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 Captive Maiden (Fairy Tales #4)
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.
Note: All of Melanie Dickerson’s books are stand alone stories. The Captive Maiden picks up after “The Fairest Beauty”, focusing on Valten the eldest son of Rose and Wilhelm, from “The Healer’s Apprentice,” and Gisela, a spirited, Cinderella heroine.
Valten is ‘slighted’ in “The Fairest Beauty,” when his younger brother, Gabe, rescues Valten’s betrothed, Sophie, and the two fall in love. Valten is forced to relinquish his betrothal to Sophie. By the end, Valten acts nobly, but we can tell he is deeply hurt by the rejection.
In “The Captive Maiden” Valten has matured, and meets his match in the spirited, but mistreated Gisela. He realizes that if he had not been slighted by Gabe and Sophie, he would have never met the lovely Gisela, who has captured his heart. Captive maiden? Captive Valten is more like it! Plus, there is a whole cast of villains and adventures that will have you staying up late to find out what happens to our hero and heroine. These stories are endearing, full of faith, and truly enjoyable.