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Series: Hagenheim #1
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Also in this series: , The Merchant's Daughter, The Golden Braid
Also by this author: , The Merchant's Daughter, Fairy Tale Romance Collection, The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by Zondervan on September 15th 2010
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Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
In this book by author Melanie Dickerson, the story of Sleeping Beauty is retold through the life of Rose, the young daughter of a woodcutter, who has fallen in love with the perfect man for her, only to be kept away from him due to a curse.
status: Read from January 12 to March 12, 2011 — I own a copy
My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don’t agree with that, it’s not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. This is my first adventure with author Melanie Dickerson, but I will definitely be looking for her novels in the future! The Healer’s Apprentice is a great romantic mystery with adventure and nerve-racking scenes. There is true love and an almost Tristan and Isolde situation, that ends so much better especially when the characters allow their lives to be directed by God’s hand. There is a situation of demonic possession in the novel which at first made me uncomfortable, but it is written in a really great way and completely believable on and off the page. I’m delighted to have experienced this novel and will definitely look for more from Melanie in the future.
– Also, I found this was free on Nook and Kindle for a limited time.