Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Adventure
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.
I had heard a lot about this book, and was ecstatic to find it for a couple dollars at a used bookstore! (It was in fantastic shape, too!) I read it in one day. I loved it. It was well-written and fun and emotional (and the cover is pretty, to boot!)
Self-sacrifice, heroism, chivalry, and love are huge themes throughout the book.
However, this is NOT a children’s book. Sexual situations – though dealt with EXTREME tact and really not innapropriate at all – make it too mature for younger audiences. Also – though also dealt with VERY well, it really isn’t a very large part of the book – a pagan sorcerer pops in now and then, using demons at his will. Though this SOUNDS very dark, etc. I was surprised that it really wasn’t.
This is a book I really enjoyed reading, though read with mild caution.
4 out of 5 stars