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?
I always know I will enjoy Melanie Dickerson's books!
It was no surprise to me to discover vast enjoyment during my time reading Rapunzel's story in The Golden Braid. As a matter of fact reading this story brought a lot of the other Fairy Tale Retelling Romance stories and Hagenheim family tales together. While the story stands alone, it is a wonderful glimpse in seeing the lives of other characters I have come to appreciate and adore as they have changed and adapted after their own adventure and bouts with romance.
Thomas Nelson did an awesome job with the packaging of this book. As my copy is a jacketed hardcover. It is a beautiful cover and worthy of the writing within. The covers for Melanie's books are getting better and better. Christian Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, but I think it is safe to say that I absolutely love the genre of fairy tale retellings. Especially right now as a I have a princess-obsessed four year old daughter at home - seeing me reading such books has her now wanting to read to know what is happening in this adventure. !!
I'd recommend this read to anyone and definitely plan to hang on to it for my own girls to read one day. For now, we will read, Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb and other picture book varieties.
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This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.
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