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Melanie Dickerson’s The Fairest Beauty


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.


I think we can all agree that last year was an ode to Snow White, so I will readily admit that I was tired of the famous pale lady. But, from the first few pages I was immediately drawn into the novel which was both familiar and different. I really liked Gabe and the fact that he was not Sophie’s betrothed. I understand and appreciated his motivation to rescue Sophie. And Sophie was a great heroine. She was not a passive Snow White who waited for life to happen.  Also, if you’ve read The Healer’s Apprentice, then you will understand how nice it was to see how Rose and Wilhelm again and to meet the new members of their family. Spiritiually, I love how Sophie stayed in the scriptures and followed them regardless of her situation. I so enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down and I highly recommend it!

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