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?
As always, Melanie Dickerson delivers on sweet and clean fairytale romance. Set in the fictional town of Hagenheim Germany in 1413, Rapunzel and her Mother have just moved into town. Rapunzel’s mother is…off, to put it mildly. She has it in for men and every time one shows an intrest in her daughter, she forces them to move again, which becomes more difficult the older she gets. Rapunzel loves her mother, but it is becoming clear that she needs to step back and make her own life. When she helps an injured knight on the road, she might get her chance, as well as making her greatest dream come a reality – learning to read.
The characters in Golden Braid were…okay, I guess. Rapunzel was tough, but sweet as well. However I thought she spent way too much time vacillating back and forth over her decisions, it became slightly tedious to read at times. I could understand her care of her mother and fear of leaving her, but way that woman acted, I couldn’t believe she took so long to come to that decision.
Gerek I never got particularly attached too. The romance might have beeen sweet, but it fell a bit flat this time. It just wasn’t quite up to par with her earlier works. The story was very sweet, though slow, and when the action finally came in, It was slightly difficult to follow.
I highly reccomend that you read Dickerson’s earlier novel – The Princess Spy – before diving into this one. It will explain a lot, and if you haven’t, you might have trouble keeping up with what is happening. Things were challenging enough for me – and I did read Princess Spy first!
Heat Avisory: please note that it has beeen a while since I read this book and though I hope I have everything listed below, it is possible some details have been forgotten.
My Rating: three flames
Romance: Clean. A villain did attempt to attack a girl, but nothing came of it
Drinking/drugs: none I recall.
Violence: mild fighting, a few injuries/broken bones, and the aforementioned attack.
Happy Reading y’all!