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Best for Ages: 15 and up
Yet another brilliant tale from Melanie Dickerson! I have yet to be disappointed by her books. I only have one book of hers that I haven't read and I look forward to it.
I was very curious as to how Melanie was going to pull off a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I was very impressed with the creativity of this tale. Although there are many things that are not a surprise (after all, this is a well-known fairy tale), there were many points in the story where I was on the edge of my seat.
Rose was a sweet character. I loved the struggle within her between becoming a healer and her revolution at the sight of blood. I also really loved that she makes some mistakes when it comes to love, without doing the wrong thing. I think that their needs to be more stories like this to encourage young girls that you can make mistakes, but you can always start to make the right ones.
Lord Hamlin was another honorable hero that I just loved. I really loved his tug between his feelings for Rose and his resolution to remain faithful to his betrothed that he has never met. The contrast between Lord Hamlin and his brother was wonderful.
I must admit, some of the scenes with Moncore and dealing with demons were a little creepy at times. However, I loved that God was stronger than anything that the villain can do. Parents of younger readers might want to read the book first and discuss these scenes with their children.
I highly recommend this book for those who love good morals, fairy tales, and characters you can really cheer for.
The Healer's Apprentice was a wonderful combination of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and historical fiction. I found it very intriguing to learn more about the culture of the Medieval times while reading a fresh spin on an old tale.
I loved the stories intertwined in the novel; Hildy's and Gunther's story especially was the cherry on the top. This book never had a point in the middle where something exciting wasn't going on and I felt like I couldn't put it down. As I got towards the end of the book it was difficult to walk away and I found myself constantly thinking about Rose and Wilhelm throughout the day!
True to a fairy tale, there was a happy ending; several in fact, and I was merrily surprised to find that there was a happy ending in the novel for even Lord Rupert. Indeed this story was charming and I look forward to reading more of Melanie Dickerson's books.
As stated in the book description this is a fairytale based story but it is written as if Sleeping Beauty happened without all the make believe stuff. While I did find it an enjoyable read, I have to say that I didn't like it as much as the previous novel I read by Dickerson (The Fairest Beauty). Still, a good read for a lazy day.
In this tale you will see Lord Hamlin as noble, trustworthy, preserving and trying his best to be honorable and dutiful. Rose is kind and has a servant's heart. She struggles with feelings of being unloved and wanting to find a place where she belongs. There is of course the battle between good and evil. And the moral to the story is all about trusting & waiting upon God & His best for you. So often when we don't, we rush ahead and get in the way... we mess up what God has already planned for us. Waiting upon Him and the good He has for us is always best. He never fails you and He never leaves you. So while some reviewers (those who were upset to find it was a Christian fiction book) lamented this part of the story, I applauded it. The fact that they "did nothing" and waited on God was what Dickerson was after. She even pointed out in the story how if they had of chosen to force their own will it would have messed things up and in the end caused grief not only to them but to others. There are blessings found in waiting upon God and His timing. That's not just in fiction but in real life.
I thought the characters were well written. The romance and relationship between the first and secondary characters came across as both genuine and fresh. I did find the plot to be a little predictable. Early on and throughout the story you could see where things were headed and the mystery wasn't ... Still I enjoyed the book and appreciated Dickerson's twist on the classic tale.
That being said, I LOVED this book! When I picked it up, I had no idea it was tied to a fairy tale. And actually, that is of little consequence to me. It is just a great story, full of mystery, surprises, and strong and appealing characters. I think Lord Hamlin is one of my favorite leading men that I've read in this genre. He is strong, tender, honor-bound, and trying desperately to do the right thing. Rose is equally enjoyable! She is humble, gentle, faithful, and longs to do God's will for her life.
I have recommended it so many times that I had to read it again recently. It still is one of my favorite novels in the Christian Historical Fiction genre. I also loved "The Merchant's Daughter", by the same author, and can't wait for her third novel to come out this month.
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