Published by Thomas Nelson on November 17th 2015
Genres: Adaptations, Christian, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Religious, Young Adult
The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower. Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again--this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight--Sir Gerek--Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position? As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life.
Rapunzel is a young woman of many talents, but the one thing she cannot do is read. Her mother, Gothel, forbids her daughter from learning and moves them both from village to village in hopes of keeping Rapunzel away from men who may want to steal her away through marriage. Already older than many young brides, Rapunzel wonders if men are as terrible as her mother believes. Soon, however, after being rescued by a knight Rapunzel begins to question her mother’s suffocating influence and finally takes control of her own life.
The Golden Braid is a unique take on the Rapunzel fairytale. While I haven’t read very many Rapunzel retellings, this is one my favorite. Rapunzel has been manipulated and lied to all her life, and when she learns she may not actually be who she thinks she is, Gothel can no longer hold onto her. At least, not without a fight. Strong, brave, and naive because of her sheltered upbringing Rapunzel makes an ideal heroine, and with her hero the knight Sir Gerek, she’s able to reclaim her life and discover what she’s been missing all along. And perhaps even learn to read.
If you enjoy cute, heartwarming fairytales The Golden Braid will not disappoint. On side note, while this is a perfectly good standalone, it wouldn’t hurt to read the five Hagenheim books in this series.