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From the acclaimed anthology, FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES, comes a tale of romance and second chances set in the Highlands of Scotland!A life is a high price to pay for stealing a rose. But Bonnie vowed long ago to never again let her family suffer because of her actions. So when her father returns from his travels with stories of a remote, ruinous castle and a terrible creatureFrom the acclaimed anthology, FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES, comes a tale of romance and second chances set in the Highlands of Scotland!A life is a high price to pay for stealing a rose. But Bonnie vowed long ago to never again let her family suffer because of her actions. So when her father returns from his travels with stories of a remote, ruinous castle and a terrible creature demanding restitution for theft, she determines to take his place.Alone Bonnie journeys to the home of this legendary beast known as a wulver—half man, half wolf. Can she survive imprisonment by such a monster? Is there more to this wulver than meets the eye? And is he somehow connected to the frightened child who visits Bonnie in her dreams?...

Title : The Wulver's Rose
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ISBN : 9781942379096
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 193 Pages
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The Wulver's Rose Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-04-01 15:09

    When Beauty and the Beast is set in Scotland...and the rose is not what it seems....I love our heroine, Bonnie! She keeps the same sweetness as the original Belle with a fresh vulnerability brought on by the guilt of feeling she's let down her family. The love between family here is all so heart-warming and real. The historical feel of the times is very authentic, the mood flowing from chilling to cozy, the writing lovely and loving....Really, this is just the most beautiful retelling of the beloved classic that I have read! So go treat yourself, it is FREE after all. Probably one of the best free novellas available.

  • Liv Fisher
    2019-03-31 12:26

    I love the setting, I love the heroine, I love the romance, I love the story; this book is amazing.

  • Naomi Sarah
    2019-04-07 16:07

    I was excited to read this, because I've been following Hayden's blog(s) for a looong time. So when I heard it was free on Kindle, I uploaded it immediately and read it in one day. :-)What I liked:1. Hayden, your writing is incredible! I was sucked in the story, and the old Gaelic style captivated me. It was very fairy-tale like, and beautifully written. Congratulations, and all that. :-)2. I loved Bonnie, and I even loved the Beast, in the end. I don't normally love the Beast, so that says a lot.3. The Prologue was super cool. I love books with Prologues. :-)4. My favourite bits were possibly the bits with Bonnie and her sisters. I've always loved the part where the father asks them what he was to bring to them. They felt so real. :-)5. T'was a very enjoyable read! I really liked it. :-)What I didn't like:1. This totally a personal preference - I don't really like fantasy and fairy-tale-style books, so that's why this book wasn't a five-star read.2. I personally also find the Gaelic names and stuff like 'ye' and 'lass' and 'mither' (instead of 'mother') a bit too... old. I got it's charm, but again, that's just a personal preference. :-)Very nice novella. :-)

  • Bryn
    2019-03-24 08:06

    Gorgeously told Beauty and the Beast retelling. Well paced, rich characters, sweet love, historically detailed and rife with old folklore ... but all ending too abruptly, loose ends not tied up and a climax that felt very one dimensional compared to the rest of the story. Sigh ... but still one of the best B&B retellings I've read thus far.

  • English
    2019-04-07 16:16

    Decent story. Enough to keep the reader wanting to carry on and keep them interested. Detail was good, as was the plot- albeit rather slow to develop. I could certainly see echoes of the 'Beauty and the Beast' fairytale it was meant to be based on- just not entirely sure it would make a favourite retelling of mine. One reason I think I was interested in the story is because I saw added to a list I created of 'Medieval Christian Fiction'- but quickly realized it was not Medieval- its set in the mid 1700s. Seriously, just because a story has a castle in it, it does NOT mean its set in the Middle-Ages, and I do rather wish people would not count them as such on this basis.Perhaps because this was a short story (originally published in a collection of five), it did seem a little lacking in terms of development of the characters and of some of the action in the story. Maybe this was because it seemed a little too quick and rushed in terms of the resolution. The accents of the characters also left something to be desired- speaking here as an Englishwoman who has visited Scotland and met plenty of Scottish people. I'm fairly sure this books represented the 'Americanized' and rather exaggerated version of the Scottish accent, that does not entirely resemble any real accent spoken in Scotland- and seriously, just because a story is set in Scotland, do all the characters really have to have obscure 'Celtic' names? I thought names like James, Alexander and Katherine were pretty common in Scotland at this time- and I'm also fairly sure Sioned and Sorcha are Welsh and Irish names respectively, not Scottish. Thanks to the person who loaned me this book. Worthwhile as a quick, clean, light read.

  • E.F.B.
    2019-04-07 16:10

    The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand is a short, sweet retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, available for FREE as an e-book on Amazon. It is also one of five Beauty and the Beast retellings that can be found in the collection entitled, "Five Enchanted Roses".I had already wanted to read the "Five Enchanted Roses" collection, but hadn't had the money to get it, so when I heard that one of the stories was being made available for free, I was more than happy to check it out. I really liked this story. It had a nice, classic feel, the characters, especially the main character (Bonnie) and the Beast, were interesting and likable, and I thought it was all very creatively done. I especially liked the little twist on the titular rose, even if I did figure that part out pretty easily. The story still had me hooked from the very first page, and I would have read it much faster (in less than a week), instead of nearly taking two weeks were it available in something other than e-book form, and also if I hadn't been reading another book at the same time. I'm just not a good reading-multitasker. :P I would recommend The Wulver's Rose to anyone who likes quick reads, and light-hearted, sweet fairytales. Plus, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, it's free, so why not give it a look?P.S. I have also now ordered myself a copy of "Five Enchanted Roses" and I look forward to reading the other retellings in the collection.

  • Emily Chapman
    2019-04-14 12:07

    Frankly, I just loved this story. The writing was superb, the characters were laced with rich simplicity, and the retelling was clever. It was different. It was an unexpected retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, and yet it felt classic, holding all the qualities of a good fairy tale. The romance felt deeper. The love felt truer. To sum up once more, I just loved THE WULVER'S ROSE. Definitely worth reading. :)

  • Skylar Sardin
    2019-04-17 11:27

    Less BoringnessI did not like the way it took forever to get to the main part of the story. It was only good when the Beast came into the story. Overall the book was okay. But not all that.

  • Jack Baillot
    2019-03-27 14:13

    My review

  • Anna
    2019-04-18 09:58

    A jealous witch, a brokenhearted man, and a scared little girl set the stage for this tale. Each walks away physically different. Many years after their confrontation, Bonnie comes into the scene. When she was young, her family lost everything, and she assumed the guilt for it. Right when that happened, she also started having odd dreams and visions that were always the same. So, when her father comes back from a trip telling about how he angered a wulver at his castle (which Bonnie had dreamed of), who has demanded Bonnie in return, she sneaks off to satisfy this demand before she hurts her family any more. What she doesn't expect is that the wulver is a gentleman in every way. The question is how his story, the odd yellow rosebush that blooms in the middle of winter, and the mysterious voice that keeps begging Bonnie for help in her dreams all fit together.This was such a creative story! A Beauty and the Beast retelling set in Scotland, this tale combines fairy tales with the real world, but does so in a believable way. I loved how Hayden incorporated the rose, the servants-turned-housewares, and the enchantress. They all nodded to the original tale we all know and love, but were changed a little so that it felt almost like a different story. My only complaint is that it was not longer. The characters could have been a little bit better developed, the climax could have been a little more dramatic, and there could have been a little more showing and less telling. But all in all, seeing that it is a novella, it was good. I just loved it so much I wanted more. Besides that, everything is clean, and 100% family friendly and so I have no further complaints. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • CM
    2019-04-04 09:58

    This is the fifth story from the Five Enchanted Roses anthology, and it is my favorite! The Wulver's Rose is a historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Hayden Wand. The story is set in Scotland in the 1600s and 1700s. One of the last witches of the world has cursed Lauchlan, her former brother-in-law, and his daughter to be trapped in the forms of a wulver (half-human, half-wolf) and a rosebush. Nearly a century passes, and her curse will soon result in their complete destruction. At about this time, young Bonnie Alleway’s family suffers some terrible losses, and she blames herself for their suffering. They lose their home and their wealth, and two of her siblings suffer severe after-effects to their health. Her brother urges her to forgive herself as he has forgiven her, but she has trouble. Her family relocates to a tiny cottage in rural Scotland where she begins to sense a dark evil and hears a repeated plea for help. For comfort, she clings to her faith and a simple prayer she learned as a child, and she holds onto both of these after her father plucks a rose and a monster demands her in payment for her father’s mistake. Hoping for redemption, Bonnie meets the wulver’s demand, but she still must discover why God has led her to the beast’s castle as well as whose cries she hears in her nightmares.

  • Shali
    2019-03-27 08:19

    Overall, The Wulver's Rose wasn't bad- granted, it wasn't amazing either; it sits solidly in the middle, and can only be called "okay."There are only so many ways you can retell a classic fairytale, and a lot of the story followed Rose Daughter, by Robin McKinley, almost word-for-word. Now, I don't know if that's because they both closely followed the original telling of Beauty and the Beast (as I've never read it), or what. I was just getting a very strong sense of deja vu.As it is, the story is so short that there isn't enough time to properly develop the characters and their relationships. They jump over weeks at a time, within one sentence, just to resolve the love-plot quickly. And while hinting at a Christian background, there really wasn't much by way of showing faith, or anything, besides the one prayer Bonnie chants throughout the book.So, really, it's just... okay.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-22 08:09

    I thought this was one of the best Beauty and the Beast retelling's I have ever read. I'm not a huge fan of fairy tale retelling's as they are so predictable. The writing in this story however, was beautiful and I loved the path that the author chose to take with this story. Great characters, great time period...I have no complaints about the book whatsoever and I highly recommend it.

  • Candice
    2019-03-28 14:13

    This is a bowl of fresh strawberries, blueberries, an the occasional raspberry thrown in. My point? It's a charmingly sweet read that's guilt free! Most everyone plays nice and it's quite lovely. Great work!

  • jacinda
    2019-04-16 10:59

    This was a pretty good book. I will say that the relationship between Bonnie and Lauchlan developed a bit awkwardly. It felt a little stilted at times, but it was a short story so it's understandable. Overall, it was a sweet and short read.

  • Kat
    2019-04-11 09:18

    An interesting take on Beauty and the Beast but it added more than it embellished. It was interesting that this author knew the original and used it. You can tell when an author is retelling Disney's version not Villinuve or Beaumont's. A good tale but not wow.

  • Mischale DeShazer
    2019-03-26 10:11

    Beauty and the BeastProbably my favorite of all fairy tales. Beauty and the Beast captured me before I was ten. I the was. lovely retelling of the story. I know,I will read it again and look for other titles by this author.

  • Peggi Nunley
    2019-03-30 16:10

    Beauty and the beastRetelling of Beauty and the Beast . Well written, fast read beautiful story of love. One of my favorite fairytales

  • Laura
    2019-04-04 11:10

    A sweet retelling and easy to read.

  • Heather
    2019-03-30 15:15

    GreatLovely retelling of beauty and the beast but set in the Highlands of Scotland. A jealous sister in law whom Dibbles into ol druid magic curses her brother in law and niece .

  • Jill
    2019-03-27 12:25

    A lovely "Beauty and the Beast" retelling set in Scotland, sweet and classic in style, and beautifully written. Ideal for any lover of fairy tales, and appropriate for 12 and up.