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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale) Paperback – May 12, 2015
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About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healer’s Apprentice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
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Odette finds herself torn between her growing attraction for the man tasked with catching her and the respectability of marrying another suitor who’s wealth would allow her to help the poor in a more traditional way.
The author does a superb job of exploring the character’s motives and feelings so that the reader understands why they react to each new plot twist they way that they do. Readers who have dealt with betrayal at the hands of friends or family members will especially relate to the main characters, Odette and Jorgen, as they explore what it means to forgive.
The details about medieval life sprinkled throughout the story make the setting come alive without detracting from the plot.
If you’re looking for a great story with a little romance, a little mystery and a lot of character, look no further than The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.
Odette notices all the orphans and decides that it is her Christian duty to help take care of them. Since she is good with a longbow, she decides that she can help feed the children. So by day she teaches them how to read and by night, she hunts deer to feed them. In Robin Hood style, she takes from the rich to give to the poor.
When she meets Jorgan Hartman and finds that he is the margraves forester, she wishes to avoid him. But he is handsome and she does enjoy his company and finds herself in his company more and more. Then he discovers that there is a poacher in Thornbeck Forest and he must find him. After all, he is stealing from the king. Odette asks questions and he tells her all. They seem to be building a relationship until the night of the margraves ball, where Odette dresses as a swam.
Back and forth, Odette has to decide what is best for everyone and what she must do with her life. In true Melanie Dickerson style, the author weaves a tale that both entertains and worries the reader. Will Odette find true love or will she marry for the sake of caring for the orphans? Will Jorgan discover that she is the poacher? And if so, what will her punishment be? The story is intended to be an adult book, but my pre-teen sons enjoyed it too. We are looking forward to more from this author, and in this series.
Melanie Dickerson's books are like a breath of fresh air. Each time I've read one, it has been a refreshing reminder of how sweet young love can be. In a day where books geared towards adults are filled with profanity and freely giving themselves physically to someone else, not to mention what books for young adults have in them, it's nice to read a book that is romantic but still keeps the innocence of the main characters intact.
Another aspect of this story that stood out to me was the theme of integrity. Even though Odette truly felt that her lawbreaking was justified because she was helping others, the story takes her on a journey to see how important it is to have integrity with all things. For Jorgen, he also had to have integrity and stand for what was right even if it might hurt the one he cares about the most. Several of the characters had to be held accountable for their actions. The margrave, who was seen as very harsh and often cold, didn't abuse his position, but administered fair justice as well as grace to those he was in authority over. What a great message in a day and age that often encourages to do just the opposite: lie, steal and cheat to get what you can to get ahead.
This is the sixth book of Melanie's that I've read, and I have yet to be even a bit disappointed! When I finished the last page of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, I had so many good things to take with me to think about beyond just a lovely romance. Jorgan and Odette's desire to risk almost all they had to help the outcasts and low in their community made me think of how my attitude should be for those in my own path in life. So many people we come in contact with have a history that we may know nothing about, and a small, or big, act of kindness towards them can change their life. I was reminded that wealth is a blessing, and it can be there one minute and gone the next. We must be thankful and use the provisions God has given us wisely. These things and so many more have stuck with me. I would definitely recommend this book!
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•I disliked the main characters.