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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson - Book Blog Tour Stop and 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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My Thoughts:

I have loved fairy tales since I was a little girl, and the story of Rapunzel and her beautiful long hair was always a favorite of mine.  So I was intrigued when I was asked to review author Melanie Dickerson's latest book, "The Golden Braid," which is a retelling of Rapunzel's story.  And my hopes for a great read were rewarded!

Dickerson takes the age-old story of Rapunzel and gives her a make-over of the most glorious kind.  Setting the story in the age of the Holy Roman empire, Dickerson gives the tale a Christian touch which blends in beautifully with the charming and intriguing story of a young girl who finds she's not who she thought she really was, and the handsome knight who helps her find her way. The characters who surround the main couple are fascinating, especially the old crone Gothel who had snatched Rapunzel away as a young child. The setting of the German villages and castles were spectacular and Dickerson brings them to the cast and background to life with her masterful storytelling skills.

Fans of fairy-tales, and mother-daughter stories will adore "The Golden Braid." This novel is suitable for teenage girls as well as adult women, and Dickerson adds discussion questions in the back of the book that makes it ideal for book club selections as well. This is the sixth book in Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance series, but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel. I highly recommend the book and I fully intend to go back and start at the beginning of this unique and endearing series!

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

Check out her website at www.melaniedickerson.com for more info on her books.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and to Thomas Nelson Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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