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The Fairest Beauty

(Hagenheim #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,335 ratings  ·  858 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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Jack Parra Haven't Read this yet, but the cover pulled me in.
For those who like Fairytale Retellings, read the Lunar Chronicles, they're great!

First book is…more
Haven't Read this yet, but the cover pulled me in.
For those who like Fairytale Retellings, read the Lunar Chronicles, they're great!

First book is called "Cinder" (Cinderella), sorry you have to wait till book 4 for Snow White(less)
Kiwieb I read this one first by accident. I don't think I missed out on much back story. When I did get around to reading The Healer's Apprentice, it was…moreI read this one first by accident. I don't think I missed out on much back story. When I did get around to reading The Healer's Apprentice, it was like a prequel. The Merchant's Daughter has unrelated characters. (less)

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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.
Wow, another fantastic novel by this amazing author!

I love fairytale retellings, there is not a amount where I will give up not reading a fairytale Retelling. I just love how different author's write their own twist and perspective to these tales

And Melanie Dickerson is one of my favourites, because she combines historical fiction and Christian fiction in her tales!

Anyways, back to the review, this is the tale of young maid who is living in terror with her step mother. Sophie has endured much
Seventeen-year-old Sophie is a scullery maid for the cruel, vain Duchess of Hohendorf. The Duchess enjoys sadistically punishing everyone who crosses her path, but saves a special hatred for Sophie, for the girl is strikingly pretty and the Duchess envies her.

Meanwhile, in the nearby fiefdom of Hagenheim, the Duke’s family has taken in an elderly woman on Death’s door. The old servant, Pinnosa, tells the Duke and his two sons, with her dying breath, that Sophie, daughter of the late Duke of Hoh
Jul 20, 2012 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
An utterly beautiful 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 she t
Feb 09, 2013 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
Melanie Kilsby
Oh, the feels!!

Yes, I cried, I laughed out loud and I even wanted to put the book down! *Gasp* It was such an intense scene at the end of the book and I was like... NOOOOOOoooooOOOOOooo!!!! I had to just get up, finish my coffee and then go back to reading, lol! I am so glad I did. Thank you for hard things like wood. *wipes sweat off brow*

So, for the actual review...
The book is larger than the rest in the Series and took a bit more to get through. Yet, it didn't feel like it was too long. It w
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
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
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just read the third book in the series, with no idea I was doing so. Without reading the first or second book.😒
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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
Charity U
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
Jesseca Wheaton
Jan 23, 2016 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
This retelling of Snow White added creative twists and turns to the fairytale and made an exciting read. I would have preferred it to be longer, though, because some parts of the story seemed rushed and the ending was way too neatly wrapped up. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at some of the the romance bits as well. I did really like Sophie and Gabe, and I thought that they were strong main characters, albeit a bit clueless at times!

In the midst of a very dark, evil presence (the stepmother), I
Rosanna Threakall
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing installment in the series!!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but it wasn't as good as the other two. Plus, it seemed a little contemporary (as in the characters' actions, language, etc) for me.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard to rate this because it is a retelling and it is very similar to the original snow white but I did enjoy it none the less
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
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
Princess Emilia
Oct 22, 2012 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
Aug 30, 2012 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.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Solid 4 stars

Another hit from Melanie Dickerson! I know I’ve said it before, but I will say it again: I love her books. <3 “The Fairest Beauty” was a retelling of the fairytale, “Snow White” but without magic because it is in a historical setting.

There are only a few small reasons I’m giving this one 4 instead of 5 stars. First, I’ve been feeling like I give 5 star ratings out a little too easily lately, and second, there are actual story things (but only very, very, small things) that I cou
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Nastassja Loots
Nov 06, 2014 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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Melanie Dickerson has done it again, offering readers another imaginative fairy tale adaptation, this time taking on the classic Snow White in her third release, The Fairest Beauty.

As with her first two books, Dickerson combines the classic tale with both history and religion. While I've seen fairy tales mixed with history before, Dickerson is the only author I've encountered to have infused the classic stories with faith. It is an interesting combination to say the least, one that creates a ra
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 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
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?!
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, 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). Mel ...more

Other books in the series

Hagenheim (10 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)
  • The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)
  • The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim, #9)
  • The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim #10)
“Let Valten go save his own damsel in distress. I'm sure there are other maidens he can fall in love with.” 28 likes
“Valten always did say you were the luckiest boy alive.” 14 likes
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