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 this knight 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 is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. 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?
“The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.”
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised! The story she created in her re-telling of Rapunzel is unique, creative and enchanting.
In this story, Rapunzel was much more of a realistic person to me than the original fairy tale version. I cheered her on as I read each page. I also enjoyed seeing Rapunzel as a strong woman in her own right.
I enjoyed seeing how Ms. Dickerson weaved in the basics of the original fairy tale with her own version of this story. I found this story to be delightful!
I enjoyed The Golden Braid and I am looking forward to reading some more of Ms. Dickerson's other books in this upcoming year!
Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.