When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and golden boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness—one that causes deformity and turned him into a real-life monster. Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3 rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…
As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head… in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart
What I Expected: A BATB retelling with a Southern Gothic Flare. Maybe on the lines of The Artisans and The Curse Girl which are also BABT retellings with a Southern Gothic flare.
What I got: A BATB retelling with a Southern Gothic Flare mixed with a a pair of Ghosts hunting a family,a murder mystery,money extortion,under the table deals,a crooked sheriff and a corrupted politician trying to hide all his secrets all the while two teens learning to see beauty of the other within…….
Yeah Much more than a Beauty and Beast retelling.
This is probably one of the best BATB retellings I’ve read! ( Yes Better than ACOTAR and that’s saying something lol)
Yes I highly recommend this one!