The Fairest Beauty
by Melanie Dickerson Published by Zondervan
on January 8th 2013 Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
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.
You get exactly what you would expect from Melanie Dickerson in her Hagenheim series. Fairytale retellings, cute romances, determined heroines, and handsome heroes. These books are light-hearted and, of course, fun to read with a wholesome message of faith.
I keep reading all these books out of order, but each is technically standalone with mentions of previous characters in earlier books and those who will have their own stories later. The Fairest Beauty is a Snow White retelling about a young woman named Sophie and her rescuer Gabe. I liked the relationship between the two. The ending was satisfying. I like Valten better.
I didn’t love this book. There was nothing that wowed me. I got what I expected and nothing more than that. There are two reasons: sometimes the couples’ relationship sounds the same or has the same scenario as well as the villains not being fleshed out enough. I would have liked to have more scenes with the Duchess in this book. I get her motive, but I wanted to know more about her past or what/if something made her that way.
Forgiving My Daughter's Killer
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
by Kate Grosmaire Published by Thomas Nelson
on March 15th 2016 Genres: Biography & Autobiography
, Christian Life
, Personal Memoirs
, Religious Pages:
Forgiveness is possible even in impossible circumstances. On March 28, 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received two pieces of news that would change their lives forever. The first was their worst nightmare: “Ann has been shot.” And the second was the dumbfounding addendum: “Conor was the one who shot her.” Their nineteen-year-old daughter had been killed by her boyfriend, a young man who had lived with the family and had come to feel like part of it. In a beautiful, tragic testament to the liberating power of forgiveness, Kate Grosmaire tells the story of her daughter’s murder at the hand of her boyfriend—and the stunning, deliberate forgiveness and help that Kate and her husband offered to the young man who shattered their world. Part memoir, part spiritual testimony, Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer is the story of a family whose faith was put to the test and so found the capacity to do far more than they could have thought or imagined.
Could you forgive someone who killed your daughter?
Many of us struggle with forgiveness for even the most mundane things. We attend to our resentments like we would a pet, sometimes consciously and sometimes without even fully understanding what we’re doing. Now imagine if something more serious, utterly unthinkable happened, such as your daughter meeting death by the hands of her boyfriend. Would forgiveness cross your mind?
Kate Grosmaire’s daughter was shot at close range by her boyfriend, and despite fighting for her life, died at the young age of nineteen. It was a harrowing experience for the Grosmaire family and their friends. Ann was a brilliant young woman with a promising future, which was cut tragically short by her boyfriend Conor.
In Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer, Kate shares her story about how the sudden loss of Ann changes her life, her husband’s life, and how they struggled to accept and forgive each other and come to terms with what Conor had done.
Kate also expresses how her Catholic faith helps her through this process, which I couldn’t help but become inspired and teary eyed from reading. It was interesting to learn about Restorative Justice and how that kind of justice works. I hadn’t heard of such an alternative before, but I’m convinced that many cases could do so much good with that kind of system.