November 21, 2015

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: November 17, 2015
Number of pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Christian Fiction

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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What did I think of this book:
This is actually a young adult book but I enjoyed it just as well. It is nice that you can have an element of faith but it is not an in your face kind. For me this makes the meaning more meaningful. I enjoyed the author's take on Rapunzel's story to get a point across. In the past I have enjoyed other books by this author and I have to say this one was right up there among the best ones she has written. I thought the characters were well developed and very strong. This is a second book in the fairy tale series but can be read as a stand alone book. If you enjoy reading a new turn on fairy tales then this book is for you. I will be looking forward to the next book by this author. 

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.

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