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The Golden Braid

Melanie Dickerson
The Golden Braid

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 R... Read More

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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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2015
  • UPC: 9780718026264
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Nov 17, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 17
  • Audience Age Minimum: 13
  • BISAC: "JUV012040"
  • ISBN: 0718026268

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This Rapunzel is more than a princess... by J. Augustine on 5/12/2016

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.)

A fresh look at the story of Rapunzel by Emilie on 11/16/2015

A fresh look at the story of Rapunzel that combines action, adventure, and sweet romance.

The Golden Braid is the first book I've read by Melanie Dickerson. I heard a lot about The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (though I haven't read it yet) and was definitely looking forward to see what Melanie did with this fun (and popular, thanks to Tangled) fairy tale.

Rapunzel is a bright and inquisitive young woman who paints, sings, throws knives, and has an innate fear of men handed down from her adopted mother. She's at once sweet and innocent as she is stubborn and brave which creates a fun character.

Sir Gerek, a handsome knight who puts off a slightly arrogant air, rescues Rapunzel and so begins their journey of friendship and a mystery that leaves Rapunzel searching for the truth of her identity among other things.

The story world is vibrant and the touches of information about the time period, customs, and German setting add a level of depth that anchors the fairy tale aspect in reality. Unfortunately, I wasn't as enchanted by the book as I'd initially expected. I understand that this is YA literature (I love reading YA) but I felt as if the writing was too simplistic. There was a lot of repetition of the same woes, thoughts, and fears, and not a lot of depth to either character. The love story was sweet and the mystery did leave me wondering what was going to happen, but that was the anchor, not the writing.

I would still recommend it to other fans of Mealine's work and this won't stop me from getting my hands on a copy of The Huntress of Thornbeck, but this book wasn't my favorite. I think it would definitely be appropriate for YA readers though there are some aspects of the story that could require some parental discussion with younger readers (some violence, unwed pregnancy, and decisions Rapunzel makes later in the book). I don't see these issues as reasons not to read the book, but as reasons for parents to be involved in what their kids are reading. They are great opportunities to teach, learn, and discuss. If you're looking for a sweet tale combined with intrigue, you've found it.

My Rating: 3.8*
(4* for the sake of Goodreads & Amazon etc.)

Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-golden-braid-by-melanie-dickerson.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

The Golden Braid by kp on 11/7/2015

The Golden Braid is the latest novel released in Melanie Dickerson's Medieval Fairy Tale Romance series. You meet Rapunzel on the opening pages as her mother is preparing to move them yet again, because a young man from the village has declared his undying love for Rapunzel and his wish to marry her. Her mother has declared, in no uncertain terms, that she will never allow this to happen!

As they begin the journey to their new home in Hagenheim, Rapunzel and her mother run into some evil men who attempt to harm and rob them. Rapunzel is surprised when Sir Gerek, a knight from Hagenheim, comes out of nowhere to their rescue. While Sir Gerek attempts to accompany these ladies the rest of the way to Hagenheim, he experiences a freak accident on his horse that leaves him with a broken leg and a broken arm!

While Sir Gerek is recovering at a nearby monastery, Rapunzel and her mother continue their journey and safely arrive in Hagenheim. As they settle into this new town, Rapunzel ventures back to the monastery almost daily, where Sir Gerek begins to teach her to read. A sweet friendship begins to grow between them! When Rapunzel's mother learns what has been going on, she threatens to drug Rapunzel and take her far, far away, if she ever finds her with Sir Gerek again!

Wait and see what happens after Rapunzel runs away to work as a servant at the castle. Will her mother take action on her promise to take Rapunzel away? What will happen when a mystery about Rapunzel's former life is revealed to all?

This is a fun ride. Hang on tight and you will be pleasantly surprised by the ending to this tale!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review


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