Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Book Review: "The Golden Braid," by Melanie Dickerson
About this book:
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?
If you like fairy-tale romances and Christian fiction, this is the book for you! Often, when I read Christian fiction, it feels like the author wrote it as a mainstream book and then awkwardly stuck in a few Bible verses or praying characters to force it into the Christian genre. That is not the case with this book. The Christian elements are smoothly integrated into the plot as Rapunzel learns to read the Bible, and she and Sir Gerek rely on God’s guidance to smooth the way. I really enjoyed getting to know Rapunzel and Gerek as they both had very troubled childhoods, which strongly shaped their adult views and actions. This was a sweet story that young adults and grown-ups alike will enjoy, with plenty of action and surprises.
Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany, and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.