When I got the email from Booksneeze saying what books were going to be available in December, I made sure to come back and request "The Captive Maiden" by Melanie Dickerson the first day it was available. This is the book description:
Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
I was intrigued by it being a retelling of "Cinderella" and really wanted to read it. When it came, I sat it on the table since I was working on sewing Christmas presents. I kept looking over at it and was tempted to pick it up and read! Then it came to the evening and the kids were home so I couldn't work on the sewing projects, so I picked it up. Big mistake, I couldn't put it down! I did force myself to sew the next morning, but as soon as I couldn't work on my sewing, I finished the book! It was done in a day!
I had a basic idea of how the story would go since we all know the "Cinderella" story. It was fun and intriguing to see how Melanie Dickerson made the story her own. This story is set in the year 1412. I hadn't read any of her other books and a "cameo" appearance by characters from "The Fairest Beauty" comes near the end of the book. This book works well as a stand alone story. Although I did have to check out her other books as soon as I finished "The Captive Maiden"!
This is listed as a Young Adult/Teen book, which I didn't realize until I saw it on the back of the book. I am far from a teen and still really enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed the fact that this is a Christian book and the characters pray and seek God's will for their lives. The extent of their physical relationship is kissing.
I highly recommend this book to teens up through 100+ ☺
You can purchase this book through Zondervan for $9.99.
ISBN 13: 9780310724414
Weight: 0.72 lb
Size: 8.5 × 5.5 × 0 in
Length: 304 Pages
I received a free copy of this book through the Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other form of compensation.