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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

Genre- Teen Fiction

Published by- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 336

Age Group- Young Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-72439-1, link to the book on Zondervan

Inspired by the story, “Snow White,” the reader learns of Sophie who is spending a lifetime cooking and cleaning for the evil Duchess Ermengard.  A young man, Gabehart, comes for the seventeen-year-old girl, because he believes she is betrothed to his brother.  Sophie doesn’t believe him at first, but she comes to believe him and trust him, and they flee to the Cottage of the Seven.  Will Sophie and Gabehart stay safe?  Will Sophie love Gabehart’s brother?

About the author- Melanie Dickerson lives in Alabama with her husband and two daughters. She has a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired and has been a teacher and missionary. Her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, was a winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book.

Go here for my review of The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

Go here for my review of The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson.

My thoughts- Many little girl’s enjoy reading the story of “Snow White” and pretending to be her.  Now teens have their own version and Melanie Dickerson did a wonderful job.  This story is sophisticated, romantic, and shows the importance of believing in God no matter what.

All of the characters were well developed and I loved them, disliked them, and cried with them.  My favorite character was Gabehart.  He was foolish to leave his family home to search for Sophie, but he showed dedication to her and his brother.  I felt sorry for the evil Duchess Ermengard, because she was against all and never loved or respected God.  I wish that there had been more time to try to turn her toward God.

I thought this book was well written and I would recommend it to all teen girls.  Please find a copy to read today.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson for free from Zondervan.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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