Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #7) young adult historical fiction

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The One Who Needs Rescuing Isn T Always The One In The TowerRapunzel Can Throw A Knife Better Than Any Man Around And Her Skills As An Artist Rival Those Of Any Artist She S Met But For A Woman In Medieval Times, The One Skill She Most Desires Is The Hardest One To Obtain The Ability To ReadAfter Yet Another Young Man Asks For Rapunzel S Hand In Marriage, Mother Decides They Need To Move Once Again, But This Time To A Larger City Rapunzel S Heart Soars Surely There She Can Fulfill Her Dream But Mother Won T Let Her Close To A Man She Claims That No Man Can Be TrustedAfter Being Rescued By A Knight On The Road To The City, And In Turn Rescuing Him Farther Down The Road, Rapunzel S Opportunity Arrives At Last This Knight, Sir Gerek, Agrees To Educate Rapunzel In Order To Pay Back His Debt She Just Has To Put Up With His Arrogant Nature And Single Minded Focus On Riches And PrestigeBut This Rapunzel Story Is Unlike Any Other And The Mystery That She Uncovers Will Change Everything Except Her Happily Ever After

10 thoughts on “The Golden Braid

  1. says:

    GIF review Basically me the entire book And my other emotions during this book Actual review Who am I kidding There s GIFs in this review as well About this book 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 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 Series Ignore what Goodreads says, it s book 6 in the Hagenheim series Reviews of 1 Here, 2 Here, 3 Here, 4 Here, and 5 Here You do not have to read this series in order to understand it, but I highly recommend that you do read them in order Spiritual Content Many, many Prayers Many talks about God His love H s are not capital when referring to God Many, many Scriptures are read, remembered, discussed Learning to reading plus talks about the Holy Writt Monks a monastery Going to the chapel to pray Mentions of excommunication Many mentions of books those in the Bible Note When mentioning watching a birth, Rapunzel says it feels like she s in hell A few mentions of ghosts evil spirits.Negative Content Minor cussing including an idiot , a stupid , and two forms of shut up Mentions of curses said not written A but of sarcasm Fighting, kicking, pain, blood knives semi detailed Spoiler view spoiler Gerek s father killed his mother, then killed himself up to semi detailed hide spoiler

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    DNF 35% ish of the way in.The story isn t bad, but I didn t realize it was Christian Fiction when I picked it up Which is totally my fault, because the library had one of those little crosses taped on the spine, and I just didn t see it It was sitting on top of the shelf, and while I read the back and inside I never actually looked at the spine So my fault.This is unbelievably the 2nd time I ve accidentally picked up this author, and I still wish that somewhere in the description the publishing house would see fit to sort ofI don t know warn the reader that this stuff is suited to a faith based person.BUT.Even though I didn t enjoy the Bible verse stuff, this one wasn t as preachy as the other book of her s that I DNF d In fact, I think I could have potentially overlooked the religious theme if the story had been a bit to my taste As it was, I thought I was going to be reading about an ass kicking, knife wielding, warrior princess kind of Rapunzel, and that s not really what was in between the pages.Still.I think this book could work for a lot of people.

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    I got this book because I loved the cover and it s a retelling of Rapunzel But .I did love the parts with Rapunzel and Sir Gerek but there was too much with Rapunzel s supposed mom that got on my nerves I think the retelling would have been great if the mom didn t get on my nerves She was just on and on and on and on and on and on and on get it, about certain things that I wanted to throw the beautiful book Sigh The 3 stars are for Rapunzel and Gerek and the idea No stars for the mom ish

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    So, I loved this book Read it in one day I adore Melanie Dickerson s medieval fairytale retellings, and should seriously think about collecting them all _ Anyway, The Golden Braid did not disappoint in any way Another five star rating for Melanie s sweet romances This one is a retelling of Rapunzel, one of my favorite fairytales Rapunzel is a nineteen year old young woman living with her rather reclusive stepmother Though innocent and a bit naive, she s skilled at knife throwing and other odd hobbies but nevertheless, her mother warns her again and again not to trust people especially not men And she must not show anyone her long, golden blonde hair It s simply indecent.Devoted to the woman she calls mother who found her, abandoned, when she was just a baby Rapunzel strives to please her, and turns away many a suitor.But then, on yet another journey to a new home, they meet a brave young knight, Sir Gerek He, along with many secrets, are about to change Rapunzel s life forever Squeal I just loved it Fairytale retelling, adorable romance, wonderful heroine, heartfelt faith themes, exciting action eep 3 I love it when I find a fairytale retelling like The Golden Braid It keeps you smiling with lots of nods to the original tale, yet thrills you with spectacular additions and amazing characters, and pleases you with refreshing depth Set in the medieval era which is a favorite for me , Melanie Dickerson s stories need no magic They are fairytale retellings at some of their best Let me take a moment to talk about Rapunzel She is such a likable heroine and sometimes that s hard to find in books these days At first, she s a little nervous, and attached to her mother But over the course of the story, she learns new strength and independence And she s epic at knife throwing grins But she s also very sweet, compassionate, and sensitive She s courageous and has an admirable inner strength but the thought to be as good as the men or belittle men doesn t cross her mind She s just wonderful I think she kind of exudes that gentle and quiet spirit that the Bible talks about, while still being strong in the Lord I hope I can be like Rapunzel _ Also, I found it rather funny how she wished a certain young man would stay grumpy, because she didn t know how to deal with her feelings for him when he was being extra gallant and sweet Hehe Rapunzel s innocence is refreshing Seeing her young love story is so gently sweet.Of course, this being part of the HAGENHEIM series the 6th book , we see Rose and Lord Hamlin from The Healer s Apprentice , and some of their children, including Margaretha from The Princess Spy Sir Gerek is one of Lord Hamlin s knights I love the mysteries and everything, and how The Golden Braid is cleverly and closely tied in with the rest of the series I guessed some things fairly early on, but that didn t lessen the thrill any Also, The Golden Braid s story in intertwined with the story of The Princess Spy Having recently read The Princess Spy, I was able to remember certain parts, and it was exciting to see it all from Rapunzel and Sir Gerek s perspective What fun This a lovely tale to be sure The romance, as I mentioned above, is adorable I recommend for about fifteen sixteen and up because of some mature themes, not necessarily having to do with the main romance It was just, so sweet and beautiful huggles book I love Rapunzel And I love Sir Gerek And I love them together grins They re perfect 3 And their story is just so ahhh You must read it for yourselves Probably my favorite romance from Melanie Dickerson yet And the faith of each of these characters the lessons they learn The trust they show The putting aside of their own feelings to serve the other It really had depth Beautiful There were so many good lines in The Golden Braid I should write some down and start quoting this book grins But truly, there were some profound moments.That being said, I loved the faith aspect of The Golden Braid too I feel like these main characters really strived to know and love God, and His people And to do what He would want them to do They talked to Him, and trusted Him There was uncommon respect and restraint in their love story that must come from a godly outlook on romance There was also a scene of miraculous spiritual intervention All in all, the Christian part of The Golden Braid wasn t just a few preachy scenes added in it was a theme that enveloped the story I really, really appreciate that.Ah What else I simply loved this tale It combines my favorite story elements Faith, Romance, Action and Adventure in two of my favorite genres Fairytale Retelling and Medieval Historical A lovely novel I m so very excited to read

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    Holy Roman Empire, 1413 Rapunzel is the daughter of a travelling midwife She knows she s adopted, and the midwife, Gothel, has at least two incompatible stories of how Rapunzel came into her custody This is highly suspicious to nineteen year old Rapunzel Gothel also has an irrational hatred of all men and all written words, and she uproots the family and moves as soon as their neighbors notice they exist Rapunzel is now quite certain that her mother is insane.Yet like many victims of abusive parents before and since, Rapunzel is emotionally frozen and can t run away Much as she has come to loathe and distrust the woman who raised her, she still feels indebted to Gothel and is sure Gothel would just track her down and treat her even worse than before.On their way to the city of Hagenheim, Rapunzel and Gothel are beset by bandits Here their paths cross with that of Sir Gerek, a troubled young knight in service to Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim Despite her adoptive mother s attempts to keep them separate, Rapunzel is intrigued by the surly Gerek he finds her very physically attractive but will not bother courting a peasant with no inheritance Yet, at the prompting of a monk, he teaches Rapunzel to read, in both Latin and their native German.Literacy gives Rapunzel the confidence she needs to finally break her chains and run She reaches Hagenheim ahead of Gothel and takes a job as a kitchen maid She s in for angst, intrigue, and a great revelation Content Advisory Violence A battle in the castle results in a few non graphic casualties Rapunzel is repeatedly menaced by a particular bandit and has to fend him off with a knife The worst violence takes place in the past a drunken man throws his wife down the stairs during an argument, then leaps from a fourth story window when he sobers up and finds her dead A boy beats his younger brother A child is kidnapped and almost drowned by her abductor A young woman is drugged, kidnapped and imprisoned by her deranged mother Sex Gothel repeatedly tells Rapunzel that Men Only Want One Thing and will resort to violence to get it if sweet talk doesn t work view spoiler Gothel s perspective comes from her experience she s the illegitimate daughter of Hagenheim s previous duke and blames her mother for being seduced and raising her in poverty The cycle repeated when the young adult Gothel was seduced by an official, who promised to marry her but sailed to England for a job opportunity and left her pregnant The baby died, and Gothel s family blamed her This seems to have driven her mad in earnest and prompted her to kidnap Rapunzel hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Readers who love getting lost in a fairytale romance will cheer for Rapunzel s courage as she rises above her overwhelming past The surprising way Dickerson weaves threads of this enchanting companion novel with those of her other Hagenheim stories is simply delightful Her fans will love it.

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    I have very mixed feelings about this book As a huge fangirl of Tangled, of course, I could hardly wait to get my hands on this Rapunzel retelling Especially considering the gorgeous cover However, though I dove in with gleeful expectations, the story just never fully captured my interest It actually took me three months to finish reading it There was just something about it it just felt awkward and stilted much of the time And I never grew to truly love the characters like I did in the previous books of this series In fact, I was quite annoyed with them most of the time For some reason, the story just didn t satisfy the anticipation for the book.That said, I did enjoy certain aspects of it I would recommend reading or rereading The Princess Spy just before you start this one, since they parallel each other I would have enjoyed that part of it if I had read The Princess Spy recently I also do always love hearing about Rose and Wilhelm s family That was probably my favorite part of the book.I may not have enjoyed this book nearly as much as the ones before it, but I do recommend reading it to continue the story There were some interesting bits of history tied together from the other books So don t pass it up based on my review.I received a copy of this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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    I finally got around to reading the next book in this series, and I think it ll be the last book in the series I read I ve read the previous 5 books in the series already and, after this 6th one, I m finally giving up.Literally every book in this series is practically the same, except the characters have different names Seriously It s not even a good pattern It s an annoying stereotypical series and I ve only partly enjoyed one of these books The Fairest Beauty It was the most original and a little better than the rest.As I mentioned in my review of the The Princess Spy the 5th book in this series , here s the basic plot outline for ever single book.A boy who comes in to rescue the girl, falls in love with her, tells himself she doesn t love you so you can t love her, and ends up with her A girl who is wealthy whether she knows it or not , is strong willed, fights for her life, tries to avoid a man she doesn t want to marry, falls in love with mysterious boy, tells herself she doesn t love him, and ends up with him.A villain, usually a guy but not limited to being one , normally wants to marry the girl, the girl doesn t want to marry the villain, he goes off and attacks, kidnaps the girl several times, and ends up losing to the boy in the end Though The Fairest Beauty is the only one that changes away from this plot It has a female villain I challenge you to read these books and try to find one WITHOUT these plot points I know some people love these books and that is totally okay with me But I m just not one of those people any.As for cleanliness, it s a Christian book and its clean Nothing inappropriate here.

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    Am I the only one or did anyone else find themself humming the theme from Tangled while reading the blurb for this book I know the blurb says like no other and that is true, but there are definitely bits of it that are reminiscent of Disney s long haired heroine And for me those little tidbits just added to an already fantastic story Speaking of similarities I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that Melanie makes her characters enad with books and reading Not only is it a wonderful addition to each story, it s so very realistic especially given that it s usually her female characters who want to learn or have found a way, even though they really shouldn t Now we just have to wait until May for her next awesome fairy tale retelling And I ll tell you a little secret In February, Melanie is releasing a Regency Intrigue Romance Exciting Review JCMorrows 2015

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    Actual rating 2.5 buddy read with Stefanie Plot The plot was pretty predictable and had no set direction until later in the book The plot was pretty dull and boring for the most part and I wasn t really pulled in or intrigued.Characters I feel like I never really connected with the characters I didn t really care what happened to them and I just for some reason didn t emotionally connect to them Rapunzel really had no personality and she just didn t have a spine for most of the book and refused to stand up to her mother which I hated so much it frustrated me to no end Romance The romance felt superficial and fake and I didn t really enjoy it I felt no chemistry between Sir Gerek and Rapunzel and I feel like Gerek was very superficial and a bit surface level especially in the beginning he was just ok nothing special.Writing Style The writing style was ok I feel like The Princess Spy and The Captive Maiden by her sucked me in way and the writing style was just enough to keep me going it was easy to read but I just didn t really flow like her other books it felt stunted and disconnected it was very strange since I ve loved two of her other books so muchOverall, this book was disappointing I didn t enjoy it very much and if you wanna get into Melanie Dickerson I suggest starting with The Captive Maiden because that s in my favorites it was amazing way better than this and then my second favorite of her was The Princess Spy both of those better than this one even though I expected this to be just as good I will continue to read of her works