Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review - The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

About the Book:
The Golden Braid
(Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower...

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again---this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight---Sir Gerek---Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

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My Review: 

I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, so was eager to read The Golden Braid.  This is such a creative novel inspired by the story of Rapunzel!    

The book has a fascinating Medieval German setting.  The period details are great, and sure to please fans of historical fiction.

Rapunzel is a sweet and sympathetic character, and it is wonderful (especially for young adult readers) that she has a real thirst for knowledge.  I also liked her romance with Garek (and he was a wonderful romantic hero!).

This is my first read in this series, but the book worked well as a standalone.  I would like to read more books in the Hagenheim series!

The Golden Braid will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers including fairy tale fans, young adult readers, and anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

About the Author:
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Connect with Melanie: website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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