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The Golden Braid

(Hagenheim #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,954 ratings  ·  811 reviews
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published November 1st 2015)
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Melanie Dickerson C.B., that was a mistake! It's really #6 in the Fairy Tale Romance series, otherwise known as the Hagenheim series.
The Beautiful Pretender is actually…more
C.B., that was a mistake! It's really #6 in the Fairy Tale Romance series, otherwise known as the Hagenheim series.
The Beautiful Pretender is actually #2 in the Thornbeck/Medieval Fairy Tale series. :-) Thanks for asking!(less)

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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother mig
DNF 35% (ish) of the way in.
The story isn't bad, but I didn't realize it was Christian Fiction when I picked it up.


Which is totally my fault, because the library had one of those little crosses taped on the spine, and I just didn't see it. It was sitting on top of the shelf, and (while I read the back and inside) I never actually looked at the spine. So <--my fault.


This is (unbelievably) the 2nd time I've accidentally picked up this author, and I still wish that somewhere in the description the
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I got this book because I loved the cover and it's a retelling of Rapunzel!

But . . .

I did love the parts with Rapunzel and Sir Gerek but there was too much with Rapunzel's supposed mom that got on my nerves. I think the retelling would have been great if the mom didn't get on my nerves. She was just on and on and on and on and on and on and on <---get it, about certain things that I wanted to throw the beautiful book! Sigh . . .

The 3 stars are for Rapunzel and Gerek and the idea. No stars for
So, I loved this book! Read it in one day! I adore Melanie Dickerson's medieval fairytale retellings, and should seriously think about collecting them all! ^_^ Anyway, The Golden Braid did not disappoint in any way. Another five-star rating for Melanie's sweet romances!

This one is a retelling of Rapunzel, one of my favorite fairytales. Rapunzel is a nineteen-year-old young woman living with her rather reclusive stepmother. Though innocent and a bit naive, she's skilled at knife-throwing and othe
Holy Roman Empire, 1413—

Rapunzel is the daughter of a travelling midwife. She knows she’s adopted, and the midwife, Gothel, has at least two incompatible stories of how Rapunzel came into her custody. This is highly suspicious to nineteen-year-old Rapunzel. Gothel also has an irrational hatred of all men and all written words, and she uproots the family and moves as soon as their neighbors notice they exist. Rapunzel is now quite certain that her mother is insane.

Yet like many victims of abusive
Jill Williamson
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Readers who love getting lost in a fairytale romance will cheer for Rapunzel’s courage as she rises above her overwhelming past. The surprising way Dickerson weaves threads of this enchanting companion novel with those of her other Hagenheim stories is simply delightful. Her fans will love it.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I finally got around to reading the next book in this series, and I think it’ll be the last book in the series I read. I’ve read the previous 5 books in the series already and, after this 6th one, I’m finally giving up.

Literally every book in this series is practically the same, except the characters have different names. Seriously. It’s not even a good pattern. It’s an annoying stereotypical series and I’ve only partly enjoyed one of these books (The Fairest Beauty. It was the most original and
Jaye Knight
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. As a huge fangirl of Tangled, of course, I could hardly wait to get my hands on this Rapunzel retelling. Especially considering the gorgeous cover. However, though I dove in with gleeful expectations, the story just never fully captured my interest. It actually took me three months to finish reading it. There was just something about it . . . it just felt awkward and stilted much of the time. And I never grew to truly love the characters like I did in ...more
Actual rating:2.5 buddy read with Stefanie!!:)

Plot: The plot was pretty predictable and had no set direction until later in the book. The plot was pretty dull and boring for the most part and I wasn't really pulled in or intrigued.

Characters: I feel like I never really connected with the characters I didn't really care what happened to them and I just for some reason didn't emotionally connect to them. Rapunzel really had no personality and she just didn't have a spine for most of the book and
J.C. Morrows
Am I the only one or did anyone else find themself humming the theme from“Tangled” while reading the blurb for this book?

I know the blurb says “like no other” and that is true, but there are definitely bits of it that are reminiscent of Disney’s long-haired heroine. And – for me – those little tidbits just added to an already fantastic story!

Speaking of similarities… I LOVE… LOVE LOVE LOVE that Melanie makes her characters enamored with books and reading. Not only is it a wonderful addition to e
Elizabeth Dragina
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Can I just say wow?

I mean I knew reading this book that it was a retelling of Repunzal so I knew that somehow she was the Duke's Daughter... duh.. it's obvious, but I was completely astounded as to how Melanie Dickerson made the reunion happen. It was so beautiful!! I cried and got all shivery by the feelings exchanged and the love shared. There was such wise advice given to her ( Repunzal ) by Lady Rose in the book and I found myself nodding with the truth of it. This is the most biblically pr
Terry Bell
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Parents, Adults
Recommended to Terry by: Melanie Dickerson
When I read The Golden Braid I wasn't able to post my review on Good reads as the reviews weren't open just yet.
Since I couldn't share here, I posted in Melanie's Facebook page. Here is what I thought about her latest book.
If you have children, by all means read these books to them. They aren't gender specific as you will find from my review.

Melanie has out written herself! This book is by FAR her best work to date!!
When was the last time you began reading a book and found that you did not want
Rachelle Cobb
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Melanie Dickerson has done it again with her latest fairytale retelling featuring the medieval Hagenheim. With accurate historical details that plunge you into the story world, this book is bound to please readers of medieval adventure stories (like me!). A sweet love story ties the characters together, and Christian themes tie the plotlines together.

The one thing I wish I would have known ahead of time is that this book's timeline runs concurrently with that of Melanie Dickerson's other book in
~4.5 stars~
Galaxy Adventurer
First off let me say that this cover is sooooo pretty! :) Ok now to the book review.
(Warning, spoilers in this review)

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May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully spun retelling of the age-old fairy tale we all know well...
It's all here... the tower. The mother. The begrudging hero. Missing pieces and identities.
And, of course, the long-haired blonde.
This story is woven together like the most intricate braid, with so many threads all crossed over and under and finally
-in a satisfying and heartwarming climax-
pulled taught to complete a glorious masterpiece of creativity and beauty.
A tale of trust, betrayal, treachery, searching, tru
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this imaginative retelling of Rapunzel, Melanie Dickerson puts a unique spin on the  fairytale. In The Golden Braid, Rapunzel is not your typical damsel in distress. For instance, she can throw knives and paint very well.
The novel chronicalizes Rapunzel and her plight to learn how to read. Furthermore, her stepmother ,Gothel,  keeps her so sheltered from the world that the desire she has is difficult to accomplish, but when she meets a handsome knight everything changes. I won't give out majo
Haley S
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good!! In my opinion, it was kind of slow at first but near the end, really awesome! The only thing I didn't get was that Rapunzel thought that Sir Gerek was arrogant. I didn't agree with that. I thought Sir Gerek was pretty awesome. The ending, I really liked. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the Hagenheim series except, The Merchant's Daughter. This one is my new favorite. It was hard to put down! Also, I didn't realize this when I began the book, but this story takes place during the same time as her fifth book. The plots actually mix in this book. Now I can't wait for her new release next month. ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and unique take on Rapunzel!
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for giving me this book to review.

Rapunzel is a sheltered young woman who lives with her protective mother. One day Mother Gothel decides they need to move again to protect Rapunzel from men who want to marry her. On the road they are rescued by a knight, Sir Gerek, but he ends up being injured, which is the opportunity Rapunzel has been looking for as her only desire is to learn the skill of reading, which Sir Gerek begrudgingly agrees to teach her. As Rupe
I love Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retellings. ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: super-sweet-guy, ya
This series is just so pure and sweet, I can't help but continue. I love how each book has it's own little inspirational tone and how each of them always read the bible. I think that's a wonderful common thread. ...more
Rapunzel has moved from village to village all her life, never feeling like she belongs. Her mother treats her as though she weren't a young woman of 19, old enough to make her own decisions, and fills her with suspicion and distrust of men. But after being saved by Sir Gerek on the way to Hagenhiem, and coming to their new home, everything in Rapunzel's life begins to turn.

Overcoming unfounded fears, learning to trust, dangers, and unbelievable secrets revealed.

Oh my, I loved this The Golden
Deborah O'Carroll
Another excellent read from Melanie Dickerson! *huggles book*

I think it was the least standalone-ish of her books I've read so far, simply because it had so many delightful tie-ins to other books in the Hagenheim series. I loved that! :) It was also so so cool how it tied in with The Princess Spy and the events going on in that and even some of the things behind the scenes we hadn't seen before! So awesome. (Though a couple times it seemed like it was summarizing a bit too much and I would have
Raechel Lenore
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Such a lovely book!! It was a great retelling of the fairy tale, Rapunzel. I really really love how Mrs. Dickerson doesn’t have any magic or anything in her books.
This book was excellent, and I loved every page of it. It was exciting, and fun, and the scenery was delightful! It’s related closely to “The Princess Spy”, and sometimes that got a little confusing for me, because I hadn’t read that one in quite a while – but even so, it didn’t cause problems with this book. You can easily read “The G
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Braid
By: Melanie Dickerson

Wow, what a fantastic fairy tale Melanie Dickerson has weaved. She surely has herself a winner in The Golden Braid. I really love the story , the characters, and the way she brings them to life. The story is full of romance, mystery, revenge, forgiveness, and The Love of God. Rapunzel and her mother does not stay in one place very long. They are on their way to Hagenheim when they were attacked. Her mother has always told her to not trust men. She has always
While I've enjoyed Melanie Dickerson's books overall, some have been better (according to my personal tastes) than others. The book before this one (book 5) didn't quite click with me, so I was very happy to then read this sixth book and feel that it was one of the best in the Hagenheim series. Dickerson seems to really understand this fairytale and what it would be like for a young woman to realize that the person who raised her and had been at least somewhat loving toward her was not what they ...more
2.5 stars
First, it took me four tries to get into this story. It's very disjointed in a lot of places, and the first-person POV has an odd distance..."Rapunzel thought that...Rapunzel was sure..." types of sentences felt like momentary lapses into some form of second-person POV. Many sentences don't lead logically from one to the other within a single paragraph.

Because of a challenge, I decided to power through so I could count the title. The last half is more active and interesting, but one th
Sierra Faith
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving away a copy of this book!!! End 2/8
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Genre: Romance, Christian.

Age Range: 13+

Favorite Quote: “So, you see, a man can love you, but only imperfectly. It is God alone who can be God.”

Series: The sixth book of The Hagenheim Series. Each book can be read individually, but I recommend reading them in order.

Stars: 5/5

Melanie Dickerson did it again!!! The Golden Braid was phenomenal! Oh, that plot twist! Melanie didn’t really lead
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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

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Hagenheim (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Merchant's Daughter (Hagenheim, #2)
  • The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim, #3)
  • The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim, #4)
  • The Princess Spy (Hagenheim, #5)
  • The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim, #7)
  • The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)
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