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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Golden Braid (A Rapunzel re-telling) by Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson has a series that is a re-telling of the Medieval Fairy Tales. The Golden Braid (A Rapunzel fairy tale re-telling) is the 6th book in the Hagenheim/Fairy Tale Romance Series. The others are as follows:
1. The Healer's Apprentice (A Sleeping Beauty re-telling)
2. The Merchant's Daughter (A Beauty and the Beast re-telling)
3. The Fairest Beauty (A Snow White re-telling)
4. The Captive Maiden (A Cinderella re-telling)
5. The Princess Spy (A Frog Prince re-telling)

Melanie Dickerson also has another Medieval Fairy Tale called The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest (Robin Hood meets Swan Lake).
So, take some time to read below about the book, the author and my review!
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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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

My Review:
I had a hard time putting this book down.  The story was interesting since I remembered some bits about Rapunzel...mainly, that she was kept in a tower. I liked that the story was new but included some familiar aspects.  I love a novel that can get me hooked from page one and keep me quickly turning pages until the end. Rapunzel's character has been fed fear all her life which has kept her from venturing too far on her own.  It's fun to see her break free and want something different in life.  I think in someways we all struggle with an area of fear in our lives.  We all want to be brave enough to break free and pursue our dreams. This would be a great book to pick up if you're looking for some fun reading.  I'm looking forward to picking up the other books in this series too!
You can read more about what others thought of this book by visiting the blog tour page by clicking here.

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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