Typical Gisela: Gisela rode Kaeleb over the hilly meadows near her home, letting the horse run as fast as he liked. The morning air clung to her eyelashes, as a fog had created a misty canopy over the green, rolling hills... If her stepmother found out shed been riding one of the horses without permission, as Gisela often did, she would find some way to punish her. But Gisela didnt care.
Typical Valten: Everyone had somewhere to go, a purpose. What was his purpose? A restlessness possessed him , the same restlessness that had haunted his wandering all over the Continent. Entering all the grandest tournaments for two years had not eased that restless feeling. Hed succeeded at winning all of them in at least one category jousting, sword fighting, hand-to-hand combat but often in all categories. He still wasnt a champion at archery, which rankled. But he couldnt be perfect at everything.
Ever since her father died, Gisela's stepmother and stepsisters have mistreated her, making her tend to the horses, cook for them, clean up. But when they go off to the Tournament and tell her to stay, will she be able to slip by them? Will she see Valten, the duke's son and if she will will he remember her?
The Captive Maiden is a retelling of the Cinderella story. Melanie Dickerson does a good job of making it unique, though still recognizable. The story is told from two points-of-view, Gisela's and Valten's. Both of them learn lessons about God as they realize that however bad it gets, God is still in control.
This was a fun book to read. I loved the elements of Cinderella in the story which is one of my favorite fairy tales.
I wish there was less romance in the story because I love action adventure kind of stories. Especially the kissing. But overall it was a great story and I loved Gisela's character. I loved that it had Christian elements to the story and I enjoyed the struggle they had to find there purpose in life. That was a good theme for it. I enjoyed the tournament and its reminiscence to Ivanhoe one of my favorite books.
Gisela misses the days when her father was alive. The days when she experienced love, laughter, and family. Now all she experiences is her stepmothers cruel tongue and hard work.
Valtens parents want him to get married. Thing is, he hasn't come across a girl who has caught his eyeuntil now.
Romance begins to bloom, but will it be squashed under a nefarious scheme plotted by Giselas stepmother and a sworn enemy of Valtens? If, and only if Gisela and Valten are able to escape the danger surrounding them will they discover the future God has planned.
There is no impropriety and no foul language. The Captive Maiden sweeps you up into a time with dukes, knights, fair maidens, and chivalry. This book is a marvelous retelling of a popular fairy tale, mixed with faith in God.
For any teen girls wanting a sweet, clean, captivating,romance, I highly recommend this book.
Gisela has dreamed about the future duke of Hagenheim since she was a child; watching the young man from a distance when he accompanied his father, Duke Wilhelm, to her father's renowned stables, where they purchased a magnificent stallion. Now orphaned, destitute and treated horribly by her stepmother, Gisela's path crosses that of the now mighty warrior Valten once again; their mutual love of horses drawing them into natural companionship and conversation; the intensity of their mutual attraction surprising them both.
As it turns out, Gisela and Valten have enemies working behind the scenes to destroy both of them. When Valten's arch enemy Friedric Ruexner determines to use Gisela to exact his revenge, their very lives hang in the balance. It takes desperate faith and deep courage, in the midst of horrific circumstances, to entwine these two lonely hearts; giving them a renewed purpose and promising future.
Filled with fast paced adventure and gentle, mesmerizing romance, "The Captive Maiden" is a "Cinderella" story par excellence!
Slip back to the time of fairy tale days in this fourth novel of Melanie Dickersons enthralling medieval series. Valten, the eldest son from Hagenheim Castle, has bested other knights in tournaments but has not succeeded in finding the person he wants to marry until he meets Gisela, a lovely young woman forced to fulfill a servants role by her cruel stepmother. Is there a chance for these two to find a happy union? Valtens rival uses Gisela to achieve revenge over him. Captivity draws the couple into a closer relationship, but will they survive so they can wed? The adventure offers breathtaking danger along with some sweet moments. A fine addition to the collection, The Captive Maiden can also be enjoyed without having read the others.