Today I’m reviewing The Captive Maiden, the fourth book in the Fairy Tale Romance Collection series by Melanie Dickerson.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Happily Ever After…Or Happily Nevermore?
Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother.
So when Gisela meets the duke’s son, Valten–the boy she has daydreamed about for years–and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have.
To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye.
Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
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The Captive Maiden… possibly my favorite, so far…
Choosing a favorite is like trying to choose which cupcake is better — the one with the yellow frosting or the one with the green frosting… they’re both delicious, but my favorite is probably the one I’ve just taken a bite out of — it’s so yummy!
I think Gisela is the most inspirational “Cinderella” I have ever encountered. No matter how despicably she’s treated, she returns good for evil. This is the pure, selfless, beautiful person that Lord Hamlin — Valten — is drawn to in a way he has never before experienced.
Melanie Dickerson excels at creating realistic characters, even in her retelling of fairy tales that far surpass the good — and bad — in most people. I read this story — and I want to meet Gisela and Valten, Sophie and Gabe, Annabel and Ranulf, Rose and Wilhelm.
There — now I’ve said much more than I should have… if you want to know how it ends read it for yourself. And I most certainly can recommend that you read it for yourself – it’s SO GOOD!
I must say, I wasn’t sure what to think of Valten, when introduced to him in The Fairest Beauty. He seemed someone who was only interested in participating in tournaments and proving himself as the victor in the games. But he is so much more… Valten is most definitely a hero!
Surprises… oh yes, Melanie writes a wonderful Cinderella story, with lots of surprises, and emotion, and inspiration! Characters so true-to-life, you find yourself believing in them – but even more important, believing in yourself.
If you enjoy reading exciting, medieval fiction… with a happily ever after, don’t miss this wonderful series!
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God bless you!
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