The Golden Braid By: Melanie Dickerson

 Melanie Dickerson has done it again! Not only has she blown us away with yet another stunning book cover, but also a story that will bring a smile to your face and a feeling of suspense all in on. I absolutely loved reading this book and once I started, I couldn’t stop! Dickerson has a beautiful way of incorporating  her faith into her stories and I love that about her writing. *MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Dickerson is known for taking a fairytale and putting her own twist on it. In this story, she puts her own twist on the story of Rapunzel.

It starts off with a peasant girl named Rapunzel and her mother, Gothel. From the start, you find that Gothel is rather strange. She makes sure that Rapunzel is always covering her hair in a shawl of some sort and more.

Rapunzel is a peasant girl, or so you’d think. She has ankle length golden hair and has quite the aim with a knife.

In the beginning, Rapunzel has been proposed to by a man she has no desire to marry. Gothel finds out and tells Rapunzel that they are moving. On the strenuous journey to Hagenheim, a band of robbers come up on them. Luckily a valiant knight of Duke Wilhelm (The King of Hagenheim) saves them.

As the story goes on, Rapunzel is learning to read in German. She knows how to do basically everything except for that. Her dream has come true. When her lessons are coming to an end, Mother Gothel finds out about the secret she has been hiding and is very upset with her. Gothel has a past in Hagenheim and tells Rapunzel that they are going to move….again. Rapunzel does not want to leave, so she runs away and becomes a maid at the Hagenheim Castle.

Throughout this whole story, Rapunzel and Gerek (the knight) have a love hate relationship. But once Rapunzel comes to work at the castle, everything changes.

Throughout this whole story, secrets are being hidden. Is Mother Gothel truly Rapunzel’s mother? Is Rapunzel captured and locked in a tower? Is Gerek her knight in shining armor?

All of these questions will be answered once you read The Golden Braid.

This was an absolutely beautiful story and I continue to look forward to Dickerson’s new books.

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