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Publisher Description

Sophie has long wished to get away from her stepmother’s jealous anger, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be her chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe knows he defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the orphan girl has stolen his heart. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises to himself he will keep her safe, no matter what.

When the pair are forced to run to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Can they find a way to protect Sophie while also safeguarding their hearts?

Young Adult
January 22
Grades 6-9

Customer Reviews

E Yael ,

Loved it!!

I simply loved this book! There were sometimes when I thought the writing could be better, but overall, it was great! It was very cute! I totally recommend it as a fast read.

Lace1981 ,

Loved it

The Healers Apprentice was my first Melanie Dickerson book and I was hooked! She has an easy way of writing that draws you in...The merchants daughter was equally as good and I could not wait for this one to come out. I look forward to seeing what other fairy tales she has up her sleeve!!

Gfydc gob b gchvgv ,

AMAZING but.......

I LOVED this book! It started amazing! I assumed the whole book would be about Gabe and Sophie trying to stay pure, but both start thinking impure thoughts, which led to innocent touching, which led to a not so innocent kiss.
I was very upset with this. I believe kissing and touching are meant for married couples ONLY! This book also has a few sexual references. For example a fellow servant describes to Sophie what her nightly walk with a handsome huntsman was like. The girl said and I quote ""We had a very.....good time." Darla raised her eyebrows and rubbed her hands down her waist suggestively." The book goes on to say that the huntsman "got drunk" with this darla girl.
If you are fine with kissing before marriage and sexual references, then by all means read or let your daughter read this book. I for one was a little disappointed with these little details.
But overall the book was amazing! It was sweet and funny and action packed!

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