“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest,” by Melanie Dickerson

I recently had the chance to read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, by Melanie Dickerson. This fiction book was released on May 12, 2015 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest. The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor. For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher. When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

My Verdict:

I am a big fan of Melanie Dickerson’s novels where she rewrites fairy tales, setting them in realistic medieval settings. I thought I would like The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest when I heard it would be a retelling of the Robin Hood story; I was right, I did love it, but I was surprised when it more closely followed the storyline of Swan Lake! This is a wonderful fairy tale written for a YA audience, and even though I’m older than the YA demographic, I definitely enjoyed it! This is a good book that I read in one sitting, and can definitely recommend.  I’m keeping my copy of this book (which is my highest endorsement), and it’s going next to the other Dickerson fairy tales. If you need something sweet and fun to read, say, on the beach, this book would be a great choice.

If you’d like to check out The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest it is currently on sale for $4.99 for the Kindle version right now (regularly $19.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.95. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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