Book Review: "The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dicerson
Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
This book was very well written. Characters, setting and details were very thorough.
However, I was a little disappointed in the storyline. In the middle of the book it actually looks as if Rose is falling in love with Lord Hamlin's brother Rupert. I didn't like that!
I was relieved when Rupert shows his true nature and things got back on track with the love story between Hamlin and Rose.
I had figured the plot out early on in the story but that didn't surprise me. This book is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty. The author did do a wonderful job with the retelling. There were enough twists and turns to make it interesting and original and not just a "remake".
There were some really creepy, scary scenes in the this book. I should not have read it before going to bed!
Overall, an enjoyable read. Special thanks to Carman for this book!