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Book Number Two - The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Published:  2010
Genre: Christian Historical Romance?
Pages: 272
Medium: Kindle e-book
Acquired: Free download from their limited popular offerings
Normal Cost: 10.00

This book was billed as a romantic historical retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Since I love fairy tales, I was greatly interested. The book started out well enough. Rose - the lead character - is a bright, compassionate and believable character. Her wish to not be forced into marriage was realistically portrayed, as was heer observations of the clas diffierences. She maintained proper protocals while showing spunk and determination. The male lead characters of Wilhelm and Rupert Hamlin were also fully fleshed out.
The first half of the book was delightful and interesting. The characters experienced a few adventures and had to fight growing attractions. These scenes were well written. But the second half of the book had a jarring shift. Suddenly the book became VERY religious and the main characters stopped acting. They changed the way they did things and instead of trying to solve their own problems, they prayed about them instead. Please do not mistake what I am saying. I am not upset about the religious nature of the book. I just wish that it would have been consistent one way or the other throughout the book and was not saved for just the last half. The insertion of the idea that waiting for God to resolve your problems through prayer became the overarching theme and was used to resolve problems and plot devices. It felt as though the author got lazy.
It was not bad. But it could have been so much better. I would recommend passing this one by.

Books Read: 2/50
Page Totals: 748
Money Saved: 21.00

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