story but I didn't enjoy it. I felt it spent too much time in repetition and never getting to the point or connecting the dots.
I was just plain frustrated for the last hundred pages.

Jan 25, 2014

Every re-teller of folk tales has two challenges: bringing something new to something very old, and bringing to life archetypal characters. Ms. McKinley succeeds, but also wanders far from the main story. Beauty spends more time communing with various creatures than with the Beast. The writing is sometimes magical, and sometimes a slog.

Aug 22, 2013

Wow, this writing is just beautiful. I read this a very long time ago and just reread it the past week. Robin McKinley's language and style is incredible. I felt like crying while reading the book, but not from sadness, just from the beauty of it all.

Robin McKinley wrote this one nearly 20 years after her first adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, called Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. Her first version was incredible as well, and written before the Disney movie ever came out, which makes it even better. I first fell in love with the Disney version, and then read the two adaptations of Robin McKinley's, and I love them all. I would recommend reading "Beauty" first, and then this one. I just finished them both in a row in the past two weeks and they are both so wonderful.

Jun 10, 2012

As per usual, this story is enchanting and wonderfully told with just the right amount of story you've always known and things that seem to fall into place as if someone forgot them. Love it.

May 28, 2012

an age-old story renewed. always a favorite with me, these romance stories. 5 stars, totally.

Apr 27, 2012

this was an AWESOME book...5 stars for this 1!

crystal_dark Oct 03, 2011

I loved this story and felt that it was a great re-telling of the story Beauty and the Beast. This book has many interesting elements to it and is a great book to read!

Sep 26, 2011

I liked the 1979 version better. There was less of the interaction with Beast and Beauty in this one. This was less magical and too much prose.

Jun 02, 2010

I strongly recommend that you read them in order - but not one after the other. Both Beauty and Rose Daughter are Beauty and the Beast - but this author does it justice twice again! Well worth the read!

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crystal_dark Nov 04, 2011

“She was ashamed. She would not--she would not--be frightened of him: he was what he was, and he had made a promise he would keep.”

crystal_dark Nov 04, 2011

“Roses are for love. Not forget-me-not, honeysuckle, silly sweethearts' love but the love that makes you and keeps you whole, love that gets you through the worst your life'll give you and that pours out of you when you're give the best instead.”

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