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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Review! The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim #3) by Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Young Adult  (Christian Fiction/Historical Fiction/Romance/Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Zondervan

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.

My Fairest Beauty is the third book in the Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson. This is a re-telling of Snow White, and while it clearly follows in the path of that fairy tale(at least as told by Disney), it's also it's own story. Sophie is a tough girl though. She's not sing-songing through the forest. She has some self preservation. Plus, she is humble. I enjoyed her character's personality. Gabe isn't your typical "prince" either. In fact, he wasn't looking for his "princess", so much as taking some sibling rivalry to a new level. 

It's easy to recognize the characters, even the dwarves, yet the author put her own spin on all of them as well. This was a cute story with action and romance that added a little more adventure and danger to the Snow White most of us grew up with. 

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Melanie Dickerson is a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

To learn more about Melanie Dickerson and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

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