An imaginative and romantic retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty! When Rose, a young woodcutter's daughter, falls in love with the village ruler, their relationship is complicated by a curse. Will their shared faith enable them to follow God's will for their lives---even if his plans don't include a happy ending?
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Customer Reviews for The Healer's Apprentice - eBook
I have to admit that I only read this book because my 10 year old son (who is now 11) told me that I had to read “The Captive Maiden”.
Now you’re wondering why…
Once upon a time, I signed up to win a copy of Melanie Dickerson’s “The Captive Maiden” and I won. I was surprised because I don’t usually win when I sign up for giveaways. I do it to show support for the author.
But apparently God meant for me to read this series!
I was not impressed when I started reading the book. The cruelty was almost too much for me and I stopped reading. Then my son picked up the book, looked at the cover and read the back. After that, he demanded that I read it. This was such a rare occurrence (usually he ignores the books I buy or teases me about it) that I knew I had to give it a try.
And again, it must have been God’s leading.
These books are the absolute BEST versions I’ve ever seen of what are typically know of as “classic” fairy tales!
I’ve read reviews that complain about the strong themes in these books and I’ve read reviews that say they wish more from the original tales had been incorporated. And I am here to tell you that, in my opinion, they are wrong.
Melanie Dickerson deals with hard-core themes, yes. But she does it in a way that is honest and realistic while maintaining, what some may feel are ridiculously, high standards of modesty and decency – but I find refreshing in a world of bared bodies and brutish language. Our children need to be aware of these things and how to deal with them, especially since they are very much a part of the world we live in today. As much as I would like to shelter them from everything bad or wrong in the world, they have to know that evil exists and they have to know how to confront it!
I feel that Melanie Dickerson presents these harsh issues with grace and discretion.
And as for having more from the original tales, I think it is amazing how well Melanie weaves the pieces of the classic fairy tales through her own stories – using them to help tell the story and reveal the hidden truths slowly throughout.
“The Healer’s Apprentice” is a masterpiece of reality blended flawlessly with fairy tale!
Melanie Dickerson’s characters are simply astonishing – well written, colorful and embodying the very same values and flaws of the heroes and villains that inspired them. And, as much as I would love to say that she always paints the bad guys as bad – it would not be true to life if that were the case.
Evil is deceptive and tricky and it is not always easy to see it for what it really is.
The plot is so well-conceived, it is difficult to believe this is the first book she wrote after fifteen years of not writing. It flows beautifully and there is absolutely nothing I can think that would add to it.
And now I have three more books to look forward to – “The Merchant’s Daughter” and “The Fairest Beauty” right now and “The Princess Spy” releases soon!
Based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I bought this entire series for my 12 year old daughter for Christmas. Unfortunately she can't read them as they are not appropriate for younger girls. I guess because we homeschool, my children have maintained their innocence longer than other children because insinuations of rape and/or premarital sex do not figure into their worldview. I also did not realize that it is romance -ugh! I want my daughter to focus on the Lord not some 'Prince Charming'. I have tried to read the book to check for its appropriateness but just can't get past the contrived storyline and trite characters. So sorry I wasted money on this Christmas present which my daughter cannot enjoy.
A beautifully written book. My friend and I read it, we both think it might be the best book we have ever read. It has some great characters, and it has interesting and rather unexpected events. I wasn't positive how it would turn out, besides of course who would end up with who. That was obvious to me, and even though I knew that it was a very gripping read. I have read other books and put them on the shelf to read, maybe once a year. This one I've read over and over again, it's a masterpiece.
Rose couldn't stand there gaping, so she spurred her mind to action. "Lay him on the bed. Where is he hurt?"
With breathtaking emotion, Melanie Dickerson sweeps you into a story of a healer's apprentice that will leave you craving for more. She draws you into the story of Rose, who is struggling to find her identity. All Rose wanted was to prove that she was capable to become the next town healer...and to forget the engaged Lord Hamlin, who she had nursed back to health. But it seems like forgetting is a lot harder than she thought. The Healer's Apprentice is a story I won't soon forget. I actually did not know that the story was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty until I finished the book, which made it even better. The tension of the story keeps you reading for hours. It is enjoyable, fun, intriguing, and has some mysteries along the way. I fell in love with all the characters (except the "evil" ones) and wish that the book was a little longer. The ending was a little predictable, but besides that I loved it! I'll definitely be on the look-out for more Melanie Dickerson books in the future. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
I literally JUST finished this book and my thoughts: this was gooood! Now, I must admit that I am really not a reader of legends and tales. In fact, this might explain why I had trouble getting into the story --If you ask me, things were moving fast and most of the outcomes were obvious. And the 'love' story between Rupert and Rose? Good heavens, it made me wanna seriously squeeze myself into the story and slap some good sense into this 'lord'. But thank God for His divine mercy and grace. Which is really what this book is all about. Diving into the Medival times, (but writing in an understandable way) Melanie lets readers into the lives of Rose and compagny, living through twist and turns and in the end the message is GREAT and well put : God is the God of impossibilities. In the beginning, I didn't see how it was a retalling of Sleeping Beauty, but what is clear is that at the center of this love story there's a girl and the knight in shining armor. (Ladies did y'all the catch that? And no Rupert's NOT the one I'm talking about.) I'm satisfied and I truly give a shout to Melanie!
"The Healer's Apprentice" is a wonderful read. While reading it, I found myself day dreaming about this book. It's one of those few books you can't wait to plunge into. The setting is described so vividly and the characters come alive as you read. I have also read Melanie Dickerson's second book, called "The Merchant's Daughter", which is also very good. I purchased both for our church library and they have been rated highly among all ages.
I absolutely loved this book! It literally fed my heart and soul! Little warning - This was one of those books that I couldn't put down no matter what so plan to read it when you know no one will be bothering you. Or at least that badly. My mind seriously was always on that book and even after I read it...I dreamed about it days after! At first I was sort of questioning it because even though I knew who the talented Melanie Dickerson intended this book to be for, it was my friend's ninety year old grandmother that made me buy it. It was the very first time I saw her reading a fiction and was a great shock as she always gave lectures on how they were bad. Apparently, her daughter in law bought it for her saying she loved it and was going to visit her in a week. Knowing she would ask whether or not she read it, she finally broke down and read it. Boy did she break down! She was so wrapped up, she didn't even notice the barking dogs outside or the food my friend and I burnt by accident! I immediately read the description after she finally put the book down and bought the book even though I was sort of wondering whether or not I would like it as she, my friend's grandmother, usually reads quite boring books. I was so misguided! This book was wonderful and is great for all ages! It is now a top favorite of mine and I will most definitively be buying Melanie Dickerson's future books! This is a MUST read!
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Review 9 for The Healer's Apprentice - eBook
Date:September 28, 2011
I enjoyed this book, started out a little slow but once it started you could not put it down. Had twist and turns that kept you guessing.
I have a feeling Melanie Dickerson will become a new favorite author of mine. I loved this story; it had a wonderful fairytale quality to it, while at the same time sounding up-to-date enough for the contemporary reader. While technically a Young Adult book, it's the kind of romance that will appeal to any age. Dickerson has a heroine who appeals to the reader because she is a mixture of quiet/shy yet feisty. It's that underlying feistiness that catches the prince's eye. It's a medieval tale loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, and has an authentic feel to it. I especially enjoyed the hero and heroine's spiritual journey as each one is forced to grow in their faith. Wonderful ending. Some great *sigh* moments. Can't wait to read the next fairytale! And hope there are many more to come.
Rose is the daughter of a woodcutter in Hagenheim, Germany. She's been lucky enough to be taken into the Duke's castle as Frau Geruscha's apprentice healer. Even though her best friend is enamored of the Duke's returning handsome sons, Rose knows her place. That is, until the elder son, Lord Hamlin, becomes injured and Rose is required to sew him up.
Lord Hamlin has been betrothed to the neighboring duke's daughter since he was five years old, but he's never met the girl. An evil sorcerer threatened her when she was a baby, and her parents whisked her off to safety. She will come out of hiding on her eighteenth birthday and marry Lord Hamlin a week later. Hamlin has been seeking the sorcerer for many years and is nearly out of time before his wedding. He's been focused on family duty but, since his injury, he's fallen for the healer's lowly apprentice. How can he marry the princess when he loves another? How can he let Rose go when it seems someone is stalking her?
The Healer's Apprentice is a tale of historical fantasy and a rewrite of a much-loved fairy tale, fleshed out and set in 14th century Germany. Any lover of historical novels with a twist will be sure to enjoy Rose's well-researched, heartwarming tale.
I loved this book! I read it in electronic format. Melanie Dickerson has a lovely voice. The story and characterization was gripping. Ms. Dickerson acknowledges that she parallels another popular fairy tale, being inspired by time spent in a medieval German town but her “take” is original and compelling. The inspirational theme was strong.
Obviously those involved with the Christy awards nominations recognized the power in this story, too. Melanie’s debut novel was nominated for a Christy this year!
Rose is a sweet young lady, daughter of a woodcutter, who apprentices with Frau Gerushka, the village healer, in 14th century Saxony. Two royal brothers pursue her but only one will win her heart. One has pure attention but is betrothed to the mysterious Princess Salomea, whom the chivalrous Wilhelm seeks to find and protect. A very satisfying read and a lovely ending to this book.
Melanie Dickerson takes us on an exciting medieval journey to 14th century Germany, where knights in shining armor, castles, lords and ladies, and of course, forbidden love and secrets abound! The lovely young Rose, is appointed as a healer's apprentice in Hagenheim Castle under the tutelage of Frau Geruscha. When the handsome Lord Hamlin, the future duke is injured, Rose must tend to him in the absence of Frau Geruscha. Out of gratefulness to Rose for helping her brother, Lady Osanna invites her to a festive ball and there she catches the eye of Lord Rupert, their other brother.
A romance with either brother, however, is forbidden, for Rose is a lowly woodcutter's daughter, and Lord Hamlin has been engaged since the age of five to a young lady he is soon to wed, though they have never met. Soon Rose is torn between both brothers and a web of deceit and treachery threatens her innocent life. Who is this mysterious young lady who is betrothed to Lord Hamlin?...and how can Rose get him out of her heart and mind? Are Lord Rupert's intentions toward her honorable? How can she have feelings for both brothers at the same time?...and what evil lurks around every corner? Will Rose trust God to lead her to her destiny or follow her young foolish heart?
A beautifully written page-turner, destined to become a classic, is a must read for all ages! I can hardly wait for Melanie's next book to be released, The Merchant's Daughter, a take on the wonderful classic, The Beauty and the Beast!
The Healer's Apprentice is set during the Middle Ages in Saxony (Germany) and is loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. It is the story of a poor woodcutter's daughter, Rose, and Lord Hamlin, the Duke's son, and their forbidden love. Rose is apprenticed to Frau Geruscha, the village healer, and though Rose tries hard to learn her future trade, she is sickened by the sight and smell of blood. When she must treat Lord Hamlin's injury, they begin to be drawn to each other. Rose's lack of social status and the fact that Lord Hamlin has been betrothed to Lady Salomea since he was 5 years old are obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. This is a Christian version of the fairy tale, however, and nothing is impossible with God. Lord Hamlin and Rose both have a strong faith, which helps them hold on to hope. Most of the story was predictable, though there were a few twists that surprised me, including the climax of the conflict. My Kindle dictionary got a workout while I read this book, but I enjoyed learning about some of the clothing, Church services, food, music and dances of the Middle Ages. This story is listed as YA, but I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I'm looking forward to The Merchant's Daughter, based on Beauty and the Beast, which releases later this year.
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Review 15 for The Healer's Apprentice - eBook
Date:March 3, 2011
If you like stories that keep you guessing - this is the one for you. It more than met my expectations. Great story and great book!
I absolutely loved reading this book! I read it in one day, which I have not done since my daughter was born over a year ago. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction from this time period. I don't know why it is labeled teen fiction. I am not a teen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was well written, and I love the Christian principles that were present. All around great book!
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Review 17 for The Healer's Apprentice - eBook
Date:January 25, 2011
I loved this book and the characters where great! Good read.
This splendid fairy tale of a medieval romance shouldn’t be limited to teens—it’s an enjoyable read for all ages! An enchanting story set in a castle, even if a bit predictable at times, The Healer’s Apprentice keeps readers enthralled with its mix of love story, intrigue and suspense as good battles evil. I like that the main characters turn to God for help and the way the Lord teaches them and works things out for their best. It’s not just a typical “and they lived happily ever after.”
The Healer’s Apprentice explores relations between peasants and nobility and topics such as selfishness, duty, forbidden love, and discovering one’s destiny. It also shows how God can accomplish the seemingly impossible in ways that are as believable as they are a relief. I truly appreciate quality fiction like this that not only brings pleasure but encourages and uplifts the reader. Well done, Lady Melanie.
Though this book is labeled teen fiction, this fifty-something mom was enchanted by it. Rose is a healer's apprentice, a lowly woodcutter's daughter, in 1386 Saxony. Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin, has been betrothed to Lady Salomea since they were both young children. She is in hiding from the evil Moncore. Rose and Lord Hamlin meet and find themselves being drawn to each other. Both try to deny their love since it can never be, or can it? This is a fascinating, lovely tale of God's love and the wisdom of following His will. I highly recommend it.
This was an interesting story, it contained a tiny hint of mystery and some honorable characters determined to do what was right no matter how much they suffered for it. Both Rose and Lord Hamlin fought attraction to each other from early on in the story, but both resisted giving in to it, especially Lord Hamlin. And when Rose was offered the desires of her heart at the cost of others, she chose to deny herself. It’s primarily just a beautiful story, but the characters are admirable and their choice to pursue honor above their own desires is a good example to follow.