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The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,157 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
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 pers
Paperback, 323 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Zondervan
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Ariana This was the best re-telling ever! I loved this book and honestly like this story more than the actual fairytale! Loved Loved Loved it!
Roo Noooooo! It really doesn't matter what order you read the books in. They're all great!

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DNF at 39%

Warning: This is Christian Fiction
Not that there's anything wrong with that...
I reallyreallyreally would have appreciated knowing that, though, before I invested my mother-#@!ing reading time in this sucker!
There is no way I would have picked this thing up, if I'd known what I was getting into.
Where is Tipper Gore with her little Advisory stickers when you need her?!
I kept wondering why the hero and heroine kept saying things like, "God help me escape", or "God, help me to be strong.
May 27, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

So... before I go into how excellent this novel was... I just have to say...

Yes, I read this partly because I love the TV series "Once Upon a Time."

So there you go. :)

I promise I won't make too many OUAT references in this review, though. ;)

The Fairest Beauty is yet another enchanting novel from Melanie Dickerson.

When I saw that Melanie Dickerson was coming out with a new fairytale retelling, I knew it was going to be good. After reading both of Melanie's other books, I also knew that
Feb 02, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it
I want.
I want I want I want I want I want.

Finished 07/2013
Thank you, Ginnie, for lending to me ^.^

I will be honest, when I finished this book, I seriously lost my temper. My sister urged me to wait before writing a book review, and I am glad I did, if only because it gave me time to organize my thoughts better. It wasn't a bad...well, it was fairly lousy book. I despised the romance. I will be upfront from the first, this one isn't going on my

Snow White has been one of my favourite fairy tales ever since I was a little girl. It was one of the few Disney VHS we had in the house, and I watched it often. I always found the story thrilling and exciting, and was hoping that The Fairest Beauty would convey the same feels. But careless-impulsive-book-hoarding me bought it a long time ago without realizing it was a YA novel. I do not like YA novels. Mainly because I prefer to read romance between adults and not teenagers, but also becaus
1.5 stars.(I wanted to give this 3 so I wouldn't feel like such a horrible person but I couldn't. I didn't hate the book by any means, it was better than the other two, but it just didn't have enough to make me want to read it again)

I'm gonna repeat what I said in my review of The Merchant's Daughter : But I'm seeing an annoying trend in this lady's books. Perfect main characters that have been wronged in some way, overly Christian main characters, weird creepy dude A) stalking the main girl or
Jesseca Wheaton
Jan 23, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book I have read by Melanie Dickerson (yes, I've been reading them out of order). I didn't enjoy it quite as much as "The Princess Spy", but it was still such a sweet retelling! I absolutely LOVED her retelling of the seven dwarfs! They were all so sweet! and that ending! Wow, I had no idea how she would wrap that up!
Some things I didn't exactly care for was the fact that both of them were engaged, yet they were very attracted to each other. It sorta bothered me, even though it
Charity U
Jan 18, 2013 Charity U rated it it was amazing
This book was a lovely surprise! I was quite sure from reviews of Melanie’s other books, and also from the back cover, that I would enjoy this book…I just didn’t know how much! This is a delightful retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. But it isn’t really a fantasy book…everything that happens really could have happened! There isn’t any “magic” like you usually see in these retellings. However, it is easy to see how in later retellings (I’m pretty sure this is the TRUE story) magic was ...more
I love fairy tale re-tellings. There is just something about knowing the old story, yet reading it in a fresh new style. Dickerson definitely delivers that with The Fairest Beauty. Having read her first two books, I have to say that I enjoyed this one the most. The plot was more fast moving and more adventuresome than how I remember the first two. There were definitely big things at stake, which lent a more urgency to the story.

What keeps from bumping it up to five stars is that some of the char
Okay so I bought this not realizing it was Christina fiction, when you look at it on amazon unless you read the author bio and the publisher info it does not say this is a Christian book. But it is, I mean really, really Christian. So I feel a little stupid, but hey shit happens.

I don't have an issue with Christian's and many people said this was a good retelling of snow white...So I decided, what the hell I will read it. Why not? I mean it got good reviews and most of the reviewers didn't menti
Read more of my reviews at My Full Bookshelf

I just realized what I didn't like about this story; THE CHARACTERS! Yes, I think that must be it, because I just read two different fairy tale retellings, each with protagonists that were strong, witty, and had so much more character development and I looooved them.

The rating for this book was originally three stars. However, I'm redoing my rating system, because I honestly was bored out of my mind while reading this whole story, and why the heck sh
Jul 16, 2013 Asura rated it really liked it
The book was pretty good but I don't think it was nearly as good as The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter. I loved the other ones better. But this book was still alright. And I really loved the Seven. I only wish the author could have mentioned something about what happened to them all and Roslind and Siggy.
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed The Fairest Beauty's story quite well. The plot is great and despite it being a retelling, it has a story of its own and definitely very different from any other retelling I've ever read. I really enjoyed the characters and how the story went and how things ended up. I really liked the diversity among the Seven as well, since they're not all dwarves here - also, one is deaf, one is a priest and two are painters.

I re
Dec 15, 2012 Rosie rated it it was amazing
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Another enchanting read from Melanie Dickerson!

The Fairest Beauty revolves around Gabe, son of Rose and Wilhelm (their story was told in The Healer's Apprentice), and Sophie, daughter of Duke Baldwin and betrothed to Gabe's older brother, Valten. Having only read The Healer's Apprentice previously by Melanie, it excited me to know that I'd learn more about Rose and Wilhelm and their family.

This retelling of the story of Snow White (who seems to be quite popular this year!), is fabulously done. I
Oct 08, 2012 Leafyseadragon rated it it was amazing
Wow! I never expected Dickerson to write a sequel to the Healer's Apprentice. I really enjoyed that one, along with the Merchant's daughter. Usually I'm always complaining how time goes too fast, now I wish December would come already!

Can't wait to meet Rose's son! If he's anything like his parents - which I'm sure he'll be - he's going to be an awesome and honourable hero. And the cover! I have never seen an illustration that so perfectly matches what I imagined Snow White to look like.

I'm real
Princess Emilia
Apr 11, 2013 Princess Emilia rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson is my new favorite author :). The Merchant's Daughter and The Healer's Apprentice are two of the best books I have ever read! I ordered them off and finished them both in 4 days! :) They'r so good in fact, that I had to beg my mom to give me back The Healer's Apprentice in exchange for The Merchant's Daughter, and I am already reading them again two weeks after I finished. :) I can't wait for The Fairest Beauty to come out, I know that it's going to be just as ...more
I loved it. And YA is not usually my favorite genre, but this was so romantic yet so clean. I loved Sophie. She was the perfect heroine. And Gabe grew so much. Now I need to find more books by this author. Why have I never read anything by her before?!
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
I'm a big fan of Melanie Dickerson, and love her historical Christian fiction retellings of classic fairy tales. If you're interest, read my reviews of The Merchant's Daughter here and The Healer's Apprentice here. Having loved both of her previous books, I happily accepted The Fairest Beauty for review, expecting another great read. And Dickerson did not disappoint me: I loved The Fairest Beauty just as much, if not more than her other two books.

I loved that Sophie was much more than your typi
Mar 21, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
This retelling of Snow White is set in Germany in medieval times. Sophie (Snow White), 17, is a beautiful and kind scullery maid working for the evil Duchess Ermengard in Hohendorf. Unbeknownst to Sophie (who thinks she is an orphan), she is actually the stepdaughter of the Duchess and the long-gone Duke (presumed murdered by Ermengard). Moreover, she had been promised at birth to be the bride of Valten, the future Duke of Hagenheim.

Back in Hagenheim, Valten’s younger brother Gabehart (age 20) h
Mar 23, 2013 Rochelle rated it it was ok
I don't review books often, but this one I just couldn't resist. This book had such a potential to be not necessarily a great book, but at least a nice, decent read. As a retelling of the fairytale, Snow White, these types of novels always seem to be hit or miss for me. The only reason I picked up the book were the cover looked interesting (with the mysterious hero lurking in the background) and I was curious to see if the author could do the retelling justice with some new twists and turns. Beg ...more
A beautiful and fascinating retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Fairest Beauty captivated me. It was sweet and enchanting… dramatic and suspenseful… and of course, filled with romance.

I loved the characters, they were fresh and alive. Sophie was perfect in the role of Snow White, even better than I could have imagined. I liked that she struggled over the love triangle going on, knowing she was promised to Gabe’s brother, knowing she should be honorable, trying to convince herself
Melissa Moore
This novel is a WONDERFUL re-imagining of the story of Snow White. Sophie has been mistreated her entire life by the evil Duchess Ermengard, living the life of a scullery maid, when a handsome young man appears to inform her she is the long-lost daughter of a duke. When the story is corroborated by a reliable source, the two barely escape with their lives and eventually make it to the Cottage of the Seven. Sound somewhat familiar? Well, this is a fast-paced, thoughtfully fleshed-out story with m ...more
This was a delicious novel, probably my favorite of the series so far. Which is interesting because I don't care much for the original (Disney) Snow White. The romance is too shallow. They sing a song together and then somehow she gets claimed as his and he awakens her with a kiss that's definitely not true love since they don't even know each other. This was very much an improvement. Also, a few things incorporated into the story put me in mind of Mirror Mirror. I wonder if she got a
Nastassja Loots
Nov 06, 2014 Nastassja Loots rated it did not like it
I hate giving bad reviews. Truly, I take no pleasure in criticizing someone else's efforts - However, I am always truthful in my reviews, and I have to start of by saying this book took me forever to read. It did not hold my attention, I never became emotionally invested in the outcome and I had to force myself to finish it. I'm still in the process of trying to retrain my brain to abandon books I don't enjoy, but alas, I still have mild OCD when it comes to finishing what I start.

From the blurb
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this 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
Feb 27, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
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I am such a huge fan of any kind of retelling in YA novels, so when I had the chance to review this Snow White retelling, I immediately jumped on it. Who doesn't love a good fairytale with unique, new twist? Well, that's definitely what you get with The Fairest Beauty!

When an old lady shows up at the castle of Gabe's family with the claim that his older brother's deceased betrothed is actually living as a servant to the evil Duchess, no one knows if they can trust her. Since his brother's leg ha
Jan 11, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Before I jump into reviewing The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson, I need to say three things.

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
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "The Fairest Beauty" is a fairy tale retelling of Snow White. By now, you all might know that I really like fairy tale retellings and therefore, I was really excited to read this book. This is another fairy tale where I'm admittedly more familiar with the Disney version than the original fairy tale. Yet another

Dickerson really breathes new life into this fairy tale. In this story, Sophie (Snow White) has pretty much been taken hostage by an evil Duchess who has turned her into a scull
Kathy ~
I’m not a huge Snow White fan, but I thought the cover on this one was pretty and I enjoyed another book from this author so I was looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed the overall story. Again, I’m not a big fan of this fairy tale, but I liked what the author did with it. She did make it her own, while still sticking to the original. I liked Sophie and Gabe and thought they had good chemistry together. I did feel that the religious aspects were a little overdone. I personally would hav ...more
Leah Good
I'll start by saying that my three star rating may not be entirely fair. See, I'm not a fan of romance stories (even so called "squeaky clean" ones) and, despite my recent fairy-tale binge, I'm not a regular reader of fairy tales. If I was a bigger fan of one or both, this book would have ranked higher.

The fairy-taleness of this story was well great. Sophie is sweet and innocent and easy to sympathize with. Her stepmother is quite hateable. Gabe is a wonderful hero who sweeps in and saves the da
Of the three novels that this author has written to date, I think I enjoyed this one the most, though I gave all three of her books five star reviews. Any time a book is so compelling that I can't stop reading it gets high marks from me as a reader. I get bored easily and this novel held my attention. I loved how this story paralleled Snow White, but with an added spiritual twist that made it even more interesting.

It's hard to say much without giving away plot points, though it does follow Snow
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Melanie Dickerson is a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in spe ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hagenheim (7 books)
  • The Healer's Apprentice (Hagenheim #1)
  • The Merchant's Daughter (Hagenheim #2)
  • The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim #4)
  • The Princess Spy (Hagenheim #5)
  • The Golden Braid (Hagenheim #6)
  • The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim #7)

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“Let Valten go save his own damsel in distress. I'm sure there are other maidens he can fall in love with.” 18 likes
“Valten always did say you were the luckiest boy alive.” 12 likes
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