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The Golden Braid ~ Review

The Golden Braid
By Melanie Dickerson 
Rapunzel and her mother have never stayed in any one village for any length of time.  If Rapunzel starts to form a friendship or attract the attention of any man they leave almost immediately.
When Gothel decides that they need to move yet again, Rapunzel has hopes that by moving to Hagenheim she may get her heart's desire - the chance to learn how to read.  But the several day journey is fraught with dangers that Rapunzel and Gothel must face before they can enter the safety of Hagenheim.  When the women are attacked by a pair of men they are rescued by Sir Gerek, a knight in the service of Duke Wilhelm.  But there is one problem with Sir Gerek he is a man and Rapunzel has been taught from a young age that men are not to be trusted.  But Sir Gerek did come to their aid and insisted on seeing to their safety for the rest of their journey.
What follows is a delightful twist on a well-known fairy tale that takes place during Melanie Dickerson's previous book The Princess Spy, but this time the focus is on some of the background characters from the castle and on Rapunzel, Gerek, and Gothel.  We also learn about the tragedy that Duke Wilhelm and Lady Rose experienced over 15 years.  
Melanie Dickerson will draw you into this medieval world she has created with the first word set to page.  Though most of her books deal with Duke Wilhelm and his family if you have not read any of her books before don't worry about pick up The Golden Braid first as you can easily follow the story and get caught up at a later date with the other books.
This is truly a lovely book one that you'll want to read again and again.  I would recommend this book to most readers 13 and up.  Younger readers with greater reading skills and comprehension who aren't scared off by the 300 page length would also enjoy this book. I know I would have devoured a book like this when I was 9.  This book would make a perfect gift or library addition.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Thomas Nelson is exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.
After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.
After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.
But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.
About the Author:
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, Alabama. 

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