The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (Blog Tour Review)

The Golden BraidThe Golden Braid
(Medieval Fairy Tale Romance #2)
by Melanie Dickerson
YA Christian Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
November 1st 2015 by Thomas Nelson

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 him 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 are about to be revealed after seventeen years. 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?

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My Review

THE GOLDEN BRAID was a wonderful retelling of the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel. The characters were interesting and well drawn. The story was engaging with plenty of danger, deception, some mysteries, some friendships, and a sweet romance. The inspirational aspect was light and felt authentic, enough so that this would be a good read for inspirational and general YA, NA, and adult genre readers. What made the story so enjoyable was the way the setting and story came alive and that the author made this story her own.

I loved Rapunzel's endless curiosity and drive to learn new things, especially to read. She was sweet and full of life and beauty, yet reserved and cautious. Add in her good will towards others and inquisitiveness and it mad for an interesting mix in a character. One I was drawn to. Then you have her mother, Gothel. She's a little insane, extremely paranoid, and very controlling while also acting quite sweet towards Rapunzel. I loved Sir Gerek in his gruffness as he seeks to protect his heart, his goodness and strength. He originally is a hero to Rapunzel and then vice versa, becomes a true friend, and their relationship slowly develops from there. There were a few twists in the story that were overall unsurprising, but they did drive the story forward and keep things interesting. 

Overall, THE GOLDEN BRAID was an enjoyable and inspiring fairy tale retelling. If you've enjoyed Dickerson's other works or enjoy fairy tales with an inspirational slant and sweet romance, I'd recommend this one for you.

Content: Some innuendo and violence, but clean

Source: I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for my complimentary review copy through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson

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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