Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty
Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this 'Snow White' remake!  Sophie is a servant, in fact she is a scullery maid to  Duchess Ermengard.  An old woman sneaks away from the Duchess' grasp to deliver a secret message to Duke Wilhelm's son.  It is a long kept secret but one worth dying for.  Now Gabe has left to find Sophie and rescue her if she is in fact his brother's intended.  As the danger of escape follows them, they are drawn to each other but each has an intended waiting on them so they must avoid danger and temptation!
Sophie is a wonderful 'Snow White'.  She is strong, brave, honest and caring.  Definitely not the damsel in distress but needing saving nonetheless.  Gabe was a good, solid lead.  He isn't a knight in shining armor, that is his brother.  But he is strong, courageous and determined.  I like that he isn't the typical warrior but takes it upon himself to save her.  The seven were awesome!  The author did a wonderful job of turning this fairy tale story into a realistic portrayal of what could have happened.
An absolute 5/5.  I cannot wait for the next one from this author!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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