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Litfuse Publicity: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

on November 21, 2015

About the Book:

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?

You can purchase your copy here.

About the Author:

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama.

She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany, and the Eastern European country of Ukraine.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

Connect with Melanie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

My Opinion:

If you enjoy fairy tales but want a more modern take on them then Melanie Dickerson’s, The Golden Braid, is one that you must get. It’s a young adult (YA) novel but I became thoroughly engrossed in it from the beginning even though at times I found Rapunzel to be quite annoying the book was fast paced and engrossing. During one of their many moves, Mother Gothel and Rapunzel run into some thieves and so also meet up with Sir Gerek, he saves their lives and then in return Rapunzel ends up saving his. All Rapunzel wants is to learn how to read, Latin and German, so she can study the Holy Writ for herself and marry. Mother Gothel is opposed to both and will go to extreme lengths to make sure it is so, even lying as to how Rapunzel came to live with her.

Taking place in the year 1413, this modern day tale is set in the past, and will quickly remind you of some of the original story such as Rapunzel’s beautiful singing voice, her artistic ability, however there are no fantastical healing or the ability to make Mother Gothel young by simply touching her hair. I enjoy Melanie’s ability to take a classic tale and turn it into something new and fresh, while also weaving the faith aspect into it – as Rapunzel learns to read she begins to explore more of what the Bible has to say and forms her own ideas and sets out to be free of her “Mother” even as her guilt makes her feel obligated. This classic tale of Rapunzel made new and fresh will pull you into her world and see a faith that is usually absent from these fairy tales.

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