Friday, September 5, 2014

"The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dickerson

About this book:

  “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.

Series: It’s connected to Melanie Dickerson’s other books, “The Fairest Beauty” and “The Captive Maiden” and should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers.  

Spiritual Content- The sign of the Cross is done when talking about the dead; “Glory to God” is said; a goddess is mentioned; Prayers; Scriptures are quoted; Talks about God, His Will & casting out demons in His Name.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s, six items are called “cursed”, a curse is said but not written; Blood (semi-detailed); Black magic & demons are a large part of the story; a mention of how a dog died; People eat peacock (Yes, really! (Semi-detailed)); Wine drinking and hints about those who have had too much; Talks of hanging people (one person almost gets hanged but he doesn’t and it works out okay).

Sexual Content- three ‘wench’s; Studying each other (just the face); Flirting; Rose says that the blacksmith’s son wants one thing form her and it’s not marriage; Rose says she developed curves at age 13; She also says she doesn’t need attention, as “she knew a few maidens who had need it and ended up with child—and without a husband.”; Punishments for touching a women is the stocks and compromising her is death by hanging; Wilhelm says his brother, Rupert, is ”always happy when there’s a party to go to or a women to seduce.” Mentions of children out of wedlock & what happens to the mother; Romantic songs are sung and written; Girls gets attacked but only get hurt (semi—detailed); *Spoiler* A man asks Rose to be his mistress, she, of course, says no. *End of Spoiler*; Many hand kisses (highest being a semi that has shivers); a semi-detailed kiss and a detailed kiss; Love, falling in love & warm from touches.   

                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1386 {Medieval}
                                                        257 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
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Early High School Teens- 
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My personal Rating- 
“Sleeping Beauty” (A.k.a. Briar Rose) was my favorite Disney princess when I was growing up, but I called her “Iknow”, because of the song..? {“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream….”} So. when I heard about a Christian version I knew I had to read it. So, I got all of Melanie Dickerson’s four books from the library, but I read them out of order! I did “The Fairest Beauty” (number 3) first then once I realized that they were connecting, I read this one, “The Healer’s Apprentice” (number 1). Book #2, “The Merchant’s Daughter”, is another series which will be added to with her new book “The Princess Spy”, coming in November. I enjoyed this take on my precious Sleepy Beauty story and was shocked at how things played out.

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See y'all on Monday with another review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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