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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson, Cymplified!

Guess which character the title refers to? 😀

Confession: I still love fairytales! I still look forward to Disney releases of princess stories. I still like reading books about royalty. If I could get away with wearing long billowing dresses, I would!

The Golden Braid…

is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel. I watched Disney’s Tangled so I kept picturing Gothel like the one in the animated movie, clever and crazy, dark and dangerous. It’s really a miracle that Rapunzel grew up as a conscientious girl, albeit too mistrusting, like me.

When Rapunzel met Sir Gerek, the knight, things started to pick up and I found myself keep “turning the pages” of the book. It’s a riveting read, even though there was a part that seemed to drag on, or was I just too eager to see how it would end? To uncover the mysteries Rapunzel was puzzling over?

I truly loved how the author naturally incorporated Bible verses into the thoughts and dialogues. It’s a fairytale that is grounded in God’s Word. Even the development of the main characters were based on how the Lord touched their hearts and lives through the people they encounter. These were necessary to reach the conclusion.

There’s just one thing though… I wish I have a hard copy of the book! 🙂


Note: I was provided with a free copy by BookLook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Golden Braid Book Cover The Golden Braid
Melanie Dickerson
Historical Fiction
Thomas Nelson
November 17th 2015

Book Description

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.