Book Review: “The Golden Braid” by Melanie Dickerson

December 3, 2015 at 12:03 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melanie Dickerson in her new book, “Golden Braid book coverThe Golden Braid” Book Six in the Hagenheim series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Rapunzel.

From the back cover:  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 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?

In my mind it was a simple fairy tale about a girl trapped in a tower with very long thick hair. Melanie Dickerson tells an entirely different story. Sir Gerek saves them when Rapunzel and her mother are attacked on the road to Hagenheim. Later Rapunzel rescues Sir Gerek and the friendship really begins. There is all kinds of mystery surrounding Sir Gerek and there are questions regarding Rapunzel’s past. The story is full of romance, mystery, revenge, forgiveness. Rapunzel, Sir Gerek, the mother are richly portrayed and some of them make poor choices which have major consequences through the years. Ms. Dickerson shows us the need for forgiveness redemption, honesty, and reconciliation. You will be flipping pages as fast as you can read because of the  action, adventure, and sweet romance. This book does not disappoint at all.  I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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