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Monday, March 25, 2013
Review: The Fairest Beauty
The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
This is an imaginative retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale with a Christian twist. While it doesn't remain entirely true to the original tale, there are enough similarities that you recognize the inspiration.
What I liked the most about this book is that Prince Charming (aka Gabeheart Wilhelm) not only displays an enduring love for Sophie (aka Snow White) but it is a pure love. He is concerned for her reputation, with making sure that he treats her with respect, and that he honors her. This seems to be a lost character trait in today's world. But don't get me wrong, he has flaws too. He is impulsive, rash, headstrong, and full of pride. As with all great stories though, he does come to recognize his flaws.
I definitely plan to pass this on to my teen daughter and I am sure she will love it too!