The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance
Series: Hagenheim / Fairy Tale Romance, Book Six
Most of us are familiar with the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Melanie Dickerson brings the fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot. Unlike most retellings, there is no magic or evil powers. We are only dealing with a woman who is twisted and wicked by her past and therefore tries to do it to others.
Seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother, Gothel, in medieval Hagenheim. She can throw a knife, paint beautiful flowers and vines, sing beautifully, but there are two things that she’s afraid that her mother will never allow her to do. That is to learn to read and to marry. In fact, every time a man shows interest in Rapunzel, Gothel makes them pack up and move to another place.
Gothel is a midwife so she is always out and about while Rapunzel remains at home painting flowers and vines on the walls of their home or writing a new song. Gothel tries to “protect” her daughter by shutting her out from the real world. The journey then proves to be treacherous after having been rescued by a knight, Sir Gerek. Rapunzel then in turn saves his life further down the road. Sir Gerek is forced to teach Rapunzel how to read while he is stuck in bed recovering from his wounds.
What’s even neater is that she learns to read to by learning to read the Scriptures. During this time, she begins to question her mother and her true motives. Eventually she discovers a family secret that will completely change her life forever.
It’s definitely a tale that is unique and readers will enjoy over and over again. It is a story of faith without it being preachy which is something that I loved.
It is also part of the Medieval Fairy Tale series, but you don’t have to read the books in order to understand what’s going on. This was my first Melanie Dickerson novel and I was impressed. I plan on visiting more of her books, especially the ones that take us to Hagenheim.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About Melanie Dickerson
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. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.