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The Peasant's Dream

By: Melanie Dickerson
Narrated by: Jude Mason
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The duke's daughter, Adela, masquerades as a peasant for a small taste of freedom...until she falls in love with a commoner who has no idea who she really is. In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance.

Adela, daughter of the powerful Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. Longing for freedom, one day she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick is a poor farmer and the sole provider for his family, and he often has to defend his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving beautiful images into wood, and he is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As Frederick works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily, and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. Even as their relationship grows, her true identity remains hidden from him, and he believes she is a commoner like him.

When disaster separates them, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of deceptions far more dangerous than innocent disguises. As the powerful lords set against them proceed with their villainous plans, secrets emerge that put Frederick and Adela’s future at risk.

  • Full-length, clean fairy-tale reimagining
  • The final Hagenheim story; can be read as a stand-alone
  • Also by Melanie Dickerson: The Golden BraidThe Silent Songbird, and The Orphan’s Wish
©2020 Melanie Dickerson (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Loved it!


Very good and unique Cinderella story


The best narrator, Jude Masons voice grabs you from the star of the story.

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An amazing story and so well read!

an amazing story!
I enjoyed this book just as much as all the others I've read from Melanie.

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Just basic

The story followed the basic format of these types of stories. There was no originality and nothing to keep you interested because you know the plot from the beginning.

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completely immersed

Melanie just does such a good job causing everyone to be completely immersed into the story. to me these stories are as good as a movie!

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  • Chris Terblanche
  • 12-02-21

The Perfect Ending!

So cute how she swapped their roles. Frederick as Cinderella! I loved it! Adela was a bit typical at first, but I liked that they were both artists. Frederick even had two sisters! Aaaaa! So Beautiful!

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  • 06-25-22

Definitely a lovie dovie one

Still a good book for our 10 year old daughter a bit much lovie dovie for our 14 year.

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  • 07-09-20

Excellent twist on a classic fairytale

Romantic story with great reading. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys fairytales and happy endings. Narrator clear and interesting to listen to. Would recommend.