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The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
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Melanie Dickerson’s debut romance has been nominated for the Young Adult Christy Award. It is set in Lower Saxony in the fourteenth century. Young Rose, ostensibly a woodcutter’s daughter, is apprenticed to the court healer of Hagenheim castle. She is not a particularly adept apprentice but soldiers on because she sees this position as the only way to avoid an arranged marriage. Called upon to dress the wounds of Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin, Rose is instantly smitten. Wilhelm returns the feelings but the pair is kept apart by Rose’s low social status and Wilhelm’s engagement to the mysterious Lady Salomea, who must remain in hiding until the evil conjurer who threatens her life is captured. In the meantime, Wilhelm’s younger brother, Rupert, is also attracted to Rose although his selfish motives are eventually unmasked.

Rose and Wilhelm are appealing characters who rely on their Christian faith to help them choose duty above self-interest which in the end enables them to rejoice when it becomes apparent that they are meant for one another after all. The young adult audience for which this book is intended will delight in the circuitous path the young pair must travel before this title reaches its fairy tale ending.
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