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The Orphan's Wish Hardcover – June 26, 2018
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'Questions regarding self-doubt, self-worth, and imperfection pervade this tale laced with evil, greed, jealousy, overindulgence, and violence. Christian fiction fans will relish Dickerson's eloquent story. VERDICT A good choice where retellings are popular.' (School Library Journal)
About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. 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 daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Visit her online at MelanieDickerson.com; Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.
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The plot was okay. The book was alright, and there are some nice continuations from her previous stories, but The Orphan's Wish is really not the quality of story I have come to expect from Melanie Dickerson.
The writing is engaging and suitable to teen audiences. While there is no hint of sex even at the end of the book there are elements of violence as there is a kidnapping and an abusive relationship is depicted with secondary characters. If it wasn’t for that I would feel comfortable sharing this story with younger children though the tale might not engage them as much.
There was one thing that I found that really drew me out of this story and that was one of Kirstyn’s sisters is named Rapunzel. I’m assuming the writer wanted to connect two different books but in this case the names weren’t enough alike in style to be from the same family and the connection felt forced. (Perhaps if I read the other tale this would make sense but I haven’t.) It was jarring every time I saw her name in print.
All of that taken into account I did enjoy the book. My mother and I often exchange books and often I’ll start one thinking “Mom would enjoy this” only to get to the end and be disappointed with one or more aspect of the book. This book was consistent in quality through out and I would be willing to recommend it to my mother and aunts.