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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. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
While you may be familiar with the traditional story of Rapunzel, you’ve not read a version quite like this!
The Golden Braid takes a simple fairy tale and spins it in an entirely different — and enchanting — direction. Forget what you thought you knew about the story, and prepare to embark on an adventure fraught with danger and suspicion. And yes, a swoon-worthy, noble love story, too.
The characters are wonderfully portrayed. Their emotions, their desires, their fears — all are depicted in very believable detail.
Every good fairy tale has a moral to the story, right? I loved the truths that were woven so carefully into the story without coming across annoyingly obvious.
The Golden Braid may be marketed to teens, but it’s going on my keeper shelf. You’re never too old for a well-told fairy tale, and this one certainly is!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
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