The Fairest Beauty (Fairy Tales #3)
A daring rescue.
A difficult choice.
Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes
escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?
Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.
When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.
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!
The Fairest Beauty takes us to the next generation after The Healer’s Apprentice. Gabe, the son of Rose and Wilhem from “The Healer’s Apprentice”, is a second son and a bit irresponsible. Sophie, is a remarkably beautiful servant girl, who is often abused by the Lady of the castle no matter how hard she tries to please her Lady. When a dying woman approaches Gabe, and his renown, eldest brother Valten, with the news that Sophie is a Duke’s daughter and in great danger, it’s up to Valten to save her; only Valten has had an accident and is bed-ridden. Gabe, seeking glory to match that of his brother’s, decides to take on the quest only to find that convincing Sophie of who she is and rescuing her may be more than what he bargained.
Nicely written story with well developed characters. These characters are not afraid to have some “faith”, which seems to be lacking in so many books these days. The setting is perfect for this retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. And just wait till you meet the seven…
Well done Melanie! I can’t wait to read Captive Maiden!