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Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson
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Also by this author: The Healer's Apprentice, , The Merchant's Daughter
ISBN: 9780310749219
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction
Published by Zondervan on March 10, 2015
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Melanie Dickerson is the award-winning author of The Fairest Beauty, a Golden Quill finalist; The Merchant’s Daughter, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the Carol Award;and The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Melanie lives with her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

Today I have two specific reviews for you and more to come. I love omnibus books, if you haven’t heard me say it before I’ll say it now! I love collections and now Melanie Dickerson has a good handful of books (all stand alone worthy, never fear) of her fairy tale romances. Now you can buy them as one ebook for a bargain! In this collection, you can read a set of tales from Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Frog and the Princess. And soon, Melanie also has stories for Rapunzel, the Princess and the Pea, as well as a Robin Hood meets Swan Lake mistress.

 

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.

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Combine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant’s Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself reading Melanie Dickerson’s debut being a mixture of Tristan and Isolde with Sleeping Beauty in The Healer’s Apprentice. I was very delighted to learn that this fall she had something new in The Merchant’s Daughter. Again I have the same qualm as before in that… 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. … but then perhaps I just do not understand the genre behind “young adult” as I thought I did.

In a way, there is even a bit of Cinderella here. Not in the plot line perhaps, but in the personality of Annabel. There is not magic in the sense of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, he doesn’t suddenly float in the air and become beautiful. In a sense, it’s always there, just marred and hidden until an unexpected (to him) healing can occur. Yet… isn’t that what the entire book is about? You read it, and tell me. 🙂

Fairy Tale Romance Collection Review

Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
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Also by this author: The Healer's Apprentice, , The Merchant's Daughter
ISBN: 0310724392
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by Zondervan on January 8th 2013
Pages: 323
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A daring rescue. A difficult choice.
Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?
Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.
When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

Snow White

Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
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Also by this author: The Healer's Apprentice, , The Merchant's Daughter
ISBN: 0310724414
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by Zondervan on November 23rd 2013
Pages: 302
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Happily Ever After...Or Happily Nevermore?

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

Cinderella

Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Series: Fairy Tale Romance #5
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Also in this series: The Golden Braid
Also by this author: The Healer's Apprentice, , The Merchant's Daughter
ISBN: 0310730988
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by Zondervan on November 4th 2014
Pages: 292
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A new suitor. A shocking discovery.
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men. She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only does she tend to talk too much, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life--and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man's wicked plot.

Frog and the Princess

 

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About Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Ala

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