Beauty and the Recluse
by Ellie Gray
Date Published: February 12, 2016
Following the recent death of her father, and in need of both a job and somewhere to live, Kiya takes a housekeeping job on the spur of the moment. She soon finds herself living in a beautiful but neglected mansion, working for a strange and reclusive man.
St. John is a man scarred by the past, both physically and emotionally, and is determined to live out his life alone. They are two very different people, drawn to each other almost against their will, but can Kiya convince St. John that he is not the monster he believes himself to be?
Everyone loves a retelling, right? In my case, I love reading variations of Cinderella, Snow White, Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan and other mythical characters. This time, I am in for a treat with a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I liked it.
Kiya needed some place to dwell. After the death of her parents, she’d got nothing left, even the house she had lived in was now asking her to leave. When she saw a Wanted: Housekeeper sign, she grabbed the opportunity, even though she heard bad rumors about her possible employer.
St. John O’Neill was an author who had been living in isolation. Scarred and a recluse, he wasn’t the easiest person to deal with. He just left notes for his housekeeper and never showed his face to anyone. But Kiya didn’t mind until she accidentally saw him.
Miscommunication plays a big part in this book. Aside from the library of tomes and orangery, St. John’s abode is a perfect setting for romance and heartbreaks. Kiya’s feelings grew, St. John suppressed his. Until the one who caused the scar had come back and wanted to be part of his life again.
I enjoyed reading this story. It got the heart-warming, romantic and tearful moments, too. The pacing was normal yet satisfying. It has an old world feel to it, sometimes I thought the story took place in the olden days, if not for the mention of mobile phones and iPads and high-end cars. Overall, Beauty and the Recluse is an interestingly affectionate read and a perfect bedtime story.
Ellie is an author of contemporary romance who also enjoys writing YA fiction. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association and lives in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire with her partner, David, two children, two cats and a chinchilla.
Currently working full-time in the public sector and studying for a Masters Degree, Ellie hopes one day to achieve her ambition of being able to write full time.