Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Save: $5.64 (31%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Dearest (The Woodcutter S... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Hardcover book in Very Good condition with a few small blemishes such as dogears or minimal markings; a very good binding; and, a jacket that is very good with perhaps a couple of minor blemishes. FBA. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. We ship daily Monday-Friday. Delivery confirmation included. This book qualifies for PRIME and FREE SHIPPING!....PROBLEM WITH ORDER-CONTACT US FOR A QUICK SOLUTION..SATISFIED- PLEASE GIVE US FIVE STAR FEEDBACK!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Dearest (The Woodcutter Sisters) Hardcover – February 3, 2015

4.2 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Woodcutter Sisters Series

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$12.35
$6.03 $1.99

Make This Summer A Classic
The War That Saved My Life
Summerlost
The BFG
$12.35 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Dearest (The Woodcutter Sisters)
  • +
  • Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters)
  • +
  • Enchanted (The Woodcutter Sisters)
Total price: $37.05
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Friday takes center stage in this follow-up to the companion tales about the Woodcutter's daughters, Enchanted (2012)—in which Sunday kisses a frog—and Hero (2013, both Houghton Harcourt), featuring Saturday. Kontis continues to artfully interweave fairy-tale plots and nursery-rhyme references, as Friday (who is, true to form, loving and giving) sews patchwork outfits and tends to the refugee children in the kingdom of Arilland, now ruled by Sunday and ex-frog Rumbold. While investigating a tower, she almost falls into the sea, rescued from certain death by seven swans, who can return to their human forms only at night. One swan in particular, Tristan, captures her heart, and with the help of Rampion (an enchanted servant and sister to the swans) and others, Friday sets out to break the spell and save Arilland from destruction by the evil Mordant, Gana, and the Infidel. Readers will enjoy spotting storybook references from many sources (helpers named Wendy, John, and Michael; a town called Hammelyn). Magical adventure, occasional humor, and moments of gentle romance make this a good choice for younger to mid-teen readers. Enchanted, Hero, and now Dearest will be at home in most libraries, and with more sisters to tell their tales, the series looks sure to continue, which will please fans.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

Review

"Magical adventure, occasional humor, and moments of gentle romance make this a good choice for younger to mid-teens. Enchanted, Hero, and now Dearest will be at home in most libraries."
—School Library Journal

"A mashup of the original seven swan brothers fairy tale, ingeniously woven with new twists. . . . Magic abounds."
—VOYA

"With her trademark wit and clever world building, this will easily appeal to fans of the series as well as readers who love fractured fairy tales."
—Booklist

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Woodcutter Sisters (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544074076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544074071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
SO. We all know that I love fairy tales. And while I'd had the Woodcutter Sisters on my TBR for years, a couple of months ago I wouldn't have even been able to tell you where my copy of Enchanted (book 1) was. Truthfully, I still don't know, but that sad fact was made irrelevant when I snagged the kindle version on sale for $1.99. *fist pumps*

Anyway, the reason I hadn't actually gotten around to reading Kontis is . . . pretty silly . . .

You see . . . I made an assumption.

Along with the delightful mashup of classic fairy tale characters, and the new adventures they have in this series, Kontis also writes children's books. Small children's books. Small children's alphabet books.

And so . . . I decided the version of fairy tale she would tell would be of the cutesy, heroine with a vacant gaze variety.

Then came Dragon Con.

I mostly followed the Urban Fantasy tract, but (fortuitously) there was a bit of UF/YA crossover, and in the Back to the Roots: Incorporating Folklore & Mythology in Urban Fantasy panel there were several YA authors, one of which was Alethea Kontis . . .

I realized within minutes of making her acquaintance that I had made a terrible mistake.

Not only was she hilarious and wildly entertaining, but . . . when she began lamenting how most of her target audience was completely unfamiliar with anything but the Disney version of fairy tales, and how the original stories were seriously dark, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. She even used my favorite example to make her point: The Seven Ravens, in which the child heroine has to cut off her own finger to use the bone as a key when rescuing her brothers.

Ooohhh yeaaaaaah. Brothers Grimm, baby!
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
Alethea Kontis gets better with every book she writes. I fell in love with the Woodcutter sisters in Enchanted, fell in deeper with Hero, and have completely lost myself in Dearest. Friday’s story was endearing and wonderful. It doesn’t hurt that the story focused on some of my favorite fairy tales as well: The Wild Swans and The Goose Girl.

The story picks up just before Saturday broke the world and we get to see what the rest of her family was doing while she was away. In the wake of the disaster Friday takes it upon herself to care for all of the children in the families who’ve been misplaced by the giant ocean. Eventually she stumbles upon Tristan and his brothers sleeping in the castle’s tower, there is an immediate connection between the two and Friday sets out to help break their curse. This sets in motion a chain of events that will take Friday further than she’d ever imagined, and teaches her more about herself and love than she ever would have staying at home.

Friday’s story is my favorite of the Woodcutter Sisters series so far. Her adventure is exciting and delightful and also very funny. It was wonderful to see her blossom from the quiet character I’d seen her as in previous books to a confident woman who was willing to go to great lengths to save those she cared about.

It’s often difficult to juggle multiple characters but Alethea does it with great ease. Tristan along with each of his siblings were all wonderful characters, each with their own personalities. The other characters included in this book were all enjoyable as well, I found myself particularly drawn to Conrad and Friday’s darlings, Michael, John, and Wendy (yes like in Peter Pan).
Read more ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoy fairy tales, and absolutely love retellings. So you can imagine my excitement when I first discovered Alethea Kontis and her Woodcutter Sisters series. Dearest, as well as the other two books Enchanted and Hero, are mesmerizing. They tell tales of wonder and hope, enticing me as if Kontis is the Pied Piper. I am a fan, and I love the series.

Dearest by Alethea Kontis, is the third book in the series, and follows the tale of Friday Woodcutter. Friday is kind and loving, and is an apprentice with a world renowned seamstress, thanks to her dear sister Sunday. But a storm caused by Wednesday has ended that apprenticeship, and has altered Friday's life. She is back in the castle and discovers seven brothers that are cursed to be swans during the day. A spell must be broken, but will Fate allow it? And most importantly, will Friday's love be able to break the spell?

Friday Woodcutter is an enjoyable heroine. Where Sunday was a dreamer and Wednesday was fierce, Friday was sweet. She is someone to love and adore, because I would think that she would want the same for you. She is kind and loved. And one thing that I felt Kontis wanted to be clear about was that Friday loved and was loved in return. There's magic in love, a bit natural and a bit from magic itself. Friday was selfless and gained an army of followers to help break the cause.

I love, love, love how Kontis always includes different fairy tales into one story. Kontis has reinvented the Darlings from Peter Pan, The Six Swans by Brother's Grimm, Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, and many more. She weaves them together so seamlessly, and I always get enchanted by her stories.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Dearest (The Woodcutter Sisters)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Dearest (The Woodcutter Sisters)

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: sailors fiction, siblings, house of night books