The Golden Braid (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)
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-Our family has enjoyed the film, Tangled. So when I saw this come up for review, I literally jumped at the chance! And boy am I glad I did. Melanie Dickerson pens an extremely interesting tale of romance, intrigue and quite frankly, some witty and fun characters. Rapunzel is the dutiful daughter who stays with her mother, even though she has strange requests and rules. One of which is to never allow a man to see her hair, along with always moving from place to place. Sir Gerek is quite dashing but also a bit of a proud and arrogant knight. When he rescues Rapunzel and her mother from bandits, he gets to spend time with the lovely lady but she doesn't meet his requirements for a wife. So why do his thoughts keep going back to her? An engaging and exciting story that you won't want to put down!
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