Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

This is a fairy tale retelling of Snow White. Sophie is a feisty scullery maid in Duchess Ermengard's castle.  This is a very unhappy place.  Gabe, a duke's son, comes to the castle and tells Sophie that she is the daughter of the last duke.  Gabe gets put in the dungeon by the Duchess, who then orders the woodman to kill Sophie.  The woodman ties Sophie to a tree and rescues Gabe.  They escape and find the Cottage of the Seven. Like a true fairy tale, it eventually has a happy ending.

This was a nice retelling of the story. All the key elements from the original story are there.  I really liked the character of Sophie.  The dwarfs were interesting too. There is a Christian back story here too. This is a good book for tweens. 
Read an excerpt here.

Pages: 335

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