Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Healer's Apprentice by by Melanie Dickerson

Our children's librarians sometimes like to read YA, here's a very romantic recommendation from Mariela!

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Romance, romance, romance… fills this book!

I’ve always been a romantic, however I’ve also learned that there should be more than just romance in a relationship.  This book fascinated me because even though Rose, the main character, is very attracted to betrothed Lord Hamlin (a future Duke), she was also practical and level-headed.   I also enjoyed the fact that the plot alternated between Rose’s and Lord Hamlin’s points of view.

 In this historical-romance-Christian-fiction novel, loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale and set in the fictional medieval German town of Hagenheim, Rose –a “woodcutter’s daughter”- becomes a healer’s apprentice.  This situation makes her happy because as an apprentice she won’t be forced to get married to improve her family’s economic and social status.  Unfortunately, she meets Lord Hamlin, a  handsome nobleman (who happens to be betrothed) and falls deeply in love with him.  When Lord Hamlin gets wounded and is attended by Rose, he also falls in love with her.  How terrible!

Lord Hamlin’s betrothed, Lady Salomea is being kept in hiding from the evil Moncore, a conjurer determined to control her with demonic possession.  Therefore, even thought Lord Hamlin has been looking for Moncore for years to save his betrothed, he has never actually met her.

 Both lovers, Rose and Lord Hamlin, choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest…but how will they ever get to "happily ever after?"

 The story has an awesome ending, which makes the romance even more worth reading! –I always like good and happy endings.

 I hope that if you decide to read this book, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

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