THE FAIREST BEAUTY
BY MELANIE DICKERSON
A daring rescue. A difficult choice. Sophie desperately wants to get
away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only
chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim
Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything
twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom---but
can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents
Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a
right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him.
Though romance is impossible---she is his brother's future wife, and
Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else---he promises himself he will
see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the
Cottage of the Seven, they find help---but also find their feelings for
each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from
the dangers around them---they must also protect their hearts.
Ah yes, I have a short list of authors that I anxiously await new releases from and Melanie Dickerson has pushed herself to the top part of that list because of the way she has been taking the fairy tales of my childhood and is reinventing them into these amazing stories that move me emotionally. I love the first two, but Snow White has always been a favorite for me and so this story was definitely anticipated! It does not disappoint. I love the way she turns this classic into a story that I enjoyed in a fresh, new way. Gabe and Sophie are strong characters that aren't promised to each other, but they just might be destined for each other... or are they? And the seven - LOVE how that happens! The tie in back to The Healer's Apprentice is fantastic and left me smiling and satisfied. What a great book, be sure to read all of Melanie's books!
This book is so good that I bought 6 copies to give to friends!