Another excellent fairytale retelling from Dickerson!
I have been looking forward to Valten's tale ever since I read the final pages of The Fairest Beauty, and I was not disappointed in the least! Set two years after the closing of Gabe and Sophie's story, Valten has just returned home after a long absence. He meets a beautiful, charming, girl in the marketplace and even after so brief a meeting, he finds his heart drawn to her somehow.
I love Valten's integrity and his chivalry. He's simply the kind of hero you want to root for. Another character I really loved is Gisela. She's sweet, compassionate and has somehow managed to ignore or rebuff all the filthy lies thrown at her for almost a decade. The two together are an excellent pair.
If there's one thing that, as a writer, struck me, it's that nothing ever happened easily in this story. I don't want to give anything away, but it did seem like if something could go wrong it did. Though it sounds crazy, I like it when characters are faced with a challenge. After all, what is a story without an impossible task?
To sum up, I love what Dickerson did with her own Cinderella tale. I also enjoy any chance Dickerson offers to revisit Valten's family, and I hope we'll see them again. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great fairytale retelling with a Christian twist.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
Happily Ever After
...Or Happily Nevermore?
Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and
visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her
father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to
her stepmother. So 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
has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping
the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than
she ever imagined.