BOOK: The Golden Braid
AUTHOR: Melanie Dickerson
I actually read this book a few years ago, but for some reason the review never posted. So I am redoing it now. First, this book has religious overtones, which is unexpected. I am not against it but I fully expected more of a Rapunzel fantasy twist storyline.
That being said, the story is very clever. There is romance, and intrigue. But honestly, I really wanted more from the characters. I felt like there wasn’t a lot to really give it the complexity it deserves.
Short Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
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.
I received this book for review purposes from NetGalley. ⠀