Published by Zondervan on January 8th 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Religion, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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.