Sunday 16 June 2013

The Fairest Beauty - Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest BeautyA 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.
Normally I don’t read many Christian books, but I like fairytale retellings so I decided to give this one a try. And I’m glad I did because all in all I did like it. I mean of course there were many religious aspects in it, but they didn’t bother me that much as they normally do (note: I have nothing against Catholicism or any other religion). And I liked how this retelling kept close to the original version, but how it was different because of the two different points of view. That of Sophie and the prince Gabe . Both characters developed a lot throughout this book. Sophie started as a young girl who accepted what happened to her and didn’t think that her life could change in a better way. But nonetheless she always respected herself and the people who were good to her. But at the end of the book she dared to speak up for herself to others to achieve her own happiness. Gabe was a selfish boy until he decided to rescue Sophie, which was actually also a selfish act. As the story continued he changed into a young men who did everything to protect the one he loved. I also loved the ‘dwarfs’ and the evil stepmother was just well… evil.

So I really liked this book and I’m definitely going to try another book by this author.

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 323
Publisher: Zondervan
Publishing date: January 8th 2013



  1. Like you I don't tend to read may christian books since I hate having religion shoved in my face, but if it isn't like that and you enjoyed it - I think I'll check this out since I love fairytale requirements.

    Jade @ Ink Scratchers

    1. It still had many religious parts in it, but it didn't bother me as much as it normally does. I hope that you'll like it to if you decide to read it.


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