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Publisher's Summary

In author Melanie Dickenson's new book, a young healer's apprentice named Rose believes she will never marry...until she meets Lord Hamlin, the future ruler of her village. Hamlin is everything she could ever want - kind, understanding, and a man of faith - but her low station and the fact he's already betrothed to a mysterious woman makes their romance impossible. As Lord Hamlin seeks to find the sorcerer who cursed his future bride, Rose's life spins toward confusion. A creative retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale.

©2015 Melanie Dickerson (P)2015 Zondervan

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Mixed Feelings

The time period, storyline and characters were appealing. However, the narrator was sooo one dimensional that it really ruined the book for me. Her inflections were ill-timed, emotions poorly emitted and I never knew when one person stopped speaking and the other began. The only voice variation portrayed was that of a more common English accent for 1 or 2 characters. Also, it was read entirely too fast, making it an anything but pleasurable read. I slowed it down a bit and found it more tolerable. I honestly feel that this could have been really great, had it been read by someone else (like Mary Sarah Agliotta). However, I can't discredit good story material. This has the potential for greatness, but in all honesty, I'm glad it's over. 😕

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • J.G.
  • DUBLIN, CA, US
  • 04-29-17

A book for the Faithful

Melanie Dickerson takes the "fairy" out of fairytale. The classic love story is reinvented using the Christian/Catholic myths. Instead of good fairies you have the power of faith in Jesus and God and instead of a wicked fairy cruising the sleeping beauty's family you have a pagan follower bent on inflicting demonic possession.

While it was an interesting take, it wasn't really what I was looking for. While it was interesting enough to finish this book, I will not continue to read Ms. Dickerson's works.

The narrator was not as enjoyable to listen to as others I've experienced. She spends the first part of the book speaking too fast and has no variation in her character's voices. It was hard to tell who was speaking at any given point in time. This could be forgiven if she imparted some emotion into her delivery, but overall everyone always sounded only mildly interested in what was going on around them.

Summary: Good book for the right audience, but you'll have to deal with some pretty shoddy narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Had potential...with a different narrator

I read this book, and all the books in the series, and I loved them all; I have loved reading each and every one of Melanie Dickerson's books, in each series. However, I was very disappointed by the narrator. Her voice itself was okay in general, but she used almost no different voices or tones to differentiate between characters. Switching voices for each character is kind of the point of narration, in my opinion. Not to be mean or disrespectful to Jude Mason, but I wish they had maybe used someone like Cassandra Campbell or Julia Whelan, both of whom do an amazing job at giving each character a unique voice.

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  • MaChar
  • ALBERT LEA, MN, United States
  • 01-06-17

Boring

Struggled to listen to this story, ugh. I feel like I was ripped off. Going to take the rest of the series out of my wish list.

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Love it!

I absolutely loved this book. It was so cute and exciting and very interesting. Definitely recommend this!

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A delightful read for those who desire a simple plot and swoon worthy romance...

A delightful read for those who desire a simple plot and swoon worthy romance.

This book is wonderful in many aspects:
Romance
Intrigue
World building
Character development
Clean language and relationships
God and Jesus

These factors is what delighted me to read and pushed me forward to unravel Rose and Wilhelm's story.

However, there were things that left me unsatisfied:
The lack of the protagonist (Rose) displayed as a heroine. I felt Rise had the guts to step forward and do some saving herself, but she was laid waste as a damsel in distress.
There was also a lack of the protagonist's involvement in the main conflict with Montcore. I felt that she should have been an active role in finding him.
There should have been more plot twists, rather than predictability.
The villain should have had more appearances/buildup, than he had. Which made the conclusion of the conflict a bit lackluster.

Although this book was a bit lackluster in areas, I still found myself enjoying it, and binge listening!

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Good Read

This was another good story. I did not give it 5 stars only because I read the merchants daughter first. I felt that the love between the two characters developed more organically in the merchants daughter. In this one Rose was just in love over like 1 conversation. She was always crying, or sick, or being accosted. It was a bit much. But good overall.

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Wonderful Story

I really enjoyed this book and its narrator. This is the fourth book by Melanie Dickerson that I have listened to and would strongly recommend her as an author. Jude Mason did a wonderful job of telling the story.

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Utter drivel, bad mental illness messages

This book starts as highly predictable self-insert fiction. It then reveals its hyper-religious core, which isn't a bad thing in itself but characters are praised for inaction or "meekness" that makes them boring, and things just happen to work out for them, not through their own influence.

But my real issue is that the "villain" is a purely evil man with his motives driven from his mental illness. He then goes and infects (using a potion) someone else with mental illness, who is cured through exorcism. These messages are dangerous - those with mental illness need professional help rather than to be vilified, or told they are infected with demons. There was a little girl in my city who was killed by her family when they tried to perform an exorcism on her, so it can't be argued that these ideas aren't dangerous. If there had been more development in the mage's character, or if the author had made it clear that these ideas were prevalent in the middle ages but not acceptable now, the book might be forgivable; but honestly, that would require more substance than is contained in the rest of this white-bread book.

TL;DR: Predictable with overt Christian preachiness and dangerous implications about mental illness being evil. Do not buy.

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This book was okay

I liked the story until the last few chapters. I liked the interaction of the hero and heroine in the beginning, but towards the end of the book the story started to drag and almost became ridiculous. I found myself just wanting to skip to the end just to get it over with. It was disappointing, because the story started out so well.