The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

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From New York Times bestselling author comes The Golden Braid!

The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again--this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight--Sir Gerek--Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

"The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel's search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end."

--Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2015
ISBN: 9780718026271
0718026276
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Alexis_K
Aug 09, 2017

This was a good book, based on the Rapunzel story. I enjoyed the fairy tale, although predictable, it gave me a happy feeling when I finished it. But, I dislike how in the novel, the heroine is so good. She is skilled, kind, beautiful, smart, etc., as is with Melanie Dickerson's other novels. But I do recommend it to most anyone who likes fairy tale type romances.

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blue_parrot_326
Jul 02, 2017

Melanie Dickerson is my favorite author for sure. This book: The Golden Braid is very loosely based on Rapunzel. A nice story from the Hagenheim series. It is written in a way that focuses on both Rapunzel and Sir Geret's viewpoint. Very interesting to read. I would definitely recommend this book to all.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 27, 2016

Just to not spoil anything from the previously written books, I suggest to starting readers to read this book last/ after all of the ones before it. Such would include the Captive Maiden, The Merchant's Daughter, and more. Nonetheless, this book sure stands up to its elders before it with just as much suspense, adventure, and romantic tensions. As the cover gives away, this is a medieval spin on the story of Rapunzel, and it takes place just after its predecessors. I found this especially fun to read at parts that mention characters from before, such as Gisela and Valten. I found this storyline very interesting to read and skip along, as it was different from my idea of a modern twist. Shocking secrets are uncovered about Rapunzel's history and they may or may not throw her ideas of the future into a tizzy. Readers will only have to read on to see what happens! 5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

In medieval Hagenheim Germany, seventeen-year-old Rapunzel tries to dutifully serve and obey her unpredictable mother, yet fulfill her dream of marrying and reading. When Rapunzel and her mother are moving they are attacked by strangers. Luckily Sir Gerek comes to their rescue. He is injured in the attack and he depends on Rapunzel and her mother to return him to home safely. Rapunzel then gets reading lessons from him and is intrigued by this handsome but broody saviour, even though her mother warned her to never trust any man. I really liked this book. It's based on the original Rapunzel but a bit different. I enjoy reading fantasy novels and this was a short sweet one. I loved the characters in this book, especially Rapunzel. The book alters between Rapunzel and Sir Gerek. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Elizabeth_118
Jul 11, 2016

It was too religious for me. I thought it was a new take on the story of Rapunzel. Not a story about Christ being God and how to follow him. etc. This type of story telling is not for me.

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LadySade
May 27, 2016

The golden braid is the second book I read by author Melanie Dickerson

I’m still delighted with the idea of fairy tales in medieval times. This story is Dickerson’s rendition of Rapunzel , an oh-so fair maiden with a deep mystery surrounding her. First, the title of the book I feel is misleading in the context of Rapunzel. Entitled the ‘golden braid’ I was expecting there to be more of a focus on her hair and that this braid has some unique capabilities or powers. Besides some 'here' and 'there' references to the beauty of her hair there was really no magical implications. But I was not too disappointed.

I liked the characters well enough, the heroine was very likable and the hero gallant. The character development between them was also fairly implemented. They had a chance to get to know each other before they fell in love. Their romance was the expected 'happily ever after that they both longed for' (then again its a fairytale….)
I came away feeling that the story was a tad too long. Do you know that feeling? You’re reading a book and you think its getting ready to end by the events happening but then you see that you have 100 pages left to read? And you're like, the author should end this already!

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 22, 2015

Nope. This one didn't do it for me.
I'm beginning to realize that as I've read more books and seen different writing styles, and as my own writing style and reading tastes have developed and changed, I'm finding Dickerson's books more and more (and more) lacking in...well, everything.
The plot dragged, especially in the beginning, and didn't really pick up speed till midway through the book. Some of the characters were completely pointless and nothing but ends to a means. Rapunzel and Gerek's romance, though a little more realistic and slower-paced than Dickerson's other romances, was still cliche and had me rolling my eyes. As usual, Dickerson does not use her writing style to SHOW, instead telling a lot of things through her writing about what the characters are feeling/thinking. The dialogue has gotten better, but Dickerson seems to cram mini-sermons into these exchanges between characters, with little regard to subtlety or good timing. It comes off as forced and preachy, even though the lessons are good and wholesome.
As for pros, there aren't many, but I can say that Dickerson still tries to keep her romances clean and respectful, and I do appreciate that. Any romantic moments generally come off as sweet not sensuous, and as always, Dickerson's male lead shows great respect and chivalry toward his woman (and all women, for that matter) and her reputation.
However, content aside, the book didn't impress me. Sure, I will admit I was drawn into the story a little past halfway, but the ending left a too-sweet, overly clean taste in my mouth. Cliche and disappointing. Not a good mix.

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julia_sedai
Dec 21, 2015

This is definitely one of the best that Dickerson has written. I've read her YA Christian medieval fairy tale retellings since they first started coming out. The last few I found lacking, but this one made up for them. Rapunzel is a great character - smart, hardworking, honest. I also liked Gerek because he is not shallow. The characters in this story seemed real. The end was definitely predictable, but it was still worth finishing. I recommend it for teens who like medieval stories, fairy tales, and romance.

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fuzzybunnies
Nov 30, 2015

I LOVED this book. It was one of my favorite books that Melanie Dickerson wrote.

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