Disney gave us Tangled with its catchy songs and adorable characters, and now Melanie Dickerson gives us a new twist on Rapunzel in the next book in her fairy tale series.
I grabbed this one on a sick day and found it to be a comforting and inspiring story of love and forgiveness. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my review through Litfuse Publicity Group.)
In The Golden Braid, Rapunzel has lived alone with her mother, Gothel, wandering from village to village, for as long as she can remember. As they’re on their way to Hagenheim, a large city in the region, they are overtaken by two bandits who prey on the women traveling alone. When they are rescued by Sir Gerek, a knight in the service of Duke Wilhelm, Rapunzel finds herself indebted to the man for saving their lives, though her mother has warned her against speaking to men. Gerek later finds himself in Rapunzel’s debt, and the two find their lives intertwined as they reach Hagenheim.
Gerek reluctantly agrees to teach Rapunzel to read, although she keeps it secret from her mother, and as she perpetuates her deception, she begins to wonder if her mother has been truthful with her about trusting people, especially men.
The unfolding of this story kept me turning the pages, and though it has the familiar plot lines of the familiar Rapunzel fairy tale, it has enough twists to make it unique. The developing relationship between Gerek and Rapunzel is fun to watch. Rapunzel is no damsel in distress, although she does need rescuing now and then. But Gerek is trapped, too, in his own way, a captive of unforgiveness.
The way Dickerson connects this story to the others in her fairy tales is brilliant, and maybe I’ve said this before, but I think I’m going to need a map of the lands where these stories are set, as well as a family tree.
Dickerson’s stories are an enjoyable way to relive familiar fairy tales in a new way and prove that you can’t outgrow them.
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