A) Having a copy in pre release form for review kinda made me feel like a legit book nerd of awesomeness.
B) See A
C) Now onto the book!
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.
I do believe this is my favorite novel of Dickerson! Shoot, this is even one of my favorite fairy tale inspired novels. Her other books were great reads, but this one definitely takes the cake for me!
Sophie (aka Snow White) isn’t the normal “Save me I’m helpless” damsel in distress, but a woman worth fighting for and who has an enduring strength, compassion and courage that inspires anyone reading. And Gabe? Geez Gabe, thanks for being fictional (I pictured him as Chris Hemsworth, so you know that didn’t help).
I love the way she writes too! Example A: “Gabe felt a yearning inside him to go and rescue this girl, a compulsion so strong it almost overpowered him.”
I know there’s plenty of fairy tales out there, so I hope that means I’ll be seeing more novels from Dickerson. Please? Please???
The book comes out on January 8, so don’t miss out!
P.S. There’s a 4 Questions coming soon with this fabulous (and award-wining) author, so be on the lookout for that one!