Saturday, November 17, 2018

Top 3 Books by Melanie Dickerson (Laurie)

You may remember back a few months ago when I shared about my Top 3 Authors Who Write Books Faster than I Can Read Them. I'm happy to report that I'm making some progress catching up! Not only did I finally read my first book by Morgan L. Busse (which was excellent, by the way!), but I've also listened to audiobooks of FOUR of Melanie Dickerson's novels. Not totally caught up, but it's a good start! And because I've been in such a Melanie Dickerson phase lately, I thought I would share my Top 3 Books by Melanie Dickerson - at least of the ones I've read so far :)

3. The Captive Maiden

This was one of those books that made me all gooey inside. I felt bad for Valten when his betrothed was stolen by his younger brother in The Fairest Beauty, so I was very ready to root for him when he got his own story! And I seem to be attracted to the strong, silent type - his emotions just felt so much more raw and authentic at the few points where he did express them.  Gisela was an easy character to cheer for as well, and I was eager to see her get a happily-ever-after following the cruelty she experienced from her stepmother. Action, cool historical details about knightly tournaments, and such swoony romance! *happy sigh*

2. The Golden Braid

I loved that The Golden Braid didn't follow the usual pattern of Dickerson's novels in many ways, and yet it had the same satisfying romance, adventure, and fairy tale connections. I thought the tie-ins to Rapunzel were especially clever in this book, and I really liked the way Mother Gothel's character was handled - the perfect blend of over-the-top protectiveness mixed with increasing hints of something a bit more sinister. It was fun watching Rapunzel and Sir Gerek move from dislike and distrust to affection for each other. Add to that the mystery of Rapunzel's identity, and I was totally sucked in!

1. The Merchant's Daughter

This was one of my very first Melanie Dickerson books, and I think part of the appeal definitely came from the fact that her romantic historical fairy tale retellings were still pretty new to me. But between Beauty and the Beast being one of my favorite fairy tales and the increasing vulnerability of gruff Lord Ranulf as Annabel makes an impression on him, this story really earned a place in my heart. I also appreciated the sweetness of Annabel's character and the way the meaningful faith narrative worked into the story. I may have to see if I can find the audiobook for this one so I can revisit... :)

How about you? Have you read any of Melanie Dickerson's books, and if so, which are your favorites? Do you have any authors you love so much you could do an entire post about their books?

See you next time!


  1. Great post, Laurie. My top 3 are The Merchant's Daughter, The Captive Maiden, and The Silent Songbird.

  2. I loved The Healer's Apprentice. :-)

  3. The Golden Braid is my #1 fave! But I also love The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.


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