Romance, intrigue, and danger abound in this five-book bind-up of Melanie Dickerson’s bestselling fairy-tale retellings.
The Healer’s Apprentice: Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, and when Lord Hamlin—the future duke—is injured, it is Rose who tends to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to fall in love, and wonders if he feels the same. But 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.
The Merchant’s Daughter: Annabel is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. She soon finds he is actually very kind and caring, and the two strike up a friendship that could soon become more. Then Annabel becomes involved in a situation that could possibly lead to Ranulf’s demise.
The Fairest Beauty: Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and receives her chance when Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle to rescue her, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother. Though romance is impossible--she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else--the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven to find help. Before long both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them, they must also protect their hearts.
The Captive Maiden: When Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten is everything she hoped he would be. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
The Princess Spy: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha--one of the few who speaks his language--understands the wild story. It is up to her to save her father, Colin, and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.
This fairy tale collection contains 5 books, all written by Melanie Dickerson. It includes The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Princess Spy. If you wanted to buy all of these books, buying this collection would save you almost $2(at the time of this post....The Captive Maiden is on sale for $1.99 and the other 4 are $4.99 for the kindle versions).
There are some negatives to buying it this way, though. I love looking at the beautiful covers while reading books, and I do love the covers of each of the books within this collection. Each time I start the book, I typically look at the cover, unless of course, it's plain and boring. I also randomly flip to the cover and look at it in the midst of reading a story, too. I can't do that with this collection. Other than the cover of The Captive Maiden, which is on the front, you won't see the other covers within this collection. I was greatly disappointed in that. I know I wouldn't have been able to flip to it, but it would have been nice to at least see it before starting the story. At the end of one story, you're immediately taken into the next one.
Also, keep in mind that when you have 5 books in one, that percentage at the bottom goes by super slow on your kindle. I like knowing exactly how much percentage I have until to end, and find it discouraging when I've read 30 minutes, and my percentage has moved up only a couple of spots. That's just me, though, and it's by no means a complaint about the books within this collection. It's just things to keep in mind when deciding if those sacrifices are worth the $2 you'd save or if you'd rather buy them separately. To be honest, if you're like me, I'd recommend waiting for a sale, and buying them separately unless you're in a hurry to read them right away. I'd even be willing to pay the extra $2 and get them separately, so I could have to beautiful covers, too.
I read The Healer's Apprentice a few years ago, and loved it. It is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. (I was going to link to my review, and I can't even find it! Anywhere.) The Merchant's Daughter is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I loved it, too. It's sweet and has a definite fairy tale quality about it. (You may remember my issues with The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest recently, but I was thrilled that I liked this one so, so much better!) The Fairest Beauty is a retelling of Snow White. The Captive Maiden is a Cinderella retelling, and The Princess Spy is a retelling of The Princess and the Frog.
If you like super sweet fairy tale retellings, don't mind not getting to see the covers while reading, and don't mind the super slow percentage progress while reading on your kindle, give this collection a try. It'll save you a bit of money getting it this way.
*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Fairy Tale Romance Collection: The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy (Fairy Tale Romance Series)