Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"The Fairest Beauty" by Melanie Dickerson

About this book:

  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.

Series: All of Melanie Dickerson’s books are connected: “The Fairest Beauty” is considered #3 in this series. “The Healer’s Apprentice”(#1, review Here!), “The Merchant’s Daughter” (#2, review Here!), “The Fairest Beauty”(#3), “The Captive Maiden”(#4) and coming in November, “The Princess Spy”; should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers. 

Spiritual Content- Sophie has a very strong Faith & prays a lot; Sophie has most of the book of Saint Luke memorized & quotes it; Gabe quotes Scriptures as well; Monks are in these book; Very strong Faiths; Talks about God, His Will, & trusting Him.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, four ‘stupid’s, and an item is called cursed once; The Duchess had a guard drown a sack of puppies but Sophie saved them in time (barely above not-detailed); the Duchess slaps Sophie; hints & mentions of drinking; hare gets killed & eaten (not-detailed); Blood, hitting, slapping, almost killing, and poisoning (it is the story of Snow White, after all).

Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kiss & a very detailed kiss; two ‘wretch’s; hints of flirting; a jerk kisses Sophie & tries to touch her cheek (she slaps him away); Gabe gets hurt and his shirt has to come off (Sophie tries not to look); Love, falling in love, the emotions & touches (semi-detailed being the highest).

                            P.O.V. switches between them, Pinnosa, Duchess Ermengard & Vallen
                                              Set in {Medieval}
                                                        323 pages

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My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{Because the story of Snow White is kinda harsh and all the lovey-dovey stuff, I had to lower the ratings}
This retelling of the story of Snow White –with a lot of twists and turns—and characters with amazing Faiths. It was refreshing to read a “romance” book with both main characters having a strong Faith, as most Christian Romance novels have one of them struggling in that area.

See y’all tomorrow 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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