Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Golden Braid (Medieval Fairy Tale Romance #2) by Melanie Dickerson

Title: The Golden Braid (Medieval Fairy Tale Romance #2)
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 368
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: Medieval Fairy Tale (set in 1413 Germany)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

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

     Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of an artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

     After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars – surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

     After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

     But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything – except her happily ever after.

My review:

     An absolutely delightful retelling of Rapunzel's story!

     This is the first book by Melanie Dickerson that I have ever read. I LOVED IT! I will definitely be reading her other books! It is a huge plus for me that I still have my “little girl” love of a good fairy tale princess story.

     It seems to be a stand-alone story even though it is the second book in a series. If characters in this book were in the first one there is enough information about them that I never felt confused as to who each person was.

     The characters are so wonderfully presented that I was able to connect with them and really understand them. I loved both Rapunzel and Sir Gerek. There are a number of secondary characters that I also felt a connection with.

     At the same time it was very easy to absolutely hate Mother Gothel and a couple of the other characters, they just oozed with evil intentions. There was no guessing as to who the “bad guys” were in this story.

     The story development was fantastic. It was definitely a new story for this popular fairy tale character. There were just enough elements that were kept the same so that there was no doubt as to which fairy tale it was taken from.

     I really enjoyed how much dependence the main characters had on God. I found it to be very refreshing and encouraging.

     I have no choice but to give this incredible story, 5 stars and highly recommend it. It was a joy to spend part of my leisure time immersed in it.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Debora! So happy you liked it! Actually, this is book #6 in the Fairy Tale Romance series. There is some confusion on a couple of sites, I know, about the book order and which books are in which series. Sorry about that! I will get my publisher to work on fixing that! :-) The previous book was The Princess Spy, #5 in that series. :-) But they are all stand alones, too. Thanks for the review!