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.
TheJewelryWhispererCaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Story and Perfect for young girlsMay 18, 2015TheJewelryWhispererCaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Dickerson is an expert story teller. She creates worlds where you fall in love with the male hero and long to be the female heroine.
Each of her books has an essence of purity, adventure, faith and excitement. Her books are enjoyable to read as an adult and amazing enough to share with my 11 year old twin daughters.
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest has quickly become of on my favorite Dickerson titles.
At the conclusion of reading the first chapter...I knew that I was hooked and was quickly enthralled with Odette and Jorgen.
Odette is the main character and heroine in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. If her name and title of the book bring images of The Swan Princess or Robin Hood...it is intentional. As in all of Melanie's books...there is a hint of a familiar fairy tale woven into her stories.
Odette is a strong-willed but gentle person who has a heart for the orphans in her village, but she also has the courage to do something about it. She places herself, her family and her legacy at risk as she continues to help those that are less-fortunate then herself.
Her plans, while risky, seem to work smoothly until she meets Jorgen.
Jorgen. Wow! The moment he spoke...I was in love. He is kind, dependable, hard working, fair, honest and most of all faithful. Faithful to his family, to God, to his boss and even to his friendship with Odette. If ever there was a character that was swoon worthy...it is Jorgen.
Odette is also a "swoon worthy" character....she has a love for theology (although no one can know she is studying it) and a faith and a hope for a better tomorrow regardless of her circumstances. She is the type of woman that you'd love to have as a friend and confidante.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words but I firmly believe that if you have a great story and a gifted writer then the words can create a thousand pictures and an entire world.
Thanks to Melanie Dickerson I have found a new world that just happens to be set in a Medieval fairy tale....and I loved it.
CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Maiden By Day, Enemy Poacher By NightMay 13, 2015CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5You could have any unmarried man in Thornbeck, and marriage is made more difficult when you are poor. I am simply trying to look out for what is best for you.
Odette nodded and stared down at the table. She wanted love, but if she kept poaching, sooner or later Jorgen would find out. Could he love her then?
Book: Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2015
Genre: Fairy Tale
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Truth, Ethics, Love, Charity
Summary: All she wants is for those poor orphans to be fed. The ones like herself. After her parents died, she was on the streets for a few years before her uncle found her and adopted her. Now she wants to use what she has to bless the others. The problem is that she and her uncle dont have much. His business is getting deeper and deeper into debt. Her only option is to marry a rich man or to hunt the margraves deer. Since theres no guarantee any of the men she meets will allow her to use their money on orphans, shes left to her own skills with the bow. At night the beautiful maiden sneaks into the forest, becoming the hated poacher and enemy of the law. The deer are decreasing significantly in number and the margraves forester is taking notice. Having lost his father to a murderous poacher, Jorgen is determined to not let this one escape! Justice will be done! Little does he know, the hated enemy he seeks is none other than the beautiful maiden he is losing his heart to!
Notes: The latest in the collection of Fairy Tales by Melanie Dickerson, Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest is a mixture of Swan Princess and Robin Hood. It has the beautiful maiden becoming something else by night. And it has the outlaw robbing from the rich to aid the poor. The spiritual emphasis is well done in this book. Odette is constantly questioning whether or not she is doing the right thing. A scene early on in the book shows her debating with the monk who tutors her, using Scripture to argue with the monk trying to tell her she is not behaving appropriately. She uses this to her advantage and disadvantage as she wrestles with her decision to break the law to help the poor. She feels breaking the law is wrong, but the Bible says to care for the needs of the poor. She knows where the source of truth and ultimate authority can be found, even if she wrestles with how it can support or contradict her decision. She also knows where to turn for help and prays when in trouble. Jorgen does the same thing.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4.5/5
Psalm 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
James 1:27 - Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Romans 13:1 - Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Thank you to the author/publisher for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I enjoyed it!
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent New Offering From Melanie DickersonMay 13, 2015SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of my fondest memories of childhood was my mama reading fairy tales to me. I loved reading more than anything. Still do. Now I've found an author who writes fairy tales with a Christian theme. And what a great job she does, too! I have now read all Melanie Dickerson's books and this is why grown ups should still read fairy tales!
Melanie combines the stories of Robin Hood and Swan Lake in this offering, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Odette poaches deer from the Margrave of Thornbeck's forest to feed the starving children of her village. Jorgen is the forester for Thornbeck Forest, sworn to punish every poacher he finds. However, after meeting at a dance in the village, these two begin to like each other. However, Odette knows who Jorgen is and what he does. Nothing bodes well for either of them.
This is not a book for just young people. It reads well for an adult. Clean, well written with wonderfully developed characters and with a wonderful Christian message. That message, in my opinion, was this: No matter what you fear, how bad things seem to be, God can work everything out for good in the end. Then our fears seem small, compared with God's provision for His children.
I don't think I'll ever be too old for fairy tales as long as Melanie Dickerson writes them!
*I was provided with a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Huntress of Thornbeck ForestMay 12, 2015KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: A Medieval Fairy Tale, by Melanie Dickerson, is an enticing tale that reminds one of Robin Hood. Set in the northeast German portion of the Roman Empire in 1363, it includes a unique heroine and an intelligent, brave hero that capture the readers heart from the very beginning.
Odette Menkels lives with her uncle and teaches orphans to read by day, but by night she hunts on the margraves land, providing meat for the poorest residents of Thornbeck. Having been a hungry orphan early in her own life, she not only sympathizes, but acts upon her emotions by using her incredible hunting abilities. Jorgen Hartman, the margraves forester, knows there is a poacher on the land, but has been unable to catch him. The two meet during a dance, each unaware that the other is the enemy, and are instantly attracted. When Odette realizes the problem, she is torn between her feelings for Jorgen and her responsibility to the hungry people depending on her. Odette know that she is breaking the law, even though she wonders if God would approve, but justifies it because she is helping so many people. Jorgen is just trying to do his job, but has a vengeance for the poacher because he believes it to be the one who killed his father.
This is a marvelous story. I loved many of the characters in this tale, as they are interesting and loveable. I especially enjoyed Anna, the best friend, and Jorgens mother, the wise older woman.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
KristinUSAAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.May 10, 2015KristinUSAAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Melanie Dickerson is well known in the Christian fiction world for taking familiar fairy tales and expanding them into historical stories. Her books are also recognizable for their gorgeous covers. The cover for her latest book, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, might just be my favorite so far. :)
This book is about Odette, a girl who poaches deer from a nearby estate to feed the poor, and Jorgen, who is the forester of that estate and who is responsible for catching poachers and bringing them to justice. (He also has a personal reason for disliking poachers: his father was killed by one several years before.) The story is set during medieval times and is inspired by Robin Hood and Swan Lake.
I'm familiar with Robin Hood, and having been recently watching the BBC show (I have two more episodes to go), I was definitely seeing a connection between Odette and Marian in that adaptation. That's actually the first thing I thought of when I read the summary of this book, before I even knew that it was inspired by Robin Hood. I'm not familiar with Swan Lake so I'm not sure how much of that is referenced in this book (though at one point, Odette dresses like a swan for a masquerade ball).
This is the fourth book of Melanie Dickerson's that I've read at this point. Her second book, The Merchant's Daughter, is my favorite (because I'm partial to Beauty and the Beast retellings). But I have to admit that so far, I'm a little disappointed with each consecutive book. Ever since I first started reading her books, I found the writing to be awkward at times, but I guess I expected it to improve. It's been an issue that has bothered me with all of her books, but it seemed to be worse with this one. (I've only ever heard one other person mention this in a review, so maybe I'm just being picky?)
I'm always drawn in by the interesting premises and beautiful book covers, but I'm left wanting more. With this book especially, the writing feels stilted and awkward, and the characters and story often feel a bit flat and predictable. Honestly, because of the writing and predictability, I felt like I had to pull myself through this book at times. Again, this might just be a personal preference. I'm not usually a fan of overly flowery and descriptive language, either. But for some reason, I struggle with the starkness of this writing style.
If you love this author's previous books, then I think you'll enjoy this one. I will likely read more of her books but I hope that her writing style will evolve into something more natural with each new book.
*Note: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.*
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