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Lord Hamlin and Lord Rupert, sons of the duke of Hagenheim, come home after being away for some years and both fall in love with Rose. As the eldest, Lord Hamlin has been betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring ruler since he was very young. Lord Rupert will inherit very little and would be prudent to find a wife with a rich dowry. As Rose become friends with both young men, she is aware that anything more than friendship is not likely, even as Rupert begins making strides towards a courtship.
Having never met his betrothed, Lord Hamlin works hard to curb his attraction to Rose and stay faithful to the unknown Lady Salomea, whom he will finally meet in a few months. Lady Salomea has been in hiding many years, as her life has been threatened by the evil Moncore. Deciding to try to catch Moncore so his betrothed will be safe at last, Lord Hamlin encourages Rose to marry Rupert and leaves on his quest.
But when Lord Rupert's motives become suspect and a strange man begins shadowing Rose, it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Loosely based on "Sleeping Beauty," this tale brings us mystery, danger, hope, and a reminder that though God's plans often take us by surprise, they are always exactly right. How good to remember our trustworthy God during the sometimes dark and uncertain days we all go through!
I'm so glad I have been able to read a couple of Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retellings, and I can't wait to read more. Stay tuned for future reviews.
Rose isn't only strong but smart and gifted in writing. She captures the attention of two men in this book, one of whom I whole heartedly rooted for, and the other who I thought could become sweet or was somewhat sweet. The tension of her relationships where palpable and amazing to read about. Melanie Dickerson really brought Rose, Frau, and everyone else to life for me. I found myself more and more interested in their lives and personalities as I read along. And I read this book in a day! I could NOT put this book down for the life of me! Well...I couldn't put my kindle down anyway!
I will never regret buying this book. It's defiantly on my list of 'top ten books to re-read endlessly'! I highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction, romance, and even those into the paranormal. There's only a few hints of 'magic' in this book until the end where there's about a chapter or so with a magical fight. Mostly it's all historical fiction/romance though so if you don't like paranormal books, don't be put off by that!
Buy it!! You won't regret it! Melanie Dickerson, I'm looking forward to reading every other book you publish!
Author Melanie Dickerson recreates the town and people of Hagenheim very convincingly, portraying an intelligent but illiterate community and a Catholic church awkwardly wedded to the castle and its human lord. Rose's problems with blood are achingly convincing, and it's pleasing to see her learn to overcome them a she and the reader learn more of her trade. But bigger issues loom. The older prince captures Rose's heart, a match that can never be allowed. And the younger prince challenges her for stolen affections.
The Healer's Apprentice is a Christian novel, as becomes apparent about a third of the way in, though references to "conjurers of pagan magic" herald the way much earlier. A message that "God... will make a way for us," is threaded through a story that slowly grows closer to the familiar fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Daughter of the woodcutter, prince of the realm, the threat of an evil curse... it's pleasantly satisfying when all the pieces come together.
I probably wouldn't recommend this novel to non-Christians--the timeliness of God's assistance may not seem so convincing without prior belief. But it's a lovely period tale, offering a pleasing suggestion that Catholics in olden days were just as deeply Christian, praying just as willingly as any Christians today. And the reminder of God's faithfulness is always welcome.
Disclosure: I can't remember when I bought this but I'm glad I did.