Today’s recommendation is not a direct adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. It’s an adaptation of a similar tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a Norwegian fairy tale. It’s called East, by Edith Pattou.


The story follows Rose, a young girl from a poor family. A White Bear appears at her family’s door one day, promising to give her family riches if Rose will leave with him. She agrees, scared but determined. Rose soon loses her heart to the mystery man who lives in the castle the White Bear brings her to, but loses him just as quickly. She is determined to save him, even if it means going to the mythical land east of the sun and west of the moon.

I discovered this book years ago and it’s one I often come back to. A fun, sweet story, East is a timeless tale of love overcoming all odds.

What are some versions of Beauty and the Beast you enjoy?

Until next time, fellow wonderers!