Huntress of Thornbeck Forest,Medieval Fairy Tale Romance Series #`1
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Odette is caught up in a ring of black market sellers of poached animals. She thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. However, most of the animals are being sold by the greedy leader of the ring-her stepfather. When Odette discovers what he is doing, she threatens to expose him, putting herself in great danger.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Medieval Fairy Tale Romance
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A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor.
A handsome forester on a mission to catch her.
Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.
The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles aroundand who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margraves forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.
The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healers Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Medieval Tale of Stealth and Romance!June 27, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Odette Menkels sleeps by day and hunts by night; determined to use her extraordinary skills to feed the poor and orphaned children of Thornbeck. Following a chance meeting with the margrave's new young forester, Jorgen Hartman, Odette becomes grossly conflicted about continuing to poach the king's deer population, especially after learning that Jorgen has found evidence of a poacher and has sworn to locate and bring to justice those who are responsible. But Odette's uncle, her guardian since the childhood death of her parents, is curiously dependent on Odette's after hours occupation, and he insists that she marry the rich son of the mayor, Mathis, in order to ensure that the impoverished children, whom Odette adores, will continue to have food, long after Odette's poaching days are over. There is only one problem, Odette's heart has already attached itself to another.
It is obvious early on in this story that Odette's secrets and Jorgen's honesty will reach a climax; thus transforming a simply good story into a page turner. Enjoy every minute of "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest"!
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5One of those books that makes you go ahhhh.June 16, 2015Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh I needed that! What a pleasant book to read. This is a Medieval Fairy Tale that is Christian Romance. Could I figure out what was likely to happen? Yes. It's loosely based on Swan Lake and Robin Hood. But I very much enjoyed the way it was told and has its own plot twists.
Odette was orphaned when little and later taken in by her Uncle. Because she can identify, she becomes a huntress at night in the Margrave's forest, thinking she is taking deer to feed the poor. As it turns out the meat is actually being sold on the black market instead, but she doesn't know it. She does feel badly though when she meets Jorgen, the Forester and begins to care for him. He's charged with finding the poacher - whom he thinks may have killed his adoptive father. (Jorgen was orphaned around the same time as Odette had been.)
Get this book for a pleasing way to relax and just be entertained. I really enjoy Melanie Dickerson's writing style. And you have to love that cover! I'll be first in line when the next book comes out.
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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!June 16, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a captivating read! Dickerson has a way with words that makes me feel like I've careened back in time to a fairy tale land where swoonworthy heroes are no match for their cunning heroines and where good and evil are in a constant battle. I love that she's started this new fairy tale series for adults! I've never grown out of my love for the genre and fairy tale retellings are among my favourite reads.
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest has all the essential ingredients of a beloved classical tale. A hero with an impossible task, a heroine who might just need rescuing (though she's pretty spunky!), plenty of subterfuge, a nefarious villain and, of course, the ultimate triumph of good over evil. But that doesn`t mean this read is predictable. It`s anything but! In fact, I got to a point where I couldn`t turn the pages fast enough in my desperate bid to find out what happened next. And through it all, the author maintains the cadence of storytelling from days of yore. Simply put: the kind of read that makes your heart happy.
Sierra Faith5 Stars Out Of 5Thank you, Melanie Dickerson, for another fantastic read!June 6, 2015Sierra FaithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson.
Genre(s): Christian, Romance.
Favorite Quote: Jorgen kissed her like a man dying of thirst and she was the only source of water.
Age Range: I would recommend this to ages 15+ due to hunting and romance.
POV: First person, switches between Odette and Jorgen.
I was super impressed by this book. Melanie's other books are YA and she did a fantastic job of transitioning to an adult story. I enjoy Melanie's characters and her writing.
I love Odette's personality. She loves the orphans, and her goal is to care for them because she didn't have anyone to love her when she was younger. When situations get hard she displays patience and kindness instead of anger.
The bickering between Odette and Brother Phillip had me laughing! They both used scripture to argue, and Brother Phillip took offense. It definitely had to be one of my favorite scenes.
I did not see the plot twist coming! It happened, and I was like "Wha-?!" This was great because I hate it when the storyline is predictable.
Thank you, Melanie Dickerson, for another fantastic read!
Maria3 Stars Out Of 5Not as good as her other books.June 4, 2015MariaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson is the first book in the Tales of Thornbeck. I was super excited to read the author's newest book especially when I found out it was a mix of the Swan Princess and Robin Hood! But for me, the book did not live up to expectations. It just wasn't as good as the other fairy tale retellings. It started out pretty slow, and I had to force myself to keep on reading until I got about two-thirds of the way through. I thought it got interesting and more fast paced around there.
Odette Menkel is grateful to her uncle for rescuing her from the awful situation she lived in after her parents died. Now she is about to turn twenty-one and is still without a husband. Her uncle has never forced her to marry any of his business associates or friends even though it would be within his right. But if she married, she would have to give up her freedom of teaching and providing for the city's orphans. For the past year, she has been poaching deer from the margrave's forest, and she is becoming weary from lack of sleep and the guilt nagging at her. Is it really alright to steal the king's deer to feed the helpless? Or should she just marry to provide for the orphans?
Jorgen Hartman is the margrave's newly appointed forester. His adopted father was killed by a poacher four years ago so when Jorgen finds an arrow different from the margrave's in the forest he immediately begins to keep an eye out for the poacher. Jorgen is convinced it's the same man who killed his father and is determined to bring him to justice. What will happen when he finds out the poacher is a woman?
I liked how Odette was determined to help as many orphans as she could. She didn't let her good fortune make her forget what is was like to go hungry or to not be able to go to the town school. Jorgen really shone at the end of the book. He acted unexpectedly leaving me pleasantly surprised. I love to find a character doing something that's not what you suspected he'd do.
I was a little bored with the story because I had figured out the mystery early on, and I kept hoping I would be proven wrong. But I wasn't, and I was left wishing there was more depth, intrigue, and suspense. It was still a pretty good story overall, and I'm still interested in reading the next book in the series.
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