Once upon a time an
enchanting young woman named Beauty nurtured a rose garden in barren
soil. Her gift for cultivating such rare flowers was truly magical and
her roses adorned homes throughout the village, bringing joy and love to
all who chanced upon their exotic scent.
But one summer, Beauty's roses did not blossom. Without their presence her family and neighbors became ill-tempered and nature itself lost the light and warmth of the season. Even more heartbreaking, the roses no longer protect Beauty from her nightmares of a monstrous Beast - a Beast it is her destiny to meet and whose heart and soul she must nurture with love...
Robin McKinley (born 1952 as Jennifer Carolyn Robin Turrell McKinley) is a fantasy author. She won the 1998 Phoenix Award honor book for Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (1978), Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword (1982), Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown (1984), the World Fantasy Award for editing Imaginary Lands (1985) and the Mythopoeic Award for Sunshine (2003).
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