Title- Belle and the Beau
Author- Beverly Jenkins
Published by- Harper Teen in 2002
Genre- Young adult, historical romance
Page number- 296
Place I purchased it- Book Depository
Synopsis- Belle: After a grueling escape north, Belle Palmer is free, yet lost and alone. Separated from her father on the harrowing journey, Belle has nowhere to turn until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she’s ever known. For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle is able to express herself freely-except where her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man are concerned.
The Beau: Daniel Best is headed for great things. Educated and handsome, at eighteen he is full of the promise and dream of his people, and is engaged to the prettiest (if the most spoiled) girl around. So when a bedraggled stranger arrives in his household and turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her catches him entirely by surprise.
While Belle is determined to deny her feelings for him, Daniel is caught between his conscience and his infatuation with her. That the two belong together is undeniable, but that it could ever happen seems impossible.
This is the first book that I ever read that was about slavery and the fight for freedom. I find the freedom of slavery era to be quite fascinating, but I never actually read a story about it (besides those history textbooks in school). It was such an emotional story for me. Not necessarily sadness but happiness for the main characters.
Belle was such a strong character to me. She was never easy on herself. She always tried to think of herself as simple and not worthy, but she always tried to make sure other people were okay and safe. That is what I loved about her. She was a hero in her own time period.
Daniel was also one of the best characters that I have read. And that is because he looked past Belle’s past and saw what she would be like in her future. He did not back down in what he believed in. He is an inspiration to all who want to succeed in his level of dedication and determination.
This book beyond amazed me. This book is definitely going to stay in my heart forever!
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