The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson


The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
“The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.”
—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

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So this book reads like the companion novel to The Princess Spy.I didn’t realize that. But it was SO GOOD. It reads like a fairy tale. I confess I was apprehensive. I love the original tale of Rapunzel. It’s gorgeous. I was afraid that Melanie might let the tale down, or change it in a bad way.
OH MY WORD WHY WAS I WORRIED
This book was perfection. Rapunzel was the heroine I knew from the original tale, but had changed in so many good ways. She took charge of the story, but I was a bit disappointed that she wasn’t as kick-butt as the synopsis suggested. But in that way, the kick-butt attitude wouldn’t have suited her. She was exactly what the story needed her to be, but not weak. She was real. She was the right sort of character to be in a YA novel in this time. In most every YA novel I read with a strong heroine the heroine lacks… heart. Sure, they’re passionate. They care about the good guys. But Rapunzel… She killed someone. I won’t say who. But that moment cemented everything I thought and knew of her. She was kind. Caring. Strong. And she was righteous. She regretted that kill. A lot of heroines kill and then wave it off. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s the bad guy. But this showed that no matter who it is, every life matters. And that was such a strong, pure message. It’s something I really wanted to see in the YA genre. It makes me overjoyed to see it.
Five stars to a wonderful story full of heart and romance and action.
FOR THE PARENTS –
Intimacy – Mild kissing. Mentions of illegitimate children, and of two women being led on and getting pregnant by men. Nothing is shown (except for the kissing)
Violence – Mild or low high? Not awful, but there was a large amount.
Cussing – None.

Intoxication – Maybe mentions of it? 
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