_225_350_Book.1770.coverIn “The Golden Braid” by Melanie Dickerson, we’re introduced Rapunzel, who longs to learn to read even though it’s not allowed for women in medieval times. She’s also constantly on the move since her mother refuses to let her get close to any man since, according to her mother, they cannot be trusted. When they finally end up moving to a large city, Rapunzel hopes and dreams that she’ll finally be able to learn to read, and it appears that her dream will come true when Sir Gerek comes into the picture after Rapunzel rescues him from danger.

Will Rapunzel finally achieve her dream to learn to read or is this just a ploy by another man who her mother believes cannot be trusted? This book is full of surprises and it’s a nice change from the traditional damsel-in-distress tale that most of us are familiar with. Melanie Dickerson has yet again given us readers a welcome new view to a traditional fairy tale and I look forward to see what else she has to bring in the future.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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_225_350_Book.1573.coverMelanie Dickerson’s “Fairy Tale Romance Collection” comprises of 5 separate novels, which are all basically a retelling of popular fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  The five books in this collection are “The Healer’s Apprentice” (Sleeping Beauty), “The Merchant’s Daughter” (Beauty & the Beast), “The Fairest Beauty” (Snow White), “The Captive Maiden” (Cinderella), and “The Princess Spy” (The Princess and the Frog).  One thing that was interesting in the books that I had read is that you see some of the same characters and places in some of the later novels, bringing a sense of continuity to the collection.

In “The Healer’s Apprentice,” we meet Rose who had just been appointed as a healer’s apprentice in Hagenheim Castle, where she eventually has to tend to the wounds of a future duke under her protector’s watchful gaze.

In “The Merchant’s Daughter,” we meet Annabel, who’s stuck as an indentured servant to a man who’s rumored to be beastly and terrifying.  Will she be able to get through to the real man inside, or will she be stuck in a terrible bind?

In “The Fairest Beauty,” we meet Sophie, who is desperate to escape from her step-mother’s jealousy and is eventually rescued by a young man named Gabe who is from Hagenheim Castle (first seen in “The Healer’s Apprentice”). What happens next in this novel is a gripping tale that will keep you reading until the very end.

In “The Captive Maiden,” we meet Gisela, who is wanting to attend the ball that the boy she has daydreamed about for years is throwing.  When she is able to attend, only the reader will find out what surprises she’s in for.

In “The Princess Spy,” we meet Margaretha, who is a romantic and searching for the man who’s destined to be her one true love.  Will she find what she’s looking for, or will things go drastically bad for all involved?

While I wasn’t able to get through all five novels (only finished the first couple of them), I do plan on finishing out this collection as soon as I’m able and I would definitely recommend this author to my friends based on how much I enjoyed the books that I have finished.  Girls (and possibly some boys) of all ages would enjoy reading this collection since, while based on popular fairy tales, it puts things in a different spin and seems like a brand-new story.

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