The Healer's Apprentice Review (Fairy Tale Romance Series)
By Melanie Dickerson
Two Heart. One Hope.
This series is so great! Melanie Dickerson's Fairy tale retelling stories mix romance, history, and adventure together.
The first book is The Healer's Apprentice. The adaption of Sleeping Beauty.
Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle. A rare opportunity for a wood-cutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood. Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Future will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her – a bloated, disgusting merchant who make Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duck, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feel the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion. She must take the first steps in a journey to discover her own destiny.
Although Rose is not as courage as the other book’s heroines, she’s more a bit old fashion compare to other characters in other book…(perhaps…I guess only a little) Bur she has her advantages, she’s kind, she try her best to help her friends, and full of responsibility. She knew she can’t be with Lord Hamlin because of the betrothed, so she decided to sacrificed her own happiness rather the good of Hagenheim. Besides all of that, she’s a story teller!! How interesting! So for those who concern the shallow characters, I think it’s better to consider this book as a beautiful fairy tale rather than a contemporary novel. (the book itself is based on the Medieval term, so…just think read the book as Romeo and Juliet, but with happy ending.) Many of the bad review said that this is just another boring book, which the girl fall in love with the boy, or that it contain god is sooo good~ but if you view as a point in that period, compare to the other couple which was only choose a wife because of the outside beauty instead of inner beauty, you won't feel its so shallow.
Forget the plot about a damsel in distress, you’ll find yourselves enjoyed a gorgeous romance story.