In this modern-retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.
After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he’s lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.
Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.
5 out of 5 stars
This little gem has been sitting on my kindle for a while now, and I’m so glad I decided to read it. This book was fantastic – the only thing that could have made it better was had it been told in the first person. Given how intensely personal this book is, it would have made it so much more relatable.
Savannah Carmichael is an investigative reporter from New York, who returns to her hometown of Danvers, VA after losing her job in disgrace. She is offered a chance to redeem herself by writing a human interest piece about Asher Lee, a vet who returned from war with half a face, no ear and one and a half arms. She shows up at his house with a plate of brownies, and the hope that Asher will allow her to interview him. It takes a while, but Asher finally agrees.
Asher is a very complex character. He has all but decided to live his life in seclusion until he meets Savannah. Which is sad, given how great he is and what he has to offer. But Savannah brings him to life. Gets him to leave his house. Gets him to find love.
This was a really good love story. The ending was a little predictable, but it was still good. This was a great story about finding yourself, and a story of redemption. It’s a must read.