The Healer’s Apprentice, A Book Review

Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, 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 feels 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 on a journey to discover her own destiny.

In this book by author Melanie Dickerson, the story of Sleeping Beauty is retold through the life of Rose, the young daughter of a woodcutter, who has fallen in love with the perfect man for her, only to be kept away from him due to a curse.

Melanie Dickerson:
Melanie Dickerson is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her novel has been a finalist seven times in RWA-sponsored contests, including winning the 2007 Fiction from the Heartland Contest over all categories. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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My Review: I chose this book for review because it looked like such a fun story, and because it is written for young adults. I’m glad I did! It was a great read, reminiscent of the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, but the story is much, much more and with a nice, spiritual twist. A wonderful tale, set in medieval times with likable characters and a steady story that keeps you turning pages until the late hours of the night. Recommended!!


*This book was provided for review by Zondervan.


2 thoughts on “The Healer’s Apprentice, A Book Review

  1. Ooh, good, I’m so glad you liked it! I just downloaded it a few days ago for my Kindle (they offered it free, gotta love free books!). I was wondering if it would appeal to adults, since I think the target audience is young adult. I look forward to reading it after seeing your review! 🙂

    Happy Reading Kimmy!

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