The Fairest Beauty  -     By: Melanie Dickerson
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The Fairest Beauty

Zondervan / 2012 / Paperback

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In this young adult fairy tale retelling by Melanie Dickerson, a woman arrives in Hagenheim claiming the young woman betrothed to the duke's son, Valten, is still alive. With Valten injured, his younger brother, Gabe, defies his family and travels to find Sophie himself. Meanwhile, Sophie hopes to escape her evil stepmother, believing she will be safe at the Cottage of the Seven. When Gabe arrives at the castle claiming she is to be married, Sophie must make a choice: go to the cottage and fend.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310724392
ISBN-13: 9780310724391
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Publisher's Description

A daring rescue. A difficult choice.

 

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

 

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.

When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

Author Bio

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s 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.

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  1. JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another extraordinary fairy tale from Melanie!
    July 3, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!

    BRAVO MELANIE!

    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!
  2. Debra
    Gaylesville, Al.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!!
    June 25, 2013
    Debra
    Gaylesville, Al.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  3. Irene
    United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome story!
    April 11, 2013
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Carol Gehringer
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Clean Teen Read!
    April 10, 2013
    Carol Gehringer
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Award-winning Melanie Dickerson pens her third young adult novel loosely based on the story of Snow White.

    In The Fairest Beauty, Duchess Ermengard fakes the death of her stepdaughter Sophie, driving her husband, Duke Baldewin, to disappear in despair. For over fifteen years, she convinces everyone the scullery maid Sophie she torments, is only an orphan girl. Even Sophie is unaware of her true identity. A former nurse, the only one left with knowledge of the deception, fakes her own death and travels to Sophie's betrothed. But Valten is laid up with a broken leg and unable to come. His impulsive younger brother, Gabe, decides to rescue Sophie on his own.

    He tells Sophie of her true identity, and convinces Sophie to escape with him because her life is in danger. When Gabe is severely injured by pursuing guards, they take refuge in the Cottage of the Seven. While he recuperates, Sophie and Gabe discover they are falling in love, but they are both betrothed to others. News reaches Gabe that Sophie's father is not dead but alive, and he leaves to find out the truth. While he is away, the Duchess, in the guise of an old woman, visits Sophie in the Cottage of Seven with the intent of killing her.

    Like her earlier books, the faith element is clearly evident. Sophie prays for her stepmother instead of hating her. Both Gabe and Sophie struggle with past hurts needing God's healing. They also struggle to seek God's will and act honorably with others.

    Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly drawn characters, and detailed medieval setting. The reader is pulled into the story, forgetting it is based on a familiar tale. All of her books are a delightful retelling, but this one is her best so far!

    Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
  5. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Fairest Beauty is a True Delight!
    April 8, 2013
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Fairest Beauty

    By Melanie Dickerson

    Hidden away by lies, deceptions and a jealous step-mother, Sophie lives as a scullery maid in the very castle she should be mistress of. Presumed dead since she was 2 years of age the truth of who Sophie is has been hidden away from everyone. But two servants within the castle's walls know the truth!

    Pinnosa is traveling to Hagenheim Castle and Duke Wilhelm hoping that she can live long enough to save Sophie from the death that Duchess Ermengard is planning for her. With her last breath she is able to tell Duke Wilhelm and his youngest son Gabe about Sophie and her danger.

    Years ago Sophie was betrothed to Valten, Duke Wilhelm's oldest son. But Valten is unable to rescue the young woman who is to become his bride as he has broken his leg and unable to even walk at present.

    Gabe, is headstrong and unwilling to wait until Valten is healed, as he has a feeling that makes him determined to discover the truth about Sophie and rescue her.

    Duchess Ermengard enraged that Sophie has taken food to Roslind in the dungeon and has saved 5 puppies that she had ordered drowned has the young scullery maid thrown into the dungeon. While Sophie sits in the dungeon, her step-mother orders her huntsman Lorencz to befriend and then kill Sophie when she is released.

    When Gabe discovers the young woman who is Sophie he is further drawn to her and wants to protect her. When Gabe makes a mistake Ermangard is enraged and his life as well as Sophie's are in even greater danger. As Gabe makes his escape to rescue Sophie, the words of kindly Petra ring in his ear, Ask for Dominyk the Wise and to take refuge at the Cottage of the Seven.

    When Gabe locates Sophie they head north towards Hagenheim Castle. But less than a day into their seven day journey they are being pursued by Ermangard's archers. Though he is determined to bring Sophie home to his brother, Gabe's heart betrays him when Sophie begins to touch his heart in ways he never though she could. But does Sophie feel the same or is she pleased with her betrothal to his brother? And if she does have feelings for him, how can they break two betrothals and not incur the king's wrath?

    When an arrow finds a mark can the two of them make their way to the safety promised at the Cottage of the Seven? Or will Ermengard destroy them both before the truth of who Sophie is be made known?

    The Fairest Beauty is a thoroughly delightful retelling of Snow White that is Biblical based. Melanie Dickerson has created another beautiful story that you want to read again and again!

    I was provided a digital loan of this title by the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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