visión de conjunto:Críticas Gr 7-10-Set in 1386 this historical romance has a fairy-tale structure and a Christian emphasis. Rose serves as the apprentice to Frau Geruscha the court healer. She is not very good at her chosen profession yet she sees this as her only hope to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage. Enter Lord Hamlin to whom Rose must minister after he is injured. She falls hard for him and he for her but neither can admit their feelings due to her social status and his betrothal to Lady Salomea. Rose soon catches the eye of the philandering Lord Rupert Lord Hamlin's brother and a romance ensues. But alas Rupert breaks her heart with a proposal she is unwilling to accept which makes her realize that she never loved him in the first place. Lurking in the shadows is the evil Moncore who has driven Lady Salomea into hiding because he threatened her life. The identity of Lord Hamlin's betrothed is transparent from the start so anticipation is built around how the two lovers will get to the happily ever after. Rose is beautifully boring and not very well developed but is believable as the young maiden longing for a prince to rescue her. She and Hamlin rely on their faith to make their dreams come true. Fans of fairy tales will enjoy this story.-Wendy Scalfaro G. Ray Bodley High School Fulton NY * School Library Journal * In this debut romance set in Hagenheim Lower Saxony in 1382 and loosely based on 'Sleeping Beauty' a lowly woodcutter's daughter apprenticed to the town healer falls in love with a handsome nobleman who's betrothed to a mysterious woman. Although she's grateful to the healer for teaching her to read and write and freeing her from the need to marry 17-year-old Rose quickly loses her heart when she meets Wilhelm Lord Hamlin. Wilhelm's equally smitten but he's promised to a woman he's never met and can't wed until he captures the evil conjurer whose threats forced her parents to hide her 17 years ago. When Wilhelm's carousing younger brother insistently woos Rose she feels flattered but conflicted. Should she forget both brothers and remain single or could there be a fairy-tale finale? The medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing food music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 and up) * Kirkus Review * Reseña del editor A realistic fast-paced reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale full of royalty romance and danger. This masterful combination of love and heartbreak-combined with the novel's surprise ending-is everything fans of fantasy historical and medieval fiction yearn for. Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her-a bloated disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin the future duke is injured it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny. The Healer's Apprentice: An award-winning historical romance-a creative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale-by author Melanie Dickerson Perfect for readers ages 13-18 and adults who enjoy historical romances similar to Eva Ibbotson's A romantic fast-paced read-sure to entrance fans of fairytale retellings Contraportada In author Melanie Dickerson's new historical romance a young healer's apprentice named Rose believes she will never marry ... until she meets Lord Hamlin the future ruler of her region. Hamlin is everything she could ever want---kind understanding and a man of faith---but her low station and the fact he's already betrothed to a mysterious woman makes their romance impossible. As Lord Hamlin seeks to find the sorcerer who cursed his future bride Rose's life spins toward confusion. A creative retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. Biografía del autor Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. Her first book The Healer's Apprentice won the National Readers' Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010 and The Merchant's Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time daydreaming researching the most fascinating historical time periods and writing stories at her home near Huntsville Alabama where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Visit her online at MelanieDickerson.com; Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.