The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is a FANTASTIC book. I had the pleasure of being offered a free advance copy for review and found it hard to place down. The book was an easy read and offered a different take on what many would consider the classic Rapunzel tale.
In Dickerson’s book, Rapunzel is a girl who has moved around often, her mother frequently going from town to town. This along with her mother constantly sharing stories of all the horrible exploits of men has kept her from forming any real relationships. This all changes one day when Rapunzel and her mother are saved on the way to Hagenheim by Sir Gerek. Suddenly Rapunzel is not as willing to accept everything her mother says as the truth and begins to learn and explore.
What I appreciated the most about this book was just how different this story was. I really liked the incorporation of God in to the story as Rapunzel learns to read. Rapunzel learns what true love is with every new word she reads and finally begins to grow into an independent woman.
This book is definitely age appropriate for teens and above. There are a few violent scenes, however nothing graphic. If anything this book focuses on the importance of love not being guided by fear. If you enjoy Fairy Tales but often wish there was less magic and more of a Christian perspective, this is the book for you.
I am giving this book 5 braids out of 5 for an engaging book that put a fresh spin on a classic fairy tale. I really enjoyed reading The Golden Braid and I hope you will too.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.