I just finished reading The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson.
“Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.”
I would rank this book as one of my favourite in this series so far. I enjoyed the references to the fairytale Cinderella as well as the extra events added in. I liked the characters of Gisela and Valten and the medieval tournament culture. There was plenty of drama and suspense and the romance was entirely clean and suitable for younger teens. I also liked the spiritual content.
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Looking for books for teen girls? Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings would be the choice for you. I’ve listened to the audiobook version of The Merchant’s Daughter (a Beauty and the Beast retelling). It is a beautiful story, and Jude Mason does a wonderful job narrating it. I read “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” quite a while ago, and I find it unique that the main character is Odette and Robin Hood rolled into one.
Here is Lou Allen’s review of Dickerson’s retelling of Cinderella.