The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson. Zondervan. Goodreads

A daring rescue.
A difficult choice.

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

The Fairest Beauty was such a wonderful read. I loved it! Rereading the synopsis just now made me feel a little giddy inside. The forbidden love story!!

This is a retelling of Snow White. I love when a retelling is similar but completely different. Sophie and Gabe are strangers, but Gabe has come to rescue her from her angry step-mother. He wants the glory of rescuing his brother’s betrothed but learns he might want something else even more. The pacing of the story was perfect. I appreciated how things could get resolved then another problem would arise. It was nice to have some happy moments throughout the story instead of just at the end.

If you love fairy tales or a romance that creates a silly grin on your face then you’ll enjoy The Fairest Beauty.

Content Ratings highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: mild ( injuries, suspense, abuse, death )

BOOKS BY MELANIE DICKERSON
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4 thoughts on “The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson: YA Review

  1. I too cherish fairytale retellings with a twist. There’s both the comfort of a childhood companion, and the excitement of a daring new friend. “The Fairest Beauty” was my first Melanie Dickerson, and at the moment, I have “The Merchant’s Daughter”checked out.

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  2. I have read and loved all of Melanie Dickerson’s books, and they are some of my favorites! I love how they leave a smile on my face. I’m glad you liked them to!
    Lakin @ Wonderous Reviews

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