Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson


The Golden Braid
Written by: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Month, Year: November 2015

A brief summary from the publisher, Thomas Nelson:

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

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings 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?

About the Author:   Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.


My Review:

Late one night when the clock chimed ten,
I began to read the tale of fair-headed princess in a far off land.
As the pages turned over, I was swept up in the story,
as this was not the normal tale of Rapunzel’s golden hair of glory.
The story starts out in dead winter, year 1413,
with a proposal that left me wanting to scream!
I found myself cheering as Rapunzel’s mother had them flee town,
until an attack along the road turned my cheering to a frown.
I thought all was lost, ‘what more could be said?
There’s not much of a story if Rapunzel is dead!’
But through the woods a gallant knight came riding,
Sir Gerek (oh my!) with his drawn sword shining.
Rapunzel was saved (!!!) but as they continued on their journey,
disaster struck again, leaving Sir Gerek really hurting.
On and on the pages turned quick,
so engrossed was I in this plot so thick.
I smiled and I cheered, I grumbled and I cried,
for this Rapunzel tale kept my heart beating fast inside.
I turned the final page as the clock chimed loudly,
It was 3 am and sleep had left me soundly.
But as I softly closed the book and proceeded to sigh,
I thought to myself, ‘what a grand adventure, I wish this wasn’t goodbye.’


The Golden Braid is an amazingly whimsical, never-before-told story of Rapunzel and I absolutely loved every single page of this book. This is my second book that I’ve read by Melanie Dickerson and she has quickly risen as one of my new favorite authors. I highly recommend The Golden Braid to everyone in need of a giggle, as this book provides that and more!

I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers and a free e-reader copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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