the golden braid {book review}

The Golden Braid

by Melanie Dickerson


The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She
ings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?


Being the fairytale romance lover that I am, this book was such a delightful treat to read!

I love Melanie Dickerson’s idea of taking traditional fairytales and weaving them into faith-filled historical tales.  Crafting lovable characters and setting them on the stage of a familiar familiar plot, but still throws some sweet surprises in, Melanie’s work is truly a delight to the soul.


In The Golden Braid, I found that I truly admired the characters of Gerek and Rapunzel.

While they still had their own flaws and lessons to be learned, throughout the story they were completely honorable and scrupulous in their actions and attitudes toward each other.  This was a quality to be praised in a fairytale romance, as it is easy for such a genre to be filled with sensuality, Gerek and Rapunzel demonstrated virtue and true honor to God.


I enjoyed the twists on the plot to the traditional story of Rapunzel!

While just enough of the story followed the familiar, I was delighted to find a few surprises, making the story truly unique.

The one thing that I did not like, however, was an inclusion of a particular character that I did not see much point to.

He was a part of the inciting incident, but then ended up only being a nuisance instead of part of the greater plot, like I was expecting.  But this, honestly, is my only complaint about this lovely book!


The Golden Braid is a faith-building fairytale that I look forward to sharing with my sisters and girlfriends alike!

I can’t wait to read what Melanie Dickerson has in store next, and I will be looking up her other books to enjoy in the meantime!


I received this book courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

Amy B
Jesus lover. Obsessive coffee drinker. Chocolate consumer. Plays guitar. Sings too loud. Apple girl. Wordaholic. Bookie. Music junkie. Techy. Unlikely hipster.

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