The Healer’s Apprentice (Fairy Tales #1)
Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
This week I am highlighting Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale series as a prelude to the release of her newest book, “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” on May 12th!
This story is lightly based on the story of the Sleeping Beauty. Rose, who is as beautiful as her name, is an apprentice to the healer of Hagenheim Castle. She has a sweet, caring spirit, but is squeamish when it comes to healing, and lacks confidence she could ever be the healer to the people of Hagenheim. Her mother has offered her hand in marriage to a man Rose does not know, and she is thankful for her apprenticeship which keeps her away from that situation. Lord Hamlin, the eldest son of the duke, has been promised in marriage to a mysterious woman in hiding. He doesn’t relish the match, but is an honorable man and seeks to be dutiful to his parents and to the people of Hagenheim. When Lord Hamlin is injured, the healer isn’t available, and Rose must find the courage to clean and stitch his wounds. Her beauty and tender spirit attracts him, but he knows he must not allow his relationship with Rose become more than one of respect and kindness. But as Rose’s beauty begins to attract more than admiration from his brother and others, and her life is endangered, Lord Hamlin must decide if duty is more important than doing what is right. A sweet, tender story that weaves a thread of love and faith into the next three books.