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The Orphan's Wish ~ Review with Excerpt link

The Orphan's Wish
Hagenheim #8
By Melanie Dickerson

Forced to steal for a master he doesn't want when Ala ad'din is given the opportunity to leave it all behind and go to a faraway land he does.  Taken to Hagenheim Ala ad'din's name is changed to Aladdin. He has plenty and he is cared for by Priest. He is schooled and he has other children with which to be with. But Aladdin has one true friend Lady Kirstyn daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim. Their friendship, which began as young children, goes through much including a daring rescue (Not saying more so as to not give a spoiler).

But Aladdin feels that he, a poor lowly orphan of foreign birth, is beneath Kirstyn. Determined to be worthy of her he sets out to earn his fortune.  By seeming chance Aladdin quickly finds employment with Herr Kaufmann in Luneburg. Soon Aladdin has made himself indispensable to Herr Kaufmann - he finds satisfaction in his work and yet something is missing.

Shortly after Aladdin left to seek his fortune Kirstyn's gentle and caring heart is used to betray her and she finds herself in the hands of a truly evil man. And Kirstyn is but a commodity to him that he plans to use for his own gain. Kirstyn's one hope is that those she loves will soon find her.

The Orphan's Wish is definitely written for older teens and adults with some of the more serious matters that it touches on - kidnapping, abuse, prejudice, and post-traumatic stress. That being said this is yet another fabulous book from Melanie Dickerson which takes a well-loved fairy tale and gives it her own unique spin setting it once again within the Hagenheim world. I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters who each had their own deeply rooted fears that needed to be faced in order to heal.

What I most like about these books is that there is no magic involved. The actions and outcomes are all plausible and totally able to occur. For those who are opposed to magic in their books, you will enjoy this book. These books are complete in and of themselves and reading the previous books is not necessary to enjoy this one.

I was provided a copy of this book through TLC book tours and the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the Duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.

Do you want to get a short feel for this book? Well, check-out this link to enjoy 
an excerpt provided by the publisher

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Monday, June 25th: @ladyofthelibrary
Tuesday, June 26th: Read Eat Repeat
Wednesday, June 27th: Write Read Life
Thursday, June 28th: @megabunnyreads
Friday, June 29th: Splashes of Joy
Monday, July 2nd: What is That Book About – author guest post
Tuesday, July 3rd: @girlandherbooks
Tuesday, July 3rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, July 5th: Broken Teepee
Friday, July 6th: @createexploreread
Monday, July 8th: Girls in Books
Tuesday, July 10th: Here’s to Happy Endings
Tuesday, July 10th: Mel’s Shelves
Wednesday, July 11th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, July 12th: All of a Kind Mom
Friday, July 13th: @abookishpeach & A Bookish Peach – author guest post
Monday, July 16th: @bookishconnoisseur
Tuesday, July 17th: The Sketchy Reader
Wednesday, July 18thBlooming with Books
Thursday, July 19thReader’s Cozy Corner

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