Once upon a time…
My dear friend Melanie Dickerson released 5 books with Zondervan – and they are the best Fairy Tale re-tellings I have ever read, quite possibly the best out there!
She is a skilled and talented wordsmith, crafting a beautiful fantasy world around delightful characters and weaving in so many twists and turns, that you aren’t always certain you’re going to get a “Fairy Tale” ending… or how.
And Zondervan has done the COOLEST thing! They are offering ALL 5 Stories in 1 eBook collection!
I’m so excited! As I’m sure ALL of Melanie’s fans are!
THANK YOU Zondervan!
Get ALL 5 of Melanie Dickerson’s WONDERFUL Fairy Tale Retellings in 1 eBook collection! – Tweet this!
Here’s a little look at the stories within:
The Healer’s Apprentice
(On further reflection – I believe THIS is my FAVORITE cover! It’s SOOOO Gorgeous! I WANT that dress!)
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.
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The Merchant’s Daughter
An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.
Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff – a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.
Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf.
As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
What if Beauty’s BEAST was just a man… but a man you could really respect! – Tweet this!
The Fairest Beauty
(This one WAS my absolute favorite story until I read Melanie’s NEWEST one… actually it still might be. It’s just SO GREAT!)
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.
Snow White… Better, more beautiful, more believable, more ROMANTIC! – Tweet this!
The Captive Maiden
(This was actually the first book of Melanie’s I read – which set me off on an immediate search for the others! I highly recommend that you start with The Healer’s Apprentice but DO NOT let that stop you from reading these AMAZING books!)
Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore?
Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother.
So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten – the boy she has daydreamed about for years – is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have.
To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart.
But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
This is how Cinderella was MEANT to be told! AMAZING! – Tweet this!
The Princess Spy
But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.
Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment.
Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well.
It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.
Romance, Treason, Espionage, Danger – you’ve never seen The Frog Prince like this! – Tweet this!
And I just have to do it… DON’T MISS Melanie’s NEWEST book either!
COMING IN MAY!
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
IT’S SOOOOO FANTASTIC!
A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.
The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him … a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . .
What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
Don’t you just GET CHILLS!
Two Favorite stories woven together to make one stunning tale! DON’T MISS IT! – Tweet this!
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