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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (review)

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

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.

About the Author

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. Visit her on line at, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.

My Review:

Melanie Dickerson is a favorite author of mine so you can say I was really excited about reading this story.  You can immediately tell which fairy tale character this one is based off of and then its confirmed when you read the name of our heroine, Rapunzel. I love how the story took on a more realistic approach in the retelling. And I absolutely love how this story tied into her Young Adult novels. It brought an interesting twist to the tale. 

Melanie is an author who captures your imagination with strong female characters and plot twists that bring intrigue. The time period is fascinating as the world is nothing like it is today. She puts the characters in a world that fits the time the stories were told as well as the places that they could have happened in. If you are looking for a new way to enjoy the old fairy tales you grew up on then picking this book up is a great first step.

You can check out my reviews of her other novels here and here.  To purchase a copy of this book you can do so by clicking the book name or image above.

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