I always enjoyed fairy tales as a child and still love them as an adult. The first book I read from Melanie Dickerson was The Princess Spy. I enjoyed that story so much that I read the Fairy Tale Romance Collection which included The Princess Spy, The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Captive Maiden, and The Fairest Beauty. Each of these tales are based on a familiar fairy tale. Each of the stories are linked to the others with but not so much that you have to read them all in a certain order to understand them. Each of the stories take place in medieval times and contain appropriate historical details. They also each contain a romantic element that is clean and appropriate for older teens and adults.
The Golden Braid is based on the story of Rapunzel. The author takes a very interesting twist to the story. If you have read The Princess Spy it will fill in some of the details for you as it takes place at the same time as one of the big events in that story. If you have not read it, you will want to after you read this one! Melanie Dickerson proves with her stories that fairy tales are not just for children. I look forward to reading more from this author!
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