The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

The Rapunzel fairytale story is reimagined in a new YA novel, The Golden Braid, by Melanie Dickerson. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?


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The Golden Braid (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

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Melanie Dickerson

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Melanie Dickerson is the author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    It was no surprise to me to discover vast enjoyment during my time reading Rapunzel’s story in The Golden Braid. As a matter of fact reading this story brought a lot of the other Fairy Tale Retelling Romance stories and Hagenheim family tales together. While the story stands alone, it is a wonderful glimpse in seeing the lives of other characters I have come to appreciate and adore as they have changed and adapted after their own adventure and bouts with romance.

    Written by Creative Madness Mama on December 10, 2015
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    I typically am not a fan of reading about medieval times with castles, knights, and damsels in distress but Melanie won me over with her retelling of fairy tales set in an era where kings in their castles ruled the land. Her first tale I read was The Merchants Daughter and really enjoyed it. I looked forward to getting into The Golden Braid and this book didn’t disappoint.

    Written by tammycookblogsbooks on December 7, 2015


    This story is a faithful retelling (of the old fairy tale) with some additional twists and fresh changes to make it new and refreshing. I love how Rapunzel tries to be as independent as she can by learning all kinds of trades and self defense, while trying to honor her mother. The way the truth of Rapunzel’s past is revealed slowly, but not so slow as to aggravate the reader. I love how everything comes to light to both her and her real family.

    This is a delightful book that readers of all ages will enjoy.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on December 6, 2015
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    This was my first time reading anything by Melanie Dickerson, but I really enjoyed The Golden Braid! I love how Dickerson takes the fairy-tales we all know and loved growing up, and making them into exciting adventures.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on December 6, 2015
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    This is my first and will not be my last read from Melanie. Who ever thought that you could re-tell a fairy tale? Melanie has done it in the re-telling of Rapunzel.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on December 6, 2015


    The Golden Braid was a wonderful retelling of the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel. The characters were interesting and well drawn. The story was engaging with plenty of danger, deception, some mysteries, some friendships, and a sweet romance. The inspirational aspect was light and felt authentic, enough so that this would be a good read for inspirational and general YA, NA, and adult genre readers. What made the story so enjoyable was the way the setting and story came alive and that the author made this story her own.

    Written by Wishful Endings on December 6, 2015
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    When it comes to books aimed particularly at female readers teen ages and up, then I better let my daughter do all the talking. The moment The Golden Braid hit our doorstep, she snatched it up and huddled in her room and we scarcely heard from her until she’d ravenously made her way through the novel. She emerged, somewhat dreamy eyed, declaring that The Golden Braid was her favourite book of the year, perhaps her favourite book ever! Now, if that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is!

    Written by Christian Fiction Addiction on December 5, 2015
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    It was a delightful, fun, entertaining, smart romp. I adored this retelling of Rapunzel and feel that Melanie Dickerson did a wonderful job. The fact that it was a Christian book, therefore pointing us to Christ and also free from anything trashy, was a major plus!

    Written by Busy Being Blessed on December 5, 2015
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    I have LOVED this series by Melanie. It is great to see her take a classic and rework it like this. I love that she modernizes the classic tale, yet keeps the old fashioned elegance about it! These are great for youth fiction, and for adult. I can’t wait until my young daughter can be old enough to read these. I know she is going to love them, especially The Golden Braid, as Rapunzel is her favorite.

    I actually like Melanie Dickerson’s version better than Disney! She adds so many extra details that make you really want to dive into the book more. Excellent job, and excellent series!

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Reviews on December 5, 2015
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    I have always loved reading fairy tales and also retelling of fairy tales. If you have never read one of Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings you are missing out. In her most recent book, The Golden Braid, Ms. Dickerson gives us the retelling of the story of Rapunzel and she does it remarkably well.

    This book is packed with mystery and intrigue and has the story of Rapunzel masterfully woven within. I was pulled into the story from the very first page and found myself in the medieval era walking right along side Rapunzel and her mother, Gothel as they moved to a new town.

    This is a masterfully created retelling of Rapunzel and while it is considered a book in the Young Adult genre, I believe adults will love it just as much!

    This would make a great gift for Christmas this year!

    Written by All Things Are Possible on December 5, 2015
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    I loved this story from beginning to end. Rapunzel is creative, kind, and she fights for those she loves. Knowing that her mother has lied to her doesn’t stop her from being concerned about her. She can throw a knife better than any man. The mystery surrounding Rapunzel was something I didn’t see coming and showed Rapunzel’s true character.

    With Christmas around the corner this book would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves fairy tales.

    I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Radiant Light on December 4, 2015
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    This was the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and for the most part, I found it to be a delightful and charming read.

    As the title would hint, this is a book about Rapunzel, but unlike any other Rapunzel story I have come across. Rather than being set in a fantasy world full of magic and evil witches, this feels much more like something that could have happened in the real world (with a distinct German feel to the setting).

    Written by Luxury Reading on December 4, 2015


    I enjoyed reading this story from Rapunzel’s point of view, and the occasional chapters from Sir Gerek made the story that much more enticing. Melanie’s writing style is wonderful and I love all of her fairy-tale retellings so I can confidently say that fans of her past works will definitely be pleased with this new addition. 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Accelerate the Jesus Movement on December 4, 2015


    I loved the journey that both Gerek and Rapunzel go on throughout the book. Gerek has a past full of hurt and has determined to protect himself in order not to become like those who caused him pain. He has decided to marry a wealthy woman to prove his worth. Rapunzel’s inner strength balanced with gentleness causes him to reevaluate his goals. Rapunzel has survived a lifetime without any kind of real love, but she warmly responds when she is able to learn about God’s love for her, and forgiveness and hope mark her life. Hope that all that has been stolen can be restored. The message that we can choose restoration, hope, and love no matter the pain we’ve known in the past was beautifully brought out – and so needed in our world today.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on December 4, 2015
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    What’s a bit different about this “fairy tale” is how much the Bible figures into the story. Rapunzel learns to read using the Bible and so starts reading about Jesus’ love. She’d always been lead to believe it was wrong to read and intrepret the Scriptures by oneself, as that was a job left to preachers. Being that Rapunzel is German, this makes sense as I’ve heard similar things about Amish people, who have some German touches in their traditions. As Rapunzel continues to read, she sees how much Jesus loves us, and how she deserves a partner who will treat her with the same love and respect.

    Written by Literary Winner on December 4, 2015
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    When I spotted this gem I just had to read it. I’ve been loving fairy tale retellings this year and since most of them are Alice In Wonderland I was thrilled to find a Rapunzel one. The only other Rapunzel one I can think of is in the Lunar Chronicles. This is the sixth in a series but I’ve come to the conclusion that they are only considered that because they are all fairy tale retellings.

    Read the rest of my review on my site.

    Written by Fic Gal on December 4, 2015
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    Our family has enjoyed the film, Tangled. So when I saw this come up for review, I literally jumped at the chance! And boy am I glad I did. Melanie Dickerson pens an extremely interesting tale of romance, intrigue and quite frankly, some witty and fun characters.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on December 4, 2015
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    This book was a delightful escape with a depth that amazed me. I was pleasantly surprised when Gerek chose to use God’s Word to teach Rapunzel to read. (not unusual, but so delightful!) And to see each of them falter in their ability to believe that love was everything they dreamed it could be and more! I’m telling you now, that THIS is a fairy-tale that is not a fairy-tale!

    I am so excited to recommend this book to everyone!! And I have to go back and find the other books in this series!! I’m enchanted!!

    Written by Window To My World on December 4, 2015
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    This was a good one, not my favorite of her stories but definitely a good book. Rapunzel is marrying age but her mother keeps her away from everyone, most especially men. If a man shows interest, they move. A knight rescues them along the way and is hurt so Rapunzel helps him and in return, he teaches her to read.

    I liked that Rapunzel wasn’t a typical damsel in distress. She is strong. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. The author does a great job with making you feel what the characters feel. I think any age would enjoy this one!!

    This is a 4/5 for me!

    Written by Ashley’s Bookshelf on December 4, 2015
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    The book starts off with Rapunzel and her mother having to move because a village man proposes marriage to Rapunzel. Her mother has alot of hatred towards men because of being taken advantage of while she was younger. Rapunzel tries talking to her mother through out the book to get her to open up about her past and why she doesn’t want her to show her hair or be around men. She tries really hard to understand and keep her mother calm which I thought was really compassionate. I also liked Rapunzel’s desire and drive to want to better herself and learn to read regardless of the cost.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on December 4, 2015
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    I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, so was eager to read The Golden Braid. This is such a creative novel inspired by the story of Rapunzel!

    The book has a fascinating Medieval German setting. The period details are great, and sure to please fans of historical fiction.

    Rapunzel is a sweet and sympathetic character, and it is wonderful (especially for young adult readers) that she has a real thirst for knowledge. I also liked her romance with Garek (and he was a wonderful romantic hero!).

    This is my first read in this series, but the book worked well as a standalone. I would like to read more books in the Hagenheim series!

    The Golden Braid will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers including fairy tale fans, young adult readers, and anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on December 4, 2015
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    Isn’t the premise really promising? It sounds really great. Never have I ever read something like this. I love the twists this book has. I mean, I don’t have any solid information about the Rapunzel book to compare this to but you get the gist. It’s not everyday you encounter a book like this and I am so happy to have grabbed the opportunity when it came up to me because this book is such a gem.

    Overall, I had such a fun time reading this book. This book has given a whole lot of depth and story to the fairy tale I once knew.

    Written by the bookdragon on December 4, 2015
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    My teenage daughter and I both enjoyed reading this book, and appreciated the addition of a spiritual slant, as Rapunzel learns to read from the pages of the Bible. Her strength of character is only improved, and further developed as she learns upon Whom to rely, and those around her reap the benefits of her gracious personality.

    Written by ~ Acorns ~ Nuggets of Gold ~ on December 3, 2015
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    I was so excited to dig into this retelling of this classic fairy tale. I love YA books and I loved this even more since it was also Christian fiction. I fell in love with the characters almost immediately and plowed through the book in just a couple of days. I love how Rapunzel wants to better herself by learning to read. She is so independent in some ways but also very dependent on her mother. She knows how to defend herself and even helps rescue the knight near the start. She starts to learn though that who she needs to depend most is God, and His will and timing.
    This is a timeless story that is great for your tweens all through adulthood. It would make an amazing Christmas gift as your something to read gift!

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on December 3, 2015
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    As is always the case with this author, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I absolutely love how Melanie transforms fairy-tales into intriguing adventures and I especially love how she keeps them all connected! Rapunzel and Gerek’s story was fun and sweet, the way they started off not liking each other which turned into a unlikely friendship, then into romance. It was fun how the story partially overlapped with the events of The Princess Spy giving us a different perspective. While I guessed how most of the story would play out it still kept me interested until the end and was another fantastic installment in this fascinating series!

    Written by Christian Novels on December 3, 2015
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    Rapunzel is an interesting character: a bit naive, completely innocent to the dangers of the world, yet hungry for knowledge. Her desire to read the Holy Writ opens up new ideas for her, especially the nature of God as a loving Father, something she has never known. As she learns God’s truth, she yearns for the secrets in her own life to be exposed. The handsome and tough Sir Gerek is also a complex character who learns that man’s plans are not always the way God wants things to go. Both of these characters grow in their understanding and faith as the story progresses and provide valuable insights. In fact, I think The Golden Braid would make a great choice for a high school-aged book club. Dickerson creates a richly detailed medieval world full of superstitions and old wives tales that perfectly fits the fairy tale setting. Many characters from previous books make appearances too — a real plus for her fans.

    All in all, The Golden Braid is a great read and would make a fabulous Christmas gift for the YA girl in your life!

    Written by By The Book on December 3, 2015
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    In my mind it was a simple fairy tale about a girl trapped in a tower with very long thick hair. Melanie Dickerson tells an entirely different story. Sir Gerek saves them when Rapunzel and her mother are attacked on the road to Hagenheim. Later Rapunzel rescues Sir Gerek and the friendship really begins. There is all kinds of mystery surrounding Sir Gerek and there are questions regarding Rapunzel’s past. The story is full of romance, mystery, revenge, forgiveness. Rapunzel, Sir Gerek, the mother are richly portrayed and some of them make poor choices which have major consequences through the years. Ms. Dickerson shows us the need for forgiveness redemption, honesty, and reconciliation. You will be flipping pages as fast as you can read because of the action, adventure, and sweet romance.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on December 3, 2015
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    This is the story of Rapunzel, But you have never hear it like this before. However, Rapunzel has lived alone with her mother all her life. While her mother provides for her, she forbids her to read or meet men.

    When Rapunzel meets Sir Gerek, both of those rules are broken. Rapunzel finds the strength to find work at the castle and in so doing discovers the real truth of who she is.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this spin on the story. The characters were deep and the story kept moving at a good pace. If you like period dramas, especially with a familiar theme, I recommend this one for sure!

    Written by Zainey Laney on December 2, 2015


    An old fashioned fairy tale with a twist! Loved it right from the start. Melanie Dickerson has a way of grabbing hold of her readers and drawing them into the story.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on December 2, 2015


    We know that in the movies that there have been untold remakes of those famous fairy tales we have read when we were a children, often times with a darker twist to them. But often there comes a great author who can reweave the tale better than the original and Melanie Dickerson has brilliantly done just that in The Golden Braid. For me, this one really sold the series and I can’t wait to go back and add more from Melanie Dickerson to my personal library!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on December 2, 2015
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    I needed an escape from a stressful, busy week, and the latest book from Melanie Dickerson was just what the doctor ordered!

    As a general rule, I love fairy tales and retellings of fairy tales… Pretty much anything to do with fairy tales. This book features Rapunzel’s story and it is my new favorite of Melanie’s books. It flowed beautifully and was full of danger, adventure, and romance. So much fun to read!

    Written by Anna Weaver Hurtt, Inspirational Author on December 1, 2015
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    OK… now for my thoughts about this fantastic book.

    Am I the only one or did anyone else find themself humming the theme from“Tangled” while reading the blurb for this book?

    I know the blurb says “like no other” and that is true, but there are definitely bits of it that are reminiscent of Disney’s long-haired heroine. And – for me – those little tidbits just added to an already fantastic story!

    Speaking of similarities… I LOVE… LOVE LOVE LOVE that Melanie makes her characters enamored with books and reading. Not only is it a wonderful addition to each story, it’s so very realistic – especially given that it’s usually her female characters who want to learn or have found a way, even though they really shouldn’t…

    Now we just have to wait until May for her next awesome fairy tale…

    Written by JC’s BookShelf on December 1, 2015
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    A fantastic adult version of one of my favourite childhood fairytale. Well written, funny, romantic and suspenseful! It was beautiful to watch Rapunzel’s story unfold in such a unique manner and to watch her grow into an independent young lady who embraces the unknown. Thrown in the romance with a knight who tries so hard to deny his feelings and you have a story you will not want to put down! I definitely know I couldn’t.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on December 1, 2015


    I loved Melanie’s retelling of the Rapunzel story. The Golden Braid is a well-written story that will transport you back to your childhood with her flair for story telling and the fairytale feel. The characters become so real and the story is filled with adventure and humor.

    Written by Moments on December 1, 2015
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    The Golden Braid is a delightful retelling of Rapunzel!

    I loved the adventure and romance of this enchanting tale! As I read, images danced across my mind as the story and its characters came to life on the pages. Although the premise is not new, Dickerson’s reimagining of Rapunzel’s story is fresh and vibrant and sure to please fans of fairy tales and medieval romance!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on December 1, 2015
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    I must admit, I was rather giddy to get this book in the mail. I may or may not have done a little happy dance when I opened the package. This is the fourth book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and I was NOT disappointed! I love the way she brings the characters to life. The story is a bit different from most fairy tales you will hear, but I think that is what makes it so much fun to read! Also, I love the way the story and characters tie in from her previous books.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on November 30, 2015
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    If you are looking for a sweet love story, fairy-tale retelling of Rapunzel mixed with some Christian fiction, this is perfect for you. The dialogue is witty, the action and adventure is paced well, and the Christian message behind everything isn’t too preachy. What a delightful read!

    Written by the bookish mama on November 30, 2015
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    I never believed in fairy tales…

    And I never, ever, read fairy tales . . . until my daughter asked me to read one by Melanie Dickerson.

    WOW! Melanie doesn’t write fairy tales; she writes real, true-to-life fairy tales (or as close to what seems like true life as anything I’ve ever read) in medieval Hagenheim.

    Once again, Melanie has written another amazing fairy tale. This one is about Rapunzel, and the story is so believable, I can well imagine it being true! It’s the perfect story for Rapunzel. I was impressed with the historical details, so thoroughly researched, that perhaps the story is truer than we all think.

    I encourage you to read it on your own. And if you like it, read the others, too. They’re wonderful stories!

    Written by Donna’s BookShelf on November 30, 2015
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    Following in the footsteps of her previous novels, The Golden Braid loosely connects to the nobles of Hagenheim Castle and is the first of Dickerson’s novels to provide another perspective or point of view of past books’ events. With an unexpected twist, Dickerson clearly demonstrates why she writes fairy tale adaptations with happily ever afters!

    I recommend her fans to check out The Golden Braid for the sweet fairy tale romances we’ve come to expect from the one and only Melanie Dickerson.

    Written by The Artist Librarian on November 30, 2015
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    Fans of fairy-tales, and mother-daughter stories will adore The Golden Braid. This novel is suitable for teenage girls as well as adult women, and Dickerson adds discussion questions in the back of the book that makes it ideal for book club selections as well. This is the sixth book in Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tale Romance series, but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel. I highly recommend the book and I fully intend to go back and start at the beginning of this unique and endearing series!

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on November 30, 2015


    The Golden Braid was an awesome book. Mom had to practically pry the book away from me to get me to do my schoolwork or practice the piano. I loved it very much. It had a lot of twists and turns and surprising events. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good romance. My copy is going on my keeper shelf. Exciting! The ending caught me by surprise. Loved it!

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on November 30, 2015
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    Melanie Dickerson has made a name for herself with the YA retellings of favorite fairy tales and her latest release takes on the story of Rapunzel and if you enjoy her previous novels, I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.

    I think this novel is very fitting for the age group it’s written to – young adults. They are exposed to so much these days that I’m thankful for books out there that are entertaining and sweet. With a sweet romance and a favorite fairy tale, this book is a great addition to a teenager’s bookshelf. If you’ve read any of her previous novels, you’ll see familiar faces and names, but this is also a stand alone novel as well.

    Written by Books and Beverages on November 29, 2015
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    I just can’t say enough good things about this book! I loved the storyline, the characters, and everything about it. The only thing I didn’t like is when it ended! I just loved this story so much and it’s a definitely a wonderful new telling of the story of Rapunzel. It will keep you reading into the night so be forewarned! It’s also a hard cover, so that was a definite plus in my book! It’s a keeper! This is a wonderful book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More Of Him on November 29, 2015
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    This was such an great story! The Golden Braid is the first Melanie Dickerson book that I have read and now I plan to catch up on all of the other books of hers that I have waiting for me on my kindle and my physical bookshelf.

    This book had it all…mysterious circumstances behind Rapunzel’s upbringing, villains, danger, heroes, romance, and a beautiful message of God’s love.

    I enjoyed the story from start to finish and it just got more and more interesting as I continued reading. I loved watching both Rapunzel and Gerek’s emotional growth throughout the book. It was a very satisfying story.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on November 29, 2015
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    Dickerson’s Rapunzel is a young woman who knows her own mind and longs to chase her dreams—specifically, her dream of reading and writing—yet she has a deep respect for and devotion to her mother, who insists on sheltering her from the world. It’s not until she meets Sir Gerek that she realizes her mother’s rules and demands may come from a place of fear, rather than love.

    Rapunzel and Gerek together are a great couple, and Dickerson clearly shows how they make each other better people—Rapunzel becomes brave enough to step out of her mother’s shadow, and Gerek realizes the shallowness and selfishness of his own dreams.

    The novel is full of action, adventure, and intrigue … and, of course, love. It’s a fast, easy read that is incredibly enjoyable! 5 stars.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 28, 2015
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    While you may be familiar with the traditional story of Rapunzel, you’ve not read a version quite like this!

    The Golden Braid takes a simple fairy tale and spins it in an entirely different — and enchanting — direction. Forget what you thought you knew about the story, and prepare to embark on an adventure fraught with danger and suspicion. And yes, a swoon-worthy, noble love story, too.

    Written by Fiction, Faith, and Fun on November 27, 2015
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    Most takes on the Rapunzel tale stays close to the original plot, where Gothel is an evil witch and there is at least one dragon involved. None of these things are included in The Golden Braid and there is no magic in sight. Instead the author uses a more realistic approach with the plot which has Christian themes. Overall, The Golden Braid isn’t exactly a perfect tale by any means, but it’s not all that bad either. Actually, besides from a few cliched moments, I enjoyed reading it.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 26, 2015
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    In her latest fairytale retelling, Melanie Dickerson takes on the well-known story of Rapunzel and crafts an addictive and adventurous novel. The Golden Braid makes a great addition to Dickerson’s Hagenheim novels. I highly recommend it to readers of fairytale retellings.

    Written by Book by Book on November 25, 2015
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    What a great read! I like how Melanie tied in things that are familiar to me about the story of Rapunzel (all thanks to Disney) but she put her own spin on it. This was a story full of action, humor, suspense and a splash of romance. I think every girl likes a good fairy tale and this book made Rapunzel’s story possible. Just a good read that will leave you believing in fairy tales.

    Written by snidbits on November 25, 2015
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  • LOVED IT!!!!!

    The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson was a good book. I really enjoyed the author’s writing and this entire story. This was a quick read and even though it was about 225 pages the reading of it was super easy and light hearted.

    Written by The World As I See It on November 25, 2015
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    Compelling, re-telling with a more realistic spin to it, I liked how Rapunzel was clever and also very brave, quick to learn and catch on. Gerek was a knight with strong convictions and ideas about how to reach the goals he had set for himself.

    Overall, a well written and exciting read, filled with many interesting characters that brought the story to life. I looked up the other books that I have by this author and seeing that they area about some of my favorite characters in this story, like Lady Rose, and her children, so I’m very excited to read those books! A wonderful read that satisfied my craving for a good old fashioned fairy tale, I would definitely recommend this book to lover fairy tales, and adventure!

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on November 24, 2015


    I enjoyed this sweet retelling of Rapunzel. The author drops the reader into the heart of medieval Germany and weaves a story of mistaken identity, the search for love, and hidden betrayal. My understanding is that it ties into another of the author’s books that I haven’t read yet. My teen loves the author’s books — it’s amazing I got to read it first. The more I read them, the more I understand the appeal. A strong hero, a self-sufficient heroine, and an epic story create a recipe for a pageturner.

    Written by Cara Putman on November 24, 2015
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    If you like fairy-tale romances and Christian fiction, this is the book for you! Often, when I read Christian fiction, it feels like the author wrote it as a mainstream book and then awkwardly stuck in a few Bible verses or praying characters to force it into the Christian genre. That is not the case with this book. The Christian elements are smoothly integrated into the plot as Rapunzel learns to read the Bible, and she and Sir Gerek rely on God’s guidance to smooth the way. I really enjoyed getting to know Rapunzel and Gerek as they both had very troubled childhoods, which strongly shaped their adult views and actions. This was a sweet story that young adults and grown-ups alike will enjoy, with plenty of action and surprises.

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on November 24, 2015
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    There are so many things that make this book a pleasure to read! The setting, the time period, the adventure, the characters, and the light romance all balance together to create an epic story. The author deviated enough from the classic tale to make it interesting and not predictable, but included elements that made it recognizable. Rapunzel’s dilemma of submitting to her mother while desiring to stretch her wings puts her in a conflicting position. It was interesting to see her independence develop slowly, which made the transition realistic. Gerek and Rapunzel have a rough start to their friendship with her mistrust and his arrogance, but they learn to value each other even with social class differences.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on November 24, 2015
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    Melanie is really a wonderful author who does an amazing job of weaving together her fairy-tale type stories with her medieval time period, and her novels are always captivating and full of suspense and just the perfect amount of romance. I really loved the intense, action-packed elements to this novel, probably because it made me sit on the edge of my seat and bite my nails on a couple of occasions, and I enjoy when a book is suspenseful enough to cause me to do that. I really, really loved The Golden Braid; enough to give it five bookshelves in fact, and enough to place it on my all-time favorites list.

    Written by Spreading His Grace on November 24, 2015


    The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is a beautifully retold version of the Rapunzel story. In this version, Rapunzel is uprooted from her home when she receives a marriage proposal and her mother, who is suspicious of all men, makes them relocate. The beautiful Rapunzel and her mother are rescued from an attack by a handsome, grumpy, knight.

    This is a charming story with fleshy characters, a rich plot, delightful dialogue and a thick backbone of godliness that sweeps the reader away to far off places and a long gone era. The imagery is so vivid, it plays like a movie in my mind as I read. The Golden Braid is an enjoyable young adult novel that is easily devoured as a standalone book or in concert with Melanie’s other novels of Hagenheim. I can’t recommend these books highly enough.

    Written by WORD Up! on November 24, 2015
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    The Golden Braid is a sweet, clean, christian YA book. While this is labeled to be a fantasy book I’m guessing because it is based on the fairytale Rapunzel. I also feel it could fall into the historical fiction also. This book is predictable in the romance department but just so sweet. What I loved about the main character Rapunzel was that she was spunky and feisty and didn’t let anything stop her, but she was also girly. She reminded me alot of the Tangled character in that fact. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who has tween’s or teens who are looking for a safe YA book for them to read. If you or your tween and teen girls loved Disney’s Tangled or just anything related to Rapunzel than you should give this book a try. It was not overly preachy if your thinking that might turn you off to the book. I would allow my tween to read it and my teen.

    Written by Books + Tea = Me! on November 24, 2015


    The Golden Braid was a great story to escape with. The author succeeds in creating a medieval setting and a twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale, without the use of magic. Although this is a romantic tale, it’s also about taking a stand and being determined to better oneself.

    Rapunzel was a young woman stuck in a dysfunctional relationship with her mother but although poor, sheltered and restrained, she managed to learn skills that fed her world of curiosity and intellectual capacity. I like heroines who can hold their own. Rapunzel was courageous, brave and noble.

    Written by Library of Clean Reads on November 24, 2015
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    Once upon a time there was this beloved author who took all of my favorite and not so favorite fairy-tales and spun whole new adventures for my pure enjoyment.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on November 23, 2015
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    I had a hard time putting this book down. The story was interesting since I remembered some bits about Rapunzel…mainly, that she was kept in a tower. I liked that the story was new but included some familiar aspects. I love a novel that can get me hooked from page one and keep me quickly turning pages until the end. This would be a great book to pick up if you’re looking for some fun reading.

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on November 23, 2015
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    Dickerson keeps her reader riveted while weaving a familiar but not-so-familiar tale. She’s done a marvellous job with the key points of this particular fairy tale, Cleverly twisting classic elements into her own gripping tale of love and betrayal and that all important happily ever after.

    Written by Best Reads on November 23, 2015
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    Fantastic retelling!

    This story takes everything you know about Rapunzel and adds more details. With a bit of excitement, a few laughs, some adventure and even a budding romance, the mystery of it all was icing on the cake.

    The ending felt a little rushed through but it was still so sweet that tears stung my eyes. The romance was beautiful, and the author developed it well. The reader rooted for them through the whole thing, that’s for sure.

    I liked this story a lot. Was it a little cheesy? Yeah, but just the right amount.

    Fairytale retelling fans are going to love this like I did. You seem to end up liking Rapunzel even more than before.

    Written by Freda’s Voice on November 22, 2015
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    I think the reason why I liked this book so much was the characters. They are so wonderfully developed that I was able to connect with them and really felt like I could relate to them. My favorite was Rapunzel and Sir Gerek was a close second. Dickerson’s writing of these two main characters really made me feel like I knew them and I was rooting for them from the beginning and trying to figure out the story through all of the twists and turns.

    Dickerson is just as good at writing villains. Gothel, Rapunzel’s mother, and a couple of the other characters, we’re so terrible I found myself getting upset with them. Dickerson’s bad guys are bad and her descriptions of them were very vivid.

    I found it masterful how Dickerson weaved elements from the classic Rapunzel story in with her own idea

    Written by Adventures of D and V on November 22, 2015
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    I adored Rapunzel in this story. You’d think that she would be reserved and backward. Instead, she’s spunky and bold. She walks right out into the yard and beheads a chicken without breaking a sweat. As Rapunzel learned about life outside her small family, she learns about some unexpected truths as well. Tender bits of scripture are beautifully braided into this tale. It’s absolutely lovely!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on November 21, 2015
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    It’s a young adult (YA) novel but I became thoroughly engrossed in it from the beginning even though at times I found Rapunzel to be quite annoying the book was fast paced and engrossing. During one of their many moves, Mother Gothel and Rapunzel run into some thieves and so also meet up with Sir Gerek, he saves their lives and then in return Rapunzel ends up saving his. I enjoy Melanie’s ability to take a classic tale and turn it into something new and fresh, while also weaving the faith aspect into it – as Rapunzel learns to read she begins to explore more of what the Bible has to say and forms her own ideas and sets out to be free of her “Mother” even as her guilt makes her feel obligated.

    Written by Growing for Christ on November 21, 2015
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    I have read several of Melanie Dickerson’s novels, although not for a long while. They seem to be very hit or miss for me. Some are wonderful and I remember them even years later, others have been a struggle to get through and I’ve mostly forgotten. I’ve skipped her last two or three releases, but I wanted to read The Golden Braid because the story intrigued me and the cover is gorgeous. I know that all of her fairytale retellings are loosely linked, but I’ve had no trouble before reading them out of order, or skipping one or two here and there. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book to jump back in with. Evidently this story is very closely linked with The Princess Spy. I had no idea until I tried to read this one, and was very thrown off.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on November 20, 2015
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    This is actually a young adult book but I enjoyed it just as well. It is nice that you can have an element of faith but it is not an in your face kind. For me this makes the meaning more meaningful. I enjoyed the author’s take on Rapunzel’s story to get a point across. In the past I have enjoyed other books by this author and I have to say this one was right up there among the best ones she has written. I thought the characters were well developed and very strong. This is a second book in the fairy tale series but can be read as a stand alone book. If you enjoy reading a new turn on fairy tales then this book is for you. I will be looking forward to the next book by this author.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on November 20, 2015
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    The unfolding of this story kept me turning the pages, and though it has the familiar plot lines of the familiar Rapunzel fairy tale, it has enough differences to make it unique. The developing relationship between Gerek and Rapunzel is fun to watch. Rapunzel is no damsel in distress, although she does need rescuing now and then. But Gerek is trapped, too, in his own way, a captive of unforgiveness.

    The way Dickerson connects this story to the others in her fairy tales is brilliant, and maybe I’ve said this before, but I think I’m going to need a map of the lands where these stories are set, as well as a family tree.

    Dickerson’s stories are an enjoyable way to relive familiar fairy tales in a new way and prove that you can’t outgrow them.

    Written by Living Echoes on November 20, 2015
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    It’s no secret that I enjoy a good re-telling of fairy tales, so I was thrilled to have the chance to read The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson. Taking the old story of Rapunzel and making it her own, Melanie does a wonderful job of bringing to life the Medieval ages, when knights and fair maidens, minstrels and kings were at their height. I like how she brings the characters to life, weaving together an unforgettable story of faith and bravery. An excellent tale to pick up as the weather turns colder!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on November 19, 2015


    I really enjoyed The Golden Braid. I appreciate how Ms. Dickerson is able to tell the story without the introduction of spells and magic. I wondered how she would do that but it’s done as in most of her other renditions. This retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale was a joy to read.

    Written by Homemaking Organized on November 19, 2015


    In this book we meet Rapunzel and her mother long before the tower happens. This is the story before the story, so to speak. In this book we are shown the relationship between Rapunzel and her mother and readers really understand everything that went into the tower – even HOW Rapunzel got into that crazy high tower with no doors or stairs! Readers also see the relationship develop between Rapunzel and the prince who eventually rescues her.

    I loved this story. I really didn’t want it to end. I wish my daughter were old enough to understand it so she could read it right now! I highly recommend this book.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 19, 2015
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    Being the fairytale romance lover that I am, this book was such a delightful treat to read!

    I love Melanie Dickerson’s idea of taking traditional fairytales and weaving them into faith-filled historical tales. Crafting lovable characters and setting them on the stage of a familiar familiar plot, but still throws some sweet surprises in, Melanie’s work is truly a delight to the soul.

    Written by A Heart Surrendered on November 19, 2015
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    I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when I spotted this book the other day, the cover caught my eye and I’m glad it did! I’m not much of a fiction reader, but I do love a good fairy tale, especially when retold for adults. I stumbled upon a real gem with The Golden Braid. This book was wonderful and a pleasure to read. I felt like it captured true romance without all the needless angst that so often accompanies this type of book. It had subtle and believable mentions of faith, prayer, and trusting God without coming across as “preachy” or superficial. Rapunzel was a well developed character and the plot was both easy to follow and filled with surprises.

    Written by Growing Kids Ministry on November 19, 2015
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    The Golden Braid has it all—adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on November 19, 2015
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    The Golden Braid is a magically woven story that keeps you enthralled the entire time. A wonderful retelling of a classic fairy tale with the author’s own creative take on the story. I love the historical aspect and details.

    Written by Minutes Of Motherhood on November 18, 2015


    Beautiful story weaved with elements of faith, medieval grandeur and charming chivalry. A retelling of a classic fairy tale with added creativity by the author. One not to be missed!

    Written by Just Commonly on November 18, 2015


    The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson was AWESOME! Once I began reading it I could not put it down. Rapunzel was my favorite story as a child. This book was a new look on an old tale and a must read.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on November 18, 2015
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    The Golden Braid is a wonderful novel filled with adventure and total girl power. I really enjoyed this book. I love books and movies that have princess’ and princes in them, so this book is now one of my many favorites. This author is one of my favorites, so I can‘t wait to see what she writes next.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on November 18, 2015
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    Filled with adventure and romance with a backdrop in the 1413 village of Hagenheim, Germany, this novel will charm readers from page one. With exciting characters and a delightful story, this is the type of novel that keeps readers coming back for more. Reading it and re-reading it, as well as greatly anticipating Melanie’s next release.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on November 18, 2015
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    I have read almost all Melanie Dickerson’s books and have enjoyed each one. By far this is my favorite! I fell in love with the story from the beginning, finding the love story endearing and sweet.

    Written by Saved by Grace on November 18, 2015
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    Great character development. I just loved Rapunzel. She was exactly like I would have pictured her! and Sir Gerek, Oh my word! Definitely swoon worthy! I loved him right from the start. What a great leading men. Every romance needs a man like him.

    Written by Wall-to-wall books on November 18, 2015
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    Ok so this one kinda lost me shortly into it and I put it down with the full intention of marking as a DNF. It was just slow and well I just couldn’t get into it after a while. But a friend of had it told me that I needed to give it another try so I did and man what can I tell you the mother in this is off her rocker CRAZY with as you can see all caps!

    Written by Crossroad Reviews on November 17, 2015


    The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is a different story about the beautiful Rapunzel. Rapunzel is every little girls hero. In this version she is living with her mother who watches her every minute. Her mother will not let her learn to read and she will probably never let her get married and have a future. When another man asks to marry her they leave the town. During this flight she meets Sir Gerek. They start see each other while he teaches her to read. But, she realizes that there is a secret that she knows nothing about. Who will she look to for help? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Company and all opinions a re mine.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on November 17, 2015
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    Such a lovely book!! It was a great retelling of the fairy tale, Rapunzel. I really really love how Mrs. Dickerson doesn’t have any magic or anything in her books.

    This book was excellent, and I loved every page of it. It was exciting, and fun, and the scenery was delightful! It’s related closely to “The Princess Spy”, and sometimes that got a little confusing for me, because I hadn’t read that one in quite a while – but even so, it didn’t cause problems with this book. You can easily read The Golden Braid as a stand-alone. There are just ties to “The Princess Spy” – characters, setting, and such. I like when authors do that; it adds some fun!

    Written by God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae on November 17, 2015
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    This was an awesome read! The setting was realistic; I felt as if I was actually there. I also enjoyed getting acquainted with the characters. I had a hard time putting it down, once I got started.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on November 17, 2015
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    A fresh look at the story of Rapunzel that combines action, adventure, and sweet romance. The story world is vibrant and the touches of information about the time period, customs, and German setting add a level of depth that anchors the fairy tale aspect in reality. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as enchanted by the book as I’d initially expected. The love story was sweet and the mystery did leave me wondering what was going to happen, but that was the anchor, not the writing. I would, however, still recommend it to fans of Mealine’s work. If you’re looking for a sweet tale combined with intrigue, you’ve found it.

    Written by Thinking Thoughts on November 17, 2015
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