Saturday, November 21, 2015

#REVIEW: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Title: The Golden Braid
Series: Medieval Fairy Tale Romance #2
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Published Date: November 17, 2015
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Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: 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 this knight 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 is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. 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?
My review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have really enjoyed reading this series of Melanie Dickerson's. It is set in the medieval German city of Hagenheim, which if you have read some of the author's previous fairy tale retellings, will be very familiar to you. We meet an innocent and pure-hearted young woman by the name of Rapunzel, and her seemingly agoraphobic adopted mother, Gothel, as they are about to flee yet another small village, for unknown reasons only clear in Gothel's twisted mind.
Rapunzel struggles during the story to balance her love of learning and need for independence, with Gothel's erratic behavior and demands. As the story continues, Sir Garek is introduced, a landless knight who struggles with his past, and questions God. On the other hand, Rapunzel's faith is unwavering.
This is yet another wonderful retelling of a classic fairytale, with a faith based thread in it that is not overwhelming to the reader.

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