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Stories for His Glory

Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson January 14, 2021

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Where there is wealth and power, there’s always someone willing to do anything to take it.

England, 1381: Delia’s idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia’s seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn’t stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.

Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can’t ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.

Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of “The Wild Swans,” where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.

My thoughts:

I have loved Melanie’s books so I never hesitate to read her newest releases.

This book had a great message, a questions many of us struggle with, where is God when bad things happen to us? Delia struggled with this throughout the book, wondering why this horrible thing had happened to her brothers as she fought for them.

But, honestly, I almost felt like someone else had written this book. It just didn’t have the same character depth and likeability that Melanie’s others books have. I had to force myself to keep reading because I really didn’t connect with the book. It felt a bit immature. Technically this is YA novel so maybe a middle school or high school student would like this more. This one wasn’t for me though.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson August 31, 2020

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In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance.

Adela, daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. But one day, longing for freedom, she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick, a poor farmer, is the sole provider for his family, and he often has to defend his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving beautiful images into wood, and he is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As Frederick works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily, and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. Yet her true identity remains hidden from him.

When disaster separates them, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of deceptions far more dangerous than innocent disguises. As the powerful lords set against them proceed with their villainous plans, secrets emerge that put Frederick and Adela’s future at risk.

Full-length clean fairy-tale reimagining The final Hagenheim story; can be read as a stand-alone Includes discussion questions for book clubs

My thoughts:

I have loved this series. Yes, it’s gear toward young adult or teen readers but I really have liked every book in this series. I loved this one with the Cinderella twist.

Adela and Frederick are great characters with flaws or doubts about themselves that make them likable. I can’t say too much about the ending but I am glad it ended happily for everyone.

If you enjoy a fairy tale with a twist I am sure you will enjoy this read.  a twist this is a read I am sure you will enjoy. 

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The Warrior Maiden by Melanie March 18, 2019

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From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen!” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author

She knew a woman was expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?

When Mulan decides to take her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this moment her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, she has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.

In her disguise as a young man, Mulan meets Wolfgang, the German duke’s son who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets with one another. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Could she be the son her bitter father never had? Or would she become the strong young woman she has been created to be?

This fresh reimagining of the classic tale takes us to fifteenth-century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of hearts.

My thoughts:

Okay, the beginning of this book I couldn’t help but have songs  from the Disney version of Mulan in my head.

I like the differences in this book compared to the movie. I was wondering how Melanie would work around some issues. Like Wolfgang falling in love with Mulan. Can’t do that when he thinks she’s a dude. But she fixed that in a very skillful way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how Mulan was strong yet feminine. She doesn’t loose who she is and stays true to herself.

If you enjoy fairytales with a twist I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson August 10, 2017

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She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.

But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .

if she makes it in time.

The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.

On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.

When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series of fairy tales come to life.

Magdalen gets a bum deal when her servant takes her place. But she does handle it with grace and her true colors shine through, which is compassion for others.

The Duke of Wolfburg also has the same thing (sort of) happen to him. He is determined to prove who he is but they must be careful because the man now in charge is ruthless.

Melanie did a great job of even allowing us to feel some pity for those that stole their position.

I expected to love this book more since I really liked the others but for me this one was okay. I liked it but I didn’t love it. I found it easy to put down and not in much of a hurry to pick it back up. It was good, just not what I expected.

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The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson December 29, 2016

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Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?

Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

My thoughts:

I have loved every book in this series. Melanie knows how to take a classic fairy tale in turn it into a new story. This book is compared to “The Little Mermaid” but Evangeline is not a mermaid at all 🙂

Immediately we are thrown into Evangeline’s issues with marrying Lord Shiveley and as soon as we meet him we can clearly see that she shouldn’t have to marry him.

She makes her escape and happens to be with Westley, a handsome nobleman, not a peasant. She begins working for his father but she isn’t cut out for it at all. One horrible thing after another happens to her and once her secret is revealed how will people react? Will the forgive her?

Not only is this a great story but a message of faith is woven in beautifully. Evangeline worries so much about what others think, she worries about being selfish. Also, I clearly saw a message of forgiveness and mercy in this story.

If you adore fairy tales but want the grown up kind then this is a must read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson January 11, 2016

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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. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Melanie has written another wonderful book. I will be honest I had trouble separating my mind from Disney’s Tangled and that story line.

Oh, but there are so many secrets and things unknown in this story. It will keep you reading and your mind searching for hints which are sprinkled sparingly but enough to keep you reading.

Rapunzel is a determined young lady who wants more for her life even if it means defying her mother.

Gerek is hard to get a handle on. Is he a nice guy or as arrogant as he can come across?

Overall, this is a book like you have come to expect from Melanie. And if you haven’t read anything by her then I encourage you to give this one a try.

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A copy of this book was given to me through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson December 1, 2014

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Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.

Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.

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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed this story. Melanie Dickerson is a wonderful author who knows how to weave a beautiful plot full of romance and adventure. The words seemed to flow off the page which made this an easy read.

Margaretha is a princess who doesn’t have much confidence in herself. She knows she likes to talk a lot and this can get her in trouble. It doesn’t help that her brothers tease her about this. She also doesn’t feel like much of a leader but what will she do when she is forced to be a leader and help save her fathers kingdom? You’ll have to read to find out 🙂

Collin is a wonderful hero who becomes even more driven to nail Claybrook when he finds out that Claybrook is trying to woe Margaretha.

I loved how Melanie worked a language barrier into the book as well, and Margaretha has to freshen up her English in order to even understand what Colin is trying to tell her.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the adventure more than the romance in this book as the romance was a bit of a slower build for me. But a great read and highly recommended for anyone who loves princess and castle type stories for grown-ups 🙂

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Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson April 21, 2014

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Book Description:

In this new fairy tale reimagining from award-winning 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-the boy she has daydreamed about for years-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, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined. Consistent seller and award-winning author Melanie Dickerson’s previous books-The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter-have sold well across multiple channels. She is looking to continue her momentum, as fairy tale retellings continue to be a strong trend among readers, providing a historical romance that puts a new twist on the classic story of Cinderella.

My thoughts:

This might be a young adult book but any woman who loves a good fairytale, or historical romance will adore this book.

This is the first book I have read by Melanie but I am planning on reading more. If the others are as good as this I may have found another author I need to keep my eye out for.

If you know the story of Cinderella then you get the general idea for this book but it is different. Gisela and Valten meet before the ball and Valten is smitten by Gisela. Valten is a strong hero who will do what it takes to protect Gisela, he does this even before he knows her. Sigh.

You will see Gisela emerge from a scared young woman into a woman who blossoms under the love of a hero. Just as we do under the love of our Savior.

I had a feeling of anticipation the whole time I read this book. I couldn’t wait to see how Melanie would handle the storyline and the love between the two main characters is heart-twisting.

This is a must-read for any historical romance lover and a great read for your teen who enjoys reading as well.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.