Book Description: 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?
My Thoughts: Rapunzel has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. So, when Melanie Dickerson wrote The Golden Braid I knew this would be a fun read.
Rapunzel notably has beautiful hair but she can throw a knife better than any man. But, unfortunately, she has a controlling mother.
Rapunzel only wants to learn to read and she wants to marry. Her mother decides that they must move since no man is good enough for Rapunzel.
However, the journey is dangerous and after a bout of trouble Sir Gerek rescues them. But then Rappel rescues Sir Gerek later on and he agrees to repay her by teaching her to read.
The big city living is not for Rapunzel. But as she sets about to make a bad situation better she comes across a mystery.
Treachery, lies, and deceit...whom can Rapunzel trust to help her?
Of course this is not like the Disney Rapunzel...it's better!
A wonderful take on an old classic!
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