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Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

The Golden Braid

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

In this exciting, charming twist of Rapunzel, there is much the same storyline, as well as much different. With Rapunzel’s interesting skills and  the brilliant characters, many will see strong similarities between this novel and the movie “Tangled”. However, there are enough new plot twists to keep the story fresh.

I enjoyed reading this story from Rapunzel’s point of view, and the occasional chapters from Sir Gerek made the story that much more enticing. Melanie’s writing style is wonderful and I love all of her fairy-tale retellings so I can confidently say that fans of her past works will definitely be pleased with this new addition. 5 out of 5 stars.

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