Book Review: The Captive Maiden By Melanie Dickerson

17679368Title: The Captive Maiden

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Zondervan

Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013

Website: www.melaniedickerson.com



Book Summary:



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, Valtenthe boy she has daydreamed about for yearsand 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 really enjoyed reading this book. While it is not technically a series, it does follow The Healer’s Apprentice and The Fairest Beauty in story line and time. I felt like the characters grew throughout the story. But one thing bothered me a bit. Gisela often had no regard for the consequences of her actions, especially near the beginning. Perhaps I just cannot relate. I am not sure where the disconnect comes in, but it seemed that when making some of her choices she did not think at all about the consequences, significant consequences. Beyond that, I found it a good read. Many of the descriptions made me feel as if I were almost there experiencing it. I enjoyed reading this take on the Cinderella story.
 
Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Content: Clean – some mild violence
Source: Purchased
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