Set in 1363 Germany, "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" by Melanie Dickerson combines the stories of Swan Lake and Robin Hood. Odette Menkels' greatest desire is to help the orphans and poor of Thornbeck. During the day, she teaches the children to read and write. At night, she poaches deer from the Margraves' forest to feed them.
Jorgen Hartman is the new forester for Lord Thornbeck. He is driven to catch the poacher who he believes is the same man who killed his father and to ensure his job is secure.
When Jorgen and Odette first meet at a Midsummer Nights Dance, they are simply two young people attracted to each other with no inclination that they are already at odds with one another.
While Melanie Dickerson's books have been aimed at the Young Adult audience, "The Huntress" is aimed at older readers. I have enjoyed all of her books thus far. I thoroughly enjoyed Odette and Jorgen. Odette is very beautiful, but doesn't try to use it to her advantage. She only wants to serve and help. Jorgen is handsome and honorable. Besides the romance in the book, there is also a bit of mystery as Jorgen tries to find out who is behind the black market. Partway through the book, I started to get an idea of what was going on, but I still didn't see all the twists that happened. I was happy to see that the danger of the story didn't involve the hero and heroine running away from the bad guy though the forest. There are discussion questions at the back of the book.
I would recommend this book to those who like historical, inspirational, and/or romance books!
"The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" is available in paperback:
- File Size: 1631 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718026241
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 12, 2015)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PCU5PG2
I received a free paperback version of this book by booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and a positive review is not required.