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@Read Epub ⚾ The Fairest Beauty ⚞ A daring rescue A difficult choice Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, 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 Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts 1.5 stars.(I wanted to give this 3 so I wouldn't feel like such a horrible person but I couldn't I didn't hate the book by any means, it was better than the other two, but it just didn't have enough to make me want to read it again) I'm gonna repeat what I said in my review of DNF at 39% Warning: This is Christian FictionNot that there's anything wrong with thatI reallyreallyreally would have appreciated knowing that, though, before I invested my mother#@!ing reading time in this sucker!There is no way I would have picked this thing up if I'd known what I was getting into Where is Tipper Gore with her little Advisory stickers when you need her?! I kept wondering why the hero and heroine kept saying things like, God help me escape, or God, help me to be strong. And I also wondered why Snow White (or Sophie) was such a freakin' goodygoody I must be kind, I must forgive, I must follow my Savior's example.Ok, admittedly, that last one should have clued me in.But it wasn't that they prayed to God that got under my skin.Oh no.I started getting annoyed when Gabe (hero) was soooooo impressed by Sophie's chaste ways.She truly was a virtuous maiden, nor flirtatious like some, nor selfish, nor anxious to put herself forward She would make a wonderful wife for Valten.M'kay I was just about ready to vomit and put the book down at that point.Then a few pages later, it became crystal clear that this wasn't just any old fairytale retelling of Snow White.BecauseI have most of the book of Saint Luke memorized Would you like me to recite it to you?Of course, he said That would be good.Sophie began reciting Jesus's parable:A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited Yeah Um.*cough*No No, thank you, but this is not for me.However, if anyone out there is looking for Christian Fiction, then you might appreciate this storythan I did. Wow, another fantastic novel by this amazing author! I love fairytale retellings, there is not a amount where I will give up not reading a fairytale Retelling I just love how different author's write their own twist and perspective to these tales And Melanie Dickerson is one of my favourites, because she combines historical fiction and Christian fiction in her tales! Anyways, back to the review, this is the tale of young maid who is living in terror with her step mother Sophie has endured much of her stepmothers punishment and cruelty even since she can remember She is an orphaned child and was left in the care of her stepmother, who never loved her But Sophie finds love and care in her fellow maids, such as the cook And she finds hope in praying to God everyday that he will deliver her away from her stepmother Gabe, is the second son to the Duke and Duchess of Hagenheim Castle, Wilhelm and Rose The MC for the first book The Healer's Apprentice He is also betrothed to a woman that has been arranged by his parents Gabe is not as serious or responsible as his older brother Valten is And he isn't as strong or competitive as him But when an old woman comes in to the palace claiming that the dead daughter of the Duke Baldewin is still alive but has been living as a servant in the household, she has to be rescued immediately since she is Valten's betrothed since they were children Except Valten cannot go since he is injured, so Gabe feels in his heart to find her and rescue her himself, defy his parents and be the hero and return her to her fiancé But thrown together, they will face many challenges and encounters with many people Will they survive these problems, and will they also protect their hearts from each other? Such a beautiful tale, loved the style of writing and the development of the characters We could see how far Gabe grows in this novel Beautifully written, cannot wait to read the next book Seventeenyearold Sophie is a scullery maid for the cruel, vain Duchess of Hohendorf The Duchess enjoys sadistically punishing everyone who crosses her path, but saves a special hatred for Sophie, for the girl is strikingly pretty and the Duchess envies her Meanwhile, in the nearby fiefdom of Hagenheim, the Duke’s family has taken in an elderly woman on Death’s door The old servant, Pinnosa, tells the Duke and his two sons, with her dying breath, that Sophie, daughter of the late Duke of Hohendorf, still lives Sophie matters to the Hagenheim family because she was the betrothed of Valten, Hagenheim’s heir The betrothal took place when she was an infant and he was five Two years later, Sophie was apparently dead of one of the many fatal illnesses that cycled through medieval Europe Valten isn’t sure whether to believe Pinnosa’s story He’s vaguely curious, but can’t go to Hohendorf anyway because he just broke his leg in a jousting accident His younger brother Gabe, who’s something of a wild child, thinks that this lead is too interesting to delay investigating He defies his parents and rides to Hohendorf, (badly) disguised as a pilgrim, to search for his brother’s betrothed And he finds her—a pretty and genteel lass, who endures the obsessive sneering of the Duchess and the invasive advances of the fiefdom’s huntsman, Lorencz Sophie can also read, an extremely rare trait in scullery maids but a common one in aristocrats To the surprise of exactly no one (except Sophie, who has no selfesteem) Gabe starts falling for the girl himself The Duchess panics, realizing that the handsome and silly young man who just rode into her territory is probably a Hagenheim agent here to rescue Sophie So she imprisons him in her dungeon while sending Lorencz to drag the girl into the forest and kill her Gabe escapes, and Lorencz is unable to finish the dreadful deed demanded of him Sophie and Gabe find each other, but now they’re lost in the wilderness, with a murderous duchess sending agents to kill them, no food or medical supplies, and no quick, safe way to Hagenheim…Content AdvisoryViolence: Lorencz slams Sophie’s head against a tree to knock her cold, and tries to stab her but decides against it Gabe and Sophie both get wounded with arrows; his injury becomes infected and needs several weeks’ tending (view spoiler)[ The Duchess stabs Sophie in the heart, but the knife gets caught in the wooden cross pendant the girl always wears under her clothing, and she survives The Duchess falls into a brook and is drowned by her heavy clothing while fleeing the scene of the crime (hide spoiler)]