Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: Romance Fairy Tales, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I liked this sweet, clean romance, but there were some things about it that kind of threw me off.
This book was given to me by the publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for an honest review.
I first want to start off by saying that I had no idea that this series of retellings were Christian books. That kind of threw me off of the story, as sometimes with Christian fiction the religious aspect overtakes the actual plot of the story. But I digress--I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It was nice, and sweet, but for me, lacked several things.
Rose has been appointed the healer's apprentice for the royal family, a great opportunity for a mere woodcutter's daughter like her. She's grateful for the work, as it helps her avoid the frightening possibility of marriage to a local brute. When Lord Hamlin, the duke to be, is wounded, Rose tends to him. While she does so, she falls for him, and he for her. But she realizes that God may have other plans for her..
What I enjoyed:
-I liked the way that the prose was in keeping with the time period
-I also enjoyed the way the romance was clean, and tender--it fit with the characters
-Rose, the young woman who tries her best to stay true to God, and her heart--I liked the way she really made an effort to help other people
-Lord Hamlin, the man who falls head over heels for Rose, despite his royal responsibilities and his own sense of duty
-The secret at the end of the novel
-Hildy and Gunther
What could've been better:
-Rose, at times, seemed a bit too perfect, too good to be true, and I found it a little hard to relate to her
-It really bothered me, the way that paganism and demons were portrayed in the novel--it almost seemed as though pagans in and of themselves were bad, and it makes me wonder if it's going to be a continuing trend
-I didn't like Rose's family or Lord Hamlin's--they seemed unnecessarily cruel and rude to all the characters in the novel, and it bothered me
Overall, The Healer's Apprentice was a good read, but in the end, it wasn't spectacular, nor terrible--just somewhere in between. Next on deck: The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson!