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10.14.2013

The Captive Maiden ~ Review

The Captive Maiden
By Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson has done it again - creating yet another beautiful and breathtaking story based upon a fairy-tale!  The delightful and gorgeous cover is just the cherry on top, the real treat lays hidden between the covers!

The Fairest Beauty left Valten with his betrothal at an end when his intended Sophie fell in love with and married Gabe his younger brother.  In The Captive Maiden Valten plays a major role as he has become dissatisfied with the tournaments that take up his life and take him far from home.  His father Duke Wilhelm wants him to learn how to govern and lead and to marry.

But the question is whom should he marry, after all none of the daughters of the nobility interest him with their endless prattle.  One maiden has captured his attention and she seems to be little more than a peasant.  A maiden who rides astride, cares about horses, and is treated like a worthless servant by her stepmother and stepsisters should be beneath the notice of the future Duke of Hagenheim.  But for reasons neither Gisela or Valten can explain Gisela has captured his attention and perhaps his heart.

Treachery and betrayal work against Gisela and Valten.  Jealous maidens and dangerous enemies are determined to keep them apart even if death is necessary to accomplish it.  Can Gisela and Valten trust in someone greater than themselves to keep them safe even when all hope seems lost?  Faith is an important factor throughout the story.

Based upon Cinderella The Captive Maiden will capture your imagination as it brings faith and fiction together in a believable heartfelt story.  You will want to re-read this story again and again (I know because I'm re-reading it again) and it will join the favorites on your shelf.

I was provided a copy of The Captive Maiden by the publisher Zondervan and the author in exchange for my honest review.  

Available for pre-order from your favorite online retailer!
Coming to a bookstore near you November 19, 2013!

About the Book:
In this new fairy tale reimagining from YA author Melanie Dickerson, Gisela’s life consists of cooking and cleaning for her stepmother and stepsisters, with little time for daydreams. When she discovers the duke’s son, Valten, is in search of a wife, she is determined to get an invitation to his upcoming ball. But once she meets her Prince Charming, other forces are determined to halt her happily ever after.

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 learns the duke’s son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way 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.