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Sunday, January 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE GOLDEN BRAID

The Golden Braid by [Dickerson, Melanie]
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?  AMAZON  3 STARS

I know that another person giving a review said that they thought that this book would be good for teenagers.  Maybe.  But as I was reading it, the story felt like it was meant for even younger readers. Probably one of the reasons that I found it hard to stay involved with.   My attention kept straying.  But I hung in there for a bit longer and a bit longer and the story finally started to take off.  I wouldn't say that this book is my favorite but it finally had some twists and turns where I began to like it more.
Maybe part of the problem is that I had wanted to read this book for quite a while.  So, maybe my expectations were set too high. I did like the religious element to it but thought it was a bit strange that Rapunzel was taught to read using the Bible.  That seems like a hard place to start.
I did think that the cover was very attractive, eye catching even. 

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