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THE HEALER'S APPRENTICE by Melanie Dickerson

THE HEALER'S APPRENTICE

By Melanie Dickerson

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-72143-7
Publisher: Zondervan

In this debut romance set in Hagenheim, Lower Saxony, in 1382 and loosely based on "Sleeping Beauty," a lowly woodcutter’s daughter apprenticed to the town healer falls in love with a handsome nobleman who’s betrothed to a mysterious woman. Although she's grateful to the healer for teaching her to read and write and freeing her from the need to marry, 17-year-old Rose quickly loses her heart when she meets Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin. Wilhelm’s equally smitten, but he's promised to a woman he’s never met and can’t wed until he captures the evil conjurer whose threats forced her parents to hide her 17 years ago. When Wilhelm’s carousing younger brother insistently woos Rose, she feels flattered but conflicted. Should she forget both brothers and remain single, or could there be a fairy-tale finale? The medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing, food, music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare. (author’s note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)