Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Melanie Dickerson's The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
ISBN: 978-0718026264
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Purchase the book: Hardcover | Kindle

 Blurb: 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?

“The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.”

—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

Oh my! The Golden Braid is another outstanding book written by Melanie Dickerson. Beautifully designed book cover. I love how the author captures your mind from the very first paragraph of the story and keeps it until you begrudgingly turn the very last page. Her writing style is simply amazing. The story leaps off the page and into your imagination as though you are watching a movie. The Golden Braid is a refreshing new twist on the old story of Rapunzel. Parts of the book had me cheering for Rapunzel yet fussing at Gothel. I mean how can one woman be so evil? But the part I loved the most was Gerek and Rapunzel's courtship. So sweet.

The only thing that I did not like about the book was that the story was over too soon. I hope Miss Dickerson has more in store for the characters of this book. It would make an amazing series. Another job well done! I highly recommend not only this book but all of the books by Miss Dickerson. She is the James Patterson of fairy tales.

I gave this a rating of 5 stars out of a total of 5 stars.

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