Monday, November 30, 2015

RETELLING OF FAIRY TALES

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?


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.

MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is my first and will not be my last read from Melanie.   Who ever thought that you could re-tell a fairy tale?  Melanie has done it in the re-telling of Rapunzel.

Rapunzel has moved from village to village.  Anytime she thinks her mother is settling them down and she begins to make friends or a guy gets close enough to ask for her hand in marriage, her mother packs all of their belongings and moves them to a new village. 

This time they move to a city instead of a village.   The road is treacherous and they end up being rescued by Sir Gerek the knight.   His kindness makes an impression on Rapunzel, but her mother wants no part of him and puts off his kindness.

Will Rapunzel discover the secrets from long ago that her mother kept hidden from her?   Will Sir Gerek be the one true friend she can turn to in need and help her?   Come join Melanie on this re-telling of Rapunzel.