Book Review: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest BeautyTitle: The Fairest Beauty

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Zondervan

Release Date: January 8, 2013


Book Summary:

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 really enjoyed reading this book. The plot does loosely follow that of the Snow White fairy tale, and I think this is a good retelling of it. I liked many of the characters and the plot drew me along. As I read, I discovered that this could be considered a sequel to The Healer’s Apprentice since this book features the next generation. I remember the religious elements feeling very heavy handed in The Healer’s Apprentice. There were religious elements in this book too, but they didn’t feel as heavy handed. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it was a nice escape while I spent hours in the airport waiting for a delayed flight.
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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  1. Thank you for sharing your review! I hadn’t heard of this book, but it sounds wonderful. I love the cover!

  2. This sounds like a fun read. I love fairy tale retellings.