Why: The book ended abruptly. It had no real ending, but left everything to imagination.
Beauty, Hope, and Grace, along with their father and Hope's husband move into the country, because of her father's failed business. When news of a ship that had been lost reaches them, their father goes and sees the captain. Coming back, he strays into the Beast's castle, in the Enchanted Wood.
He enters and is treated well, but when leaving, he plucks a rose for his daughter, Beauty. The Beast is angry, and says he must give him one of his daughters.
Her father returns home and explains, and Beauty volunteers after some heavy thinking.
They leave and the Beast is kind to her. They ride horses toghether, and though he is a Beast, she falls in love with him. While visiting her family for the first and last time, she realizes this, while telling Grace of her long lost lover's appearance that she saw in the Beast's looking glass. She returns home after a twelve hour ride, not able to find the road that would lead her back to the castle. She makes her way to the Beast, and says she wants to marry him and he becomes the beautiful prince she saw in the portraits.
Her family comes to the wedding with the rest of the village, along with all the invisible servants lurking in the castle.
Overall: I liked it. McKinley gets major kudoes from me. I would have liked it better if it had a little more "mature content" (not sex, but love) in it instead of just being bland. Maybe I am just being biased from reading all those Harlequin Romance novels?