The Fairest Beauty

July 13, 2013

Title: The Fairest Beauty
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 323
ISBN: 978-0-310-72439-1

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 is another book in the fairy tale series by Melanie Dickerson. This one focuses on Sophie, who is our Snow White. This story follows the fairy tale a little more closely than the previous two books, but there are changes.

I did enjoy this story, but I didn't enjoy as much as the previous two stories (The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter). I think what threw me off at first was Gabe attitude. He was all about showing his older brother off, that he can go on a daring quest and do better. He comes off as "yeah, well, I'll show you!" Granted his brother isn't much better with his taunts to Gabe. Thankfully, though, Gabe does improve and grow-up through the story which brought me around to liking him more.

Sophie is just a young girl, 17. She has been abused almost her whole life by the duchess, who she doesn't even know is her stepmother. She was turned into the lowest servant in the household. The only family she ever knew of, what that of the cook and another maid who adopted each other. She had no idea who her true family was. She doesn't like to place trust in people, but as she experiences kindness from those that want to help her, she allows herself to open up to others.

Another small thing that through me off with the story was the pacing. It started to wain a little bit in the middle of the story. The story had a great pace at the beginning, but then things started to slow, thankfully though, it did pick up again heading into the end of it.

I did like that in the Fairest Beauty, we did get to see Rose and Wilhelm from The Healer's Apprentice again. I like how the stories are being tied together letting the reader know what happened to them after their story had ended.

Despite the few things that threw me off and I've never been a big Snow White fan, I did enjoy the story.
Too Read!
3 1/2 out of 5

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