A wicked, deranged stepmother, a beautiful orphaned young maiden, coupled with huntsmen, dwarfs, dungeons, castles, and a very handsome hero; combine to make "The Fairest Beauty" a stunning young adult version of a Snow-White-like tale, filled to the brim with romance, adventure and mystique.
Sophia Auriana Gersanda Breitenbach has been reduced to a common servant; working night and day since childhood, catering to the devious whims of the evil Duchess Ermengard, who holds Sophia as a virtual prisoner in her own kingdom. When a handsome young traveler arrives at Hohendorf Castle with an outlandish tale about Sophie's real parentage, she can scarcely believe it to be true. But Gabe and Sophie hardly have time to dwell on the particulars, for they find themselves running for their very lives; towards what might or might not be their happily-ever-after, since both of them are betrothed to another.
Melanie Dickerson has penned another fanciful, faith-filled story that young and used-to-be young readers alike, will enjoy from cover to cover!
This third book of Melanie Dickersons retold fairy tales takes readers back to the 14th century, where wicked Duchess Ermengard disposes of any who threaten her rule over Hohendorf Castle. Beautiful Sophie, a mistreated scullery maid, often finds herself longing to escape. When an old servant manages to get word to Hagenheim Castle, to whose heir Sophie had been betrothed, Gabehart sets out to rescue the lovely maiden. Danger, adventure, and romance accompany their journey, which includes a sojourn at the Cottage of the Seven. This enjoyable read can stand alone, but youll want to devour the whole series.
I find myself wishing I were a slower reader_ Because now I have come to the end and I must wait until November to read the next story.
How will I survive?
Well I suppose I can always read "The Captive Maiden" again so there's that. And I'm certain I can find some other books to help me pass the time.
But I want to know what happens next!
Absolutely no insult is intended to "The Captive Maiden" or "The Healer's Apprentice" or "The Merchant's Daughter"_ but I do believe "The Fairest Beauty" is the absolute BEST book Melanie Dickerson has written yet!
"The Fairest Beauty" has everything you would expect to find in a fairy tale - A damsel in distress, mistaken identity, exaggerated rumors of the Princess's death, an evil "Queen" - in this case a Duchess, a hired assassin and a hero!
It's just an all-around GREAT story!
And the real-life fairy tale is so much more appealing in my opinion! These are real people with real emotions and real flaws! - not some perfect, flawless combination of all the best traits and none of the worst that we see in the traditional fairy tales. Even the "bad guys" are clearly human, with flaws and weakness - not just a villain that's purely evil who does nasty things simply because they can.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
I LOVE the way Melanie Dickerson writes fairy tales!
She doesn't put the focus on the wrong things - magic and rebellion. She makes certain the focus is on how important it is to marry for love - which is Biblical (Marriage is meant to be forever_ do you really want to be in a loveless marriage forever?). And she draws your attention to how important it is to remain pure and innocent - saving yourself for the man you marry.
This story especially - shows how important it is to understand the difference between love and lust.
It's a difficult subject and not always a popular one in the world we live in today but it is an important one and I am very impressed to see an author taking a stand!
I wish these were the fairy tales I had grown up with. I can only imagine how different my outlook on life might be if I had not started with the ridiculous world view traditional fairy tales present.
All the more reason that these will be the fairy tales I give MY daughter to read!
All little girls need to know - while fairy tales can be real - they are not all about magic and luck!
Let me repeat...Loved it, loved it, loved it!! Melanie Dickerson has done it again! The Fairest Beauty is a wonderfully written new twist on Snow White and the Seven Drawfs. Melanie has such an amazing ability to pull you into the story, and keep you there from the very beginning of the book until the very last line. Once I started reading it, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I highly recommend this book, I would give it 10 stars if I could!!! Melanie is truly one of my favorite authors. Keep 'em coming, Melanie, Keep 'em coming!
This is an excellent Christian teen book! I gave this book 5/5 stars. I enjoyed the story especially since you do not see many Christian books written with settings like this one or even in the time period as this one. I thought the authors' descriptions and conversations were incredible and they really helped this book be more enjoyable. I even liked the characters as they showed real human characteristics and emotions. I would recommend this book to any Christian teenager to read, they will really enjoy it!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.