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Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she's met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read. After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel's heart soars---surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won't let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel's opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige. But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything---except her happily ever after.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0718026268
ISBN-13: 9780718026264
Series: Fairy Tale Romance

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From New York Times bestselling author comes The Golden Braid!

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

"The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end."

—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

Author Bio

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healer’s Apprentice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Editorial Reviews

'A masterful retelling of “Rapunzel,” Dickerson not only captures the essence of Rapunzel’s story, but she provides is with a unique rendition, depicting Rapunzel as a very strong character. This story is well presented with beautiful imagery and passion.' - 4 starred
'Dickerson breathes life into the age-old story of Rapunzel, blending it seamlessly with the other YA novels she has written in this time and place.'

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  1. tammycookblogsbooks
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What I like about her version is the use of scripture and ...
    January 19, 2017
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Golden Braid is Melanies twist on the tale of Rapunzel. What I like about her version is the use of scripture and the characters following the ways of God. Melanies descriptions of the clothing, food, and way of life made the story come to life. There is a bit of action in The Golden Braid, and Rapunzel had no problem with her role as heroine. I would recommend this book to fans of sweet romantic fiction. If you are not so sure about the medieval theme, give it try, I think you will like what you read. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Just Commonly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tangled with Faith and Courage
    January 2, 2017
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What can I say? The tune to Disney's "I See the Light" from Tangled keep popping into my mind. It is also about Rapunzel, the fair maiden stuck in a tower with her long golden hair. There is a difference. The difference is that The Golden Braid gives readers a theme beyond fairy tales of finding your knight. You'll have that too, but Melanie Dickenson also weaved in beautifully, the elements of new faith, the desires and meaning to find the right one for a lifetime commitment of marriage and enchanting display of historical chivalry and medieval grandeur. I'm typically not a fan of retelling, stories that are based on a classic, OK, but retelling gets be on defense mode. However, Melanie's use of retelling a classic, and adding her own creativity in plots and writing style had me hooked. I can easily imagine the first encounter of Sir Gerek and Rapunzel, as well as the famous scene of the tower, to the final moments of every fairy tale ending, the wedding. I truly enjoyed this sort of retelling, adding to it what I say as the best form of fairy tales, is what God has to do with it. Thank you, Melanie!

    QUOTABLE QUOTES

    "Forgive me for wanting riches and status more than to give love to a woman who deserves it. I promise, if it is your will, I shall marry Rapunzel and give her everything I am, everything you provide, and I shall begin by giving her my love." (239)

    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (242) - Romans 15:13

    "Instantly, a song rose inside her and she began to sing. She sang new words, a new song to God, in praise of his hope and his unfailing love...she stopped and whispered, 'I will never sing for Mother again, but I will sing to you, God, as long as I have hope.'" (243)

    Isn't it beautiful? My three favorite quotes in The Golden Braid. First one, does that not make Sir Gerek swoon worthy! Whew! Next is also one of my favorite Biblical verses, because there's always hope and we will always welcome it and crave it. And finally, a song to our beloved God of hope. In times of trouble, isn't God the one you want? Before I end, I must say the cover is gorgeous. Here it is again for you to see. Just simply stunning and makes you want to grab and read it right away! If you want a clean historical read for a young teen or young adult in your life, The Golden Braid is it. As an adult, it's perfect for me to enjoy and indulge my childhood fancy with fairy tales too. *smile

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. However, a positive review is not required.
  3. Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring, lovely story
    August 9, 2016
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Golden Braid tells a wonderful story that is inspiring and lovely. The sweet romance that evolves is touchingly tender and made my heart skip a beat now and then. I love the medieval setting of knights, herbs and poisons, and dungeons in every castle. The teachings of the Holy Writ are infused into the lives of many characters, though certainly not all, and is responsible for their thoughts and actions. Forgiveness is a major theme. Although this book is listed as YA, I recommend it for everyone who enjoys fairy tales and their retellings.
  4. Sara
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Retelling!!
    May 31, 2016
    Sara
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To be honest, I didn't really love the romance in this book. I would have totally been here for a book where it ends with Rapunzel lives on happily with her true family and pursues reading and learning everything she can along with traveling. But on the other hand, Gerek (aka the love interest) does help her out a lot and is kind, rescues her a few times, and encourages her reading so it's not really so bad. I just never necessarily liked him that much I guess? Anyway, the rest of the story is pretty cool because you get to a see a fairy tale told in a historical setting and there's full on knights running around doing tournaments and castles being attacked and what not. It was a nice retelling of the fairy tale and I was pretty happy with how closely it stuck the original fairy tale and what they changed here and there. Gothel was pretty messed up as she usually is, but I think she was written well and I was quite scared of what she would do to keep Rapunzel with her at several points! Rapunzel herself was a nice character, though at times she seems naive, I had to remind myself that it's all she knows from living with Gothel and Gothel being strict with her. She seems pretty perfect actually, but not in an annoying way. She's really sweet, but also brave and curious. I actually ended up both relating to her and liking her a lot. I guess that one of the downsides of reading fairy tale retellings is that you know two things a) more or less how the story will end and b) they live happily ever after 99.99% of the time. The thing that's a bit different with Melanie Dickerson's retellings, I think, is that since these stories are told as "historical fairy tales" (well that's how I'd say it) there's more of a chance that the story might differ a little from the original fairy tale. Of course this can be hit or miss, but it's usually a hit with Dickerson's books. There are just enough changes to make the plot exciting and surprising, but still keep the roots of the story close by. The writing flows easily and while I wasn't picking this book up every time I got a chance, whenever I did pick it up I read several chapters pretty quickly and without really realizing that I had.

    I was pretty happy with this retelling!! I really liked Rapunzel, she was so sweet and I thought her story was retold well in this historical kind of retelling that Melanie Dickerson does. Gothel was a wonderful mixture of creepy and understandable, you get scared of what she might do but you're able to see the reasons why she is so cruel when she tells Rapunzel of her past. Although I didn't really like the romance or Gerek that much it was still ok. This is a pretty quick read and if you enjoy retellings I'd definitely recommend The Golden Braid!! :)
  5. TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This Rapunzel is more than a princess...
    May 12, 2016
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been waiting for this book for a long a time. Family and friends will understand why I've been looking forward to a Melanie Dickerson retelling of Rapunzel. And believe me, I was totally thrilled when I found out that The Golden Braid was just the book I was hoping for. And I was in no way disappointed.

    I have to admit life got in the way so I got off to a slow start in reading this book but when I finally got into it I I couldn't tear myself away. I HAD to keep reading and find out what would happen next. The Golden Braid was a completely captivating read and perfectly delightful.

    The Golden Braid is a wonderful tale of intrigue, romance, and buried secrets. Excitement and danger lend spice to a pair of likable lead characters. I will make a confession here, it took a little while for me to like Sir Garek and I totally agreed with Rapunzel's opinion of his arrogance. But as time went by and he grew into the role of hero I began to like him more. Rapunzel herself was a delightful blend of sweetness and spunk and she comes up with some wonderfully wicked ideas to help save the day.

    With every word Melanie Dickerson weaves a spell. Spinning the familiar and much-loved fairytales into something fresh and new. It's this that keeps me coming back, reveling in each new story, tantalizing me in between tales.

    Don't let the YA tag put you off, this book and all of the others are just as enjoyable for teens and adults alike. If you take my advice, you won't miss The Golden Braid or any of Melanie Dickerson's delicious medieval fairytale romances.

    (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
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