Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review
Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
The Healer's Apprentice is loosely based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. I have to say that this book has been on my to read list for quite awhile now and I was not disappointed! Dickerson tells a unique version of the fairy tale with many twists and turns. Rose is sweet and realistic; she knows she can never marry Lord Hamlin, so she steers herself away from him. Lord Hamlin feels the same way; he is intrigued by Rose and wants to spend time with her. In fact, he finds himself drawn towards her yet he knows because of his duty to his betrothed he could never marry her. His brother on the other hand throws a curve ball in the story, which you will have to read to find out for yourself! There is also the mysterious Moncore, who has continually eluded Hamlin for years. If you love a good fairy tale, especially one where the happily ever after doesn't come easily, then you will really enjoy The Healer's Apprentice!
You can pick up your own copy of The Healer's Apprentice via Amazon.
Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:30 AM