Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.
After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.
After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.
But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.
In keeping with my tradition of reading Melanie Dickerson on Christmas, I sat down, curled up in my pajamas to begin or savor this tale of Rapunzel. I found my eyes closing from utter weariness, yet my mind was alive with the word pictures that fairly flew off the page in my head. I think this was one of her best books yet. I am a fan of all of them, but this was so good. There are parts of the book that are quotable, which I will refrain from mentioning, but you just have to read it for yourself.
If you are looking for a book that will enthrall your teens or adult friends alike, yet give you a romantic story without any kind of romance that will make you think it is something you don’t want your teens to read, this is the one. It is excellent for discussion with your teens. These books by Ms. Dickerson are also available on Audible as well!