WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
BOOK REVIEW – THE GOLDEN BRAID by MELANIE DICKERSON
There comes a time when a parent’s protective instinct crosses a line. A line between control and manipulation, and genuine concern for your child’s well-being.
In the year of 1413, a maiden of 19 was considered an old maid. And yet, Rapunzel remained in her mother’s home, with both of them devoted to the other.
Or so she thought. Even under her mother’s thumb, Rapunzel longed for a freedom she has never tasted. Moving from village to village has taught Rapunzel many skills, unusual skills for a fair maiden, but the one ability she longs for most— to read—she is denied.
On their journey as they move yet again—not to a village this time but to the city of Hagenheim—they are captured by vagabonds and then rescued by a handsome knight.
As Rapunzel and her mother begin their life in the city, and Rapunzel steals away to learn to read, her path and that of the knight continue to cross.
What mystery and lies does Rapunzel discover? How long do lies stay sleeping til they surface again? What is the secret Rapunzel learns about herself? The secret her mother will do anything—anything— to keep anyone else from finding out? Will Rapunzel meet her Prince Charming or will she remain captive in her tower?
Ms. Dickerson has once again crafted a story true to its origins while weaving a rich fabric of intrigue and treachery. Her characters come alive with real emotion and believable dialogue, the plot is believable and authentic, her details true to the Medieval era in which the story is set. I felt I was along for Rapunzel’s ride, tagging along as I was on her journey. I held my breath as the thieves appear again, I cried as Rapunzel’s mother quelled her time and again. I cheered as she learned to read, and when the truth was revealed, I reveled in Rapunzel’s victory.
I highly recommend this story, and will be reading more of Ms. Dickerson’s works.
MELANIE DICKERSON is the author of Medieval fairy tale retellings, including The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com
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