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The Healer's Apprentice (Hagenheim #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,526 Ratings  ·  1,102 Reviews
Two Hearts. One Hope.

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 make
ebook, 1st Edition, 255 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Zondervan (first published September 10th 2010)
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Amariah Dixon It's not apart of a series. Her books are stand-alones. They're all based on fairy tales but they're technically not a series. Some of them connect,…moreIt's not apart of a series. Her books are stand-alones. They're all based on fairy tales but they're technically not a series. Some of them connect, but that's all.(less)

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Jan 29, 2011 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like their YA books clean and those who like Christian fiction. Suitable for 12+.
So I did not realize going in that The Healer's Apprentice was a Christian book, but after browsing through the shelves and seeing that many others had tagged it as such, I realized it would probably not be my cup of tea. I have nothing against Christian fiction, and I certainly understand why there is a market for it, considering that a lot of what is popular in YA fantasy and even most YA realistic fiction right now isn't exactly stuff that makes it easy to wear a WWJD bracelet while reading. ...more
Erica (daydreamer)
I do so love a good clean romance novel. And this book was a perfect example. It was beautiful and romantic, a perfect Christian love story. I really like books set in medievalish times, and this book was brilliantly researched and written. It was pretty predictable, I knew who Rose was nearly from the beginning, but that didn't take away the joy I had of reading Wilhelm and Rose find this out for themselves. I also liked how it was based loosley on Sleeping Beauty, and the true love's kiss..sig ...more
Melanie Dickerson
Jun 30, 2010 Melanie Dickerson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My book! It releases in September with Zondervan, a YA romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Check it out!!!
I wasn't impressed. It isn't bad by any means but it's not that good.

Woah, hold up there, Hamlin. You can't go around issuing unrealistic decrees that you break no less than two pages later, that everybody breaks with no consequences at the ball, and that apparently no longer matter till it's necessary for the story again. This really annoys me. Majorly. You don't mention something that seems important and then have it no longer pertain in any way no less than two pages later. He breaks it, Rupe
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Disclaimer: I received this book through Goodread's FirstReads program, so I'd like to thank them and Zondervan for my copy. No compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.

"The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dickerson is my first Goodread's FirstReads win --a book I've been "dying" to read ever since I saw the book cover months before its release. I am SO glad to see Zondervan coming out with teen medieval historical fiction (that's a mouthful, haha) and I thoroughly enjoye
Mary Connealy
Sep 14, 2010 Mary Connealy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healer's Apprentice was like being transported to a world of castles and kinds, knights and curses, love and danger. I could see the castle, I could hear the voices of the hero and heroine. Melanie Dickerson created a vivid medieval world and set a beautiful love story in these charmed surroundings.

I absolutely loved it. I saw it was described as bening for Young Adults and I know this would appeal to that age but it's a wonderful love story for anyone who reads romance, at any age.

I can't
Sep 17, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of fairy tales and I really enjoyed this story that is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. It has all the elements I look for in a story, not only is there a great plot, a swoonworthy hero, and an intelligent heroine there's a great message for girls everywhere about waiting for the right guy to come along. Rose, the heroine, not only has to deal with learning that her parent's aren't who she believed them to be but also deal with a very handsome young man who isn't who he seems to ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. This looked like a wonderful book, a great historical romance with a bit of fantasy flare to it. It was okay, in fact the beginning of the book was pretty good, but it declined from the middle of the book on. Keep in mind I approached this as a historical fantasy, I was not aware that the publisher was a Christian fiction when characters started setting aside action to wait for God to save them and then the Duke of the re ...more
This debut novel by Melanie Dickerson carried me off into an enchanted world that I didn't want to leave when the story ended. The Healer's Apprentice was a real page turner and will make any romance lovers heart beat a little bit harder as they read along. After seeing the book video trailer I knew I had to read it. Boy am I glad I did! I adore historical fiction. It's my favorite genre. I also love the Middle Ages time period. This story had those elements and they were both done very well. Th ...more
Jill Williamson
Sep 09, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose has begun her training as the healer’s apprentice. She hopes to learn the job well so that someday she can be the healer of Hagenheim Castle and not have to marry any aging bachelors. But the mere sight of blood makes Rose swoon. Still, she is determined to make this life work for herself.

One day, when the master healer is away, Lord Hamlin, heir to Hagenheim Castle, is brought in with a grievous wound. Rose is the only one who can help. As she struggles to do a good job, she cannot help bu
Feb 02, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: and-a-half
I wish I could give this book three and a half stars. I liked, but I'm not so sure I REALLY liked it. So I'm giving it four stars, but being a bit generous.
The first book I've read in 2011, I was really looking forward to "The Healer's Apprentice." I've been following Melanie Dickerson on goodreads for a while and we seem to read a lot of similar books.

The Plot
The life Rose knows is that of the woodcutter's daughter, apprentice of Hagenheim's healer. Though pretty, she does not wish to marry,
Michelle Griep
The Healer’s Apprentice is a young-adult sweet love story with a bit of intrigue. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like in a medieval castle, then this is the book for you. And if you’re in to handsome, strong, integrity-filled heroes, then this is definitely the book for you.
Lord Hamlin struggles with following the call of duty or his heart, and a very real struggle it is. He chooses duty…which just so happens to end up fulfilling his heart’s desire. This fella is every girl’s dream man.
You know that one book that simply can't bear to put down, you read it gasping and awing in exactly the right moments, and you can't do anything but just sit back, smile, and sigh, your heart so full of the happily-ever-after you can barely breathe for bliss? Yep, I'm talking about this book. Absolutely delicious!
I loved the romance, the action, the faith. The romance was pure and sigh-inducing. The action was heart-stopping and gasp-causing. And the faith was great. I'm so glad it showed the da
I was very excited to receive this book, the first one I've won from first reads. I am a huge sucker for fairy tales, and I collect them for my two daughters for when they get older. In the interest of full disclosure, I do want to say that I am not a Christian and I was aware that this book is a Christian story, but I was still interested in reading it.

This is the story of Rose, who is apprenticed to the local healer-woman in a medieval German town. She was raised in poverty, and struggles wit
Mar 14, 2011 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was so enthralled by this story right from the start!! Such an interesting story. The Healer's Apprentice is about a young girl named Rose whole lives with the town healer as her apprentice. It story takes place in 1386. Rose is such an interesting character, I was just drawn to her right from the beginning. She had such determination in being the woman God created her to be but she was having a hard time figuring out what she wanted in life, she liked helping people, but the sight and smell o ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, christian, fiction
"The Healer's Apprentice" is a charming Christian teen romance novel set very loosely in 1386 AD Germany. While the author did work some "what life was like" historical information into the novel, it had more of a fairytale feel due to some of the details and since it wasn't tied into the larger historical picture.

Lord Hamlin was too good to be true and most of the characters didn't have much depth to them, but I did like the characters and enjoyed reading about them. I also liked how Rose learn
May 19, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not as good as I had hoped it would be....
The story seemed so interesting- a common girl, training to become a healer meets the Dukes sons Lord Wilhelm and Rupert, when she is to sew up a wound for Wilhelm. Something sparks between the brothers and Rose. The future Duke seems out of the question, he is to wed Lady Salomena even though she is in hiding from Moncore, an evil man who has vowed to harm the Lady. Rupert is the town play-boy. He has a very bad reputation. But, he claims he i
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing, historical twist on a romantic fairytale! The historical details are wonderful in drawing the reader into this half-reality, half-make-believe world. The characters are ones older teen readers (as well as many adult readers who are young at heart) will be able to relate to. The book is well-written, with a plot that was different enough to keep me turning those pages, especially with so many sweet, romantic scenes!

One thing that is for sure about this book, though--the evi
In 1386 in the town of Hagenheim, Germany, seventeen-year-old Rose is thankful to have found work as the apprentice of the town healer. If she can prove her worth, she will someday be the town healer, which means she would not be forced into an unwanted marriage with one of the horrible suitors her mother keeps forcing on her. However she often feels sick at the sight of blood and worries she will not be able to be a good healer, and thus lose her position. Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin, is the duke’s so ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m thankful for the review copy of this wonderful, enchanting novel. It is written for a youthful audience, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I haven’t had this much fun reading a youth book since experiencing Beauty and the Beast with my kids. Rose, the main character in The Healers Apprentice, reminds me a little of Beauty and the Beast’s, Belle. She is well-educated, an avid reader, loyal, passionate, poor and opinionated.

“The townspeople of Hagenheim craned their necks as they peered dow
Lisa Bergren
3.5 stars -- I enjoyed this book from Melanie Dickerson. Fun and fresh play on a classic fairy tale, though I was itching to edit some sections (it's hard for a writer to make me forget my editorial bent). I look forward to watching Melanie develop as a writer; she has a solid start here. Recommended for the 12 and up Christian YA reading crowd.
Apr 11, 2014 Alix rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
So... that happened.

I don't think I had any indication from either the cover or the synopsis that this was a Christian book, but jeebus there was a whole lot of praying and O God-ing and Bible reading (and singing, gods, the singing) going on in it, which to be perfectly frank, totally ruined it for me.

I might even have been able to look past it (no, let's be honest... I wouldn't have) but then the story just got so unbelievable that it became completely not enjoyable.

Setting aside the strange m
Kathleen L. Maher
Have you ever dreamed in color? Have you ever fantasized about forbidden love? This fairy-tale retelling was a bold and beautiful tale with a spectrum of characters, places and plot twists which gave me a great escape inside its pages.

Colorful characters make up the cast. Lord Hamlin is the quintessential noble and handsome hero, and Rose is the sweet, unassuming heroine with a steel backbone. Secondary characters like Hildy, who I'd want as my best friend, and Frau Gerusha, a wise and caring me
Dec 12, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose, the eldest daughter of a poor woodcutter, is newly apprenticed to Hagenheim Castle's respected healer, Frau Geruscha. She longs to prove herself worthy of her mentor's faith, for if she succeeds, being the next healer would mean a life of independence and freedom from her mother's desire to wed a lecherous merchant in order to elevate her family's social standing. Secure in her chosen path, Rose is certain her future is set until a chance encounter with Lord Hamlin, the duke's heir, awaken ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-own
3.5 Stars for this delightful book. This story takes place in the fourteenth century and the Holy Roman Empire. It brings us back to the medieval time period where there are flowing dresses, heroic knights in armor, castles, forbidden love, betrothals and true love's kiss.

The author did her research and followed the old ways of life very carefully and it was a beautifully written story. There were a few areas I felt dragged on a little and was pushing myself to get to the "good stuff". I loved
Aug 23, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

'The Healer's Apprentice' is the first book I've read by Melanie Dickerson, but I don't think it will be my last.

Loosely based on 'Sleeping Beauty', 'The Healer's Apprentice' takes the reader on a heartfelt journey that shows how nothing is impossible with God.

Rose Roemer is a poor woodcutter's daughter. Her mother keeps trying to force her to marry, but she doesn't want to marry only for money and status. When she is appointed as the healer's apprentice, she hopes she can prove herself capable
Jan 16, 2012 kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First: this novel is an evangelical historical young adult fantasy. That needs to be said straight out, as it isn't made very clear in any of the marketing materials I came across.

That being said, this book reads like a high school student's first attempt at writing a story. (1) The characters suffer from over-perfection-itis (all except the "irredeemable" younger brother Rupert and the villain); (2) the plot is full of foreshadowing boulders that are impossible to miss (wait--there's a missing
Nov 28, 2010 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. It was an ok book. The storyline was interesting, there was a wolf dog (which I love), and I did enjoy the German culture. However it had a few issues as well.

I kept hoping for more with the Heroine. She goes to learn a trade to escape marriage but changes her mind and gives up the first time a cute guy looks her way. She wasn't as adventurous as I had hoped her to be. She turned into the swooning maiden that could not do much on
Margaret Metz
I have been so surprised by the talent in young adult novels I've read recently and this one is my favorite so far. It may even make my favorite books of the year list. I kept checking the back of the book and - yep - there is the label "teen fiction." The one drawback to young adult books (in my opinion) is actually common to most shorter novels. I find that a lot of times they have great stories and show incredible creativity, but often you don't always get as in depth characterization as you ...more
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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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“Everyone will say I'm insane, but I don't care, Rose. Is it insane to marry the girl I love? A girl with golden brown hair, with gifts of beauty and goodness and storytelling?” 8 likes
“Lord Hamlin’s eyes darted in their direction, alighted on Rose, and held. His expression changed and his features softened as he looked at her.” 1 likes
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