The Golden Braid, by Melanie Dickerson


A wonderful (and Christian) retelling of the Rapunzel story, set solidly in a German town in the middle of the Holy Roman Empire. Rapunzel and her adopted mother live a solitary life, and Mother has filled Rapunzel’s head with suspicions about men and the evil they represent. Yet Rapunzel’s natural joy and curiosity keep her from becoming as embittered as her mother, and, at 19, she is still hopeful she will find the right man for her. Sir Gerek rides unexpectedly into their lives, and Rapunzel may have to choose between following her dreams or following her mother’s path. Highly recommended for 16 and up, due to a deeply disturbing mother-figure.

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