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The Peasant's Dream

(Hagenheim #11)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  260 reviews
In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance.

Adela, daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. But one day, longing for freedom, she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick, a poor farmer, i
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)

Oh, I was so nervous about this final Hagenheim book. It’s sad to say goodbye to this family, but at the same time, I’m ready for the start of a new series by this author.
I’m giving this a personal rating of 3.5 stars. I would give it four stars because of the plot twists, the elements of the Cinderella story, and those final chapters. However, Adela and Frederick were not my absolute favorites to say the least. There were instant attraction feelings
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it

I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, so learning that this was supposed so be a reverse Cinderella story really had me excited to read it. Sadly, nothing about it lived up to my expectations. I have read other of Dickerson's books and been slightly underwhelmed, but this fell flat in every way.


Cinderella: What attracted me to this book was the premise of a reverse Cinderella, but I can honestly say that I don't see anything related to
I am already in love.....LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS COVER!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED this book NOW! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I must confess this book was exactly what I expected it to be. Definitely not a literary masterpiece, but not that bad either.
I'm maybe a bit too influenced in my judgement by the fact that this seems part of a very popular and prolific series that I haven't had the chance to read before, but I couldn't connect with the story nor the characters in the deep way that I usually like.
I didn't exp
Ashton Reed
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Christian readers who want a gentle, very polite romance??
2.5/5 stars

I’ve got to be honest… this book barely did anything for me 😬 I hate to be a hater, but this review is definitely a rant review.

The Peasant’s Dream follows a young girl named Adela. All she wants for her life is to go on an adventure, albeit a safe one, and explore the world to paint. Her kind parents wish for her to marry though, and she begins a courtship with Lord Barthold. But when a young, poor wood-carver named Frederick catches her eye in town, she tests the limits of her heart
Jenny Jo Weir
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ok-read
Again, I love christian fiction, fairy tales and historical fiction, so as expected, this book was right up my alley. I really enjoyed the whole role reversal on the Cinderella plot. I'd never imagined a story about a male Cinderella, but that was my take on this book. I think it was also interesting how she presented herself as poor. Either way, the whole backwards thing was fun to read. ...more
✩ Yaz ✩
5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Peasant’s Dream is a unique reversed retelling of the much beloved fairytale of Cinderella but the author creates an authentic story of her own that makes this book special and new.

• The writing is smooth and immersive. I was immediately immersed into the story that progressed on a very good pace without prolonging or dulling the scenes even if it consisted mostly of dialogue.

• The world-building was fitting for the book although it wasn’t as atmospheric, but I was able to cre
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
What is this? I gave a Melanie Dickerson book 3 stars??? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO??!!!

I can't help it though and if I'm being honest here, there's a couple others in this series that only deserve 3 stars from me as well.

I feel like around the time after The Golden Braid released, Melanie just stopped caring about this series. Or something. Because the writing and dialogue often feels like she wasn't even trying at all. And that's what most of this book felt like. No real depth or feeling. A
The Pheasants Dream is a reverse Cinderella Story and is the story of Duke Wilhelm's youngest daughter, Adela. The story starts out with her longing to do something more in her life, have some adventures just as all of her siblings did but it seems impossible since she isn't allowed to go outside the castle walls. One day she sneaks away just to have a little taste of what it's like in town at the market. Then she meets Frederick... and he changes everything. They fall in love but seems like eve ...more
Valerie Fazio
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-giveaways
This was a Goodreads giveaway book, albeit, not the book I won. I won a different book, and a different Valerie won this book, and they got switched.

Now, I don't typically read Christian fiction, but this one looked appealing to me; the cover, the summary, the retelling of a classic fairytale theme.

I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. The language was modern, but I could hear the periodization in the tone of the writing. It was a fantastic blend of modern and traditional.
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
There’s another one YES YES YES YES YES YES
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Inside the Wong Mind:

The Peasant's Dream
by Melanie Dickerson
Book 11 in the Hagenheim series
Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: July 7, 2020

Reverse Cinderella story? Yes, please. I always love a good fairytale retelling but when you reverse the roles and fill out the characters and backstory so much, I did not want to put the book down. I am a huge fan of Melanie Dickerson because she takes the time to really develop her characters and fill in the fairytale background. She brings you
Laura Hartness
**Thanks to Goodreads for the print copy I received through a Goodreads giveaway!**

Since childhood, my favorite fairy tale has been Cinderella. I’m drawn to adaptations of the story, so it was no surprise that The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson would pique my interest. In this version, the narrative is somewhat reversed, in that the “Cinderella” is actually a poor farmer’s son who falls in love with a duke’s daughter. The male protagonist is Frederick, a wood carver who has in his life ch
"The Peasant's Dream" by Melanie Dickerson is the eleventh and final book in the “Hagenheim” series. It is a sweet, gentle, reverse “Cinderella” story, telling the story of Adela, the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm. It can be read as a standalone.

I love the diversity of Melanie’s characters and their personalities. In this series, there is a hero and heroine to suit everyone. There are kick-butt heroines and valiant knights. In this installment, the hero and heroine are both gentle, kind and
Shann Hayse
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this story.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The Peasant's Dream
by Melanie Dickerson
Back of the Book: “In this reverse Cinderella story, a poor farmer’s son, who dreams of using his talent as a woodcarver to make a better life for himself, falls in love with a duke’s daughter and must fight for a chance to win her heart.
Adela is the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim and is never allowed outside of the castle walls. She loves her family, but she sneaks away one day to the market in the town center. There she meets a handsome yo
This book was a bit of a disappointment. I had been so excited for it, the concept of a genderbent Cinderella retelling sounded amazing. It didn't quite fulfill its promises though.

While this is marketed as a Cinderella retelling, it didn't exactly feel like one. Some of the most iconic scenes and events from Cinderella were missing completely. I wanted a fairy godmother, the lost shoe, and the runaway beauty. In this book, we just got an insta-love romance, one-dimensional characters, and rand
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The moment I saw this book on Netgalley I just had to request it even though, according to my own rules, I wasn't allowed to claim another book. But I was also one of the lucky ones who got to read the 10th book in this series and I really enjoyed the mix of a fairytale retelling, original twists and a little bit of faith in God. And since Cinderella is one of my favorite fairytales ever, I had high hopes for this one.

But it took me a little while to get used to the writing style again. The writ
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not help but fall in love with this book. When I heard it was a reverse Cinderella, I knew I had to jump at the chance to read this book. Frederick earns all of the income for his family, plus he takes care of his mother and father who live the drunk life. Being a talented carver, his skills landed him a job to carve the doors of the cathedral. Inspir
MaryannC. Book Freak
A lovely, faith based story of a young woman who yearns to experience the world beyond her pampered life inside a castle.
Adela, daughter to the Duke of Hagenheim fortunate to live a comfortable life within the castle walls, wants more to life than being waited on and sheltered, she yearns to smell the flowers outside her windows, meet people and paint. But, being able to walk out and do just as she pleases is not an easy task because she is always under the watchful eyes of her parents and the c
Paige:  TheReaderRambler&Reviewer
I LOVED this book. I def think this is one of her best books, and I highly recommend it!
I loved how it was so different to the classic Cinderella story, and one of my favourite parts was when ***SPOILER***** Fredericks sisters turned out to be good! The characters were well developed and relatable, and I couldn't put this book down! I was just like, "What's going to happen?" "How will this be sorted out?" I think this tied off the Hagenheim series well.
Allyson Jamison
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-ya-books
*sigh* Melanie Dickerson has cast me under a spell once again! 😄 Beautiful! Very well done!!
"And love is much more important than wealth. If you have to live without wealth, you might have some difficulties, but living without love ... that would be tragic indeed."

Melanie Dickerson always writes captivating fairy tale retellings filled with adventure, complex plot with twists and turns, beautifully heroic characters, and gentle spiritual reminders. The Peasant's Dream is a reverse Cinderella story but the villains are not necessarily related to the main characters. Frederick is a poor
Kelly Bridgewater
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson has crafted a wonderful family saga with the Hagenheim family. It was really neat to see different versions of popular fairy tales and seeing them come to life with the individuals from this one family. The Peasant's Dream is Ardela's story. She is a painter who wants to marry for love, but her family wants her to marry a kind hearted person, but he needs to have money. Not that her family is really pushing, but with the choices they offer her, it says different. I love the ide ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

I was intrigued from the promising synopsis of reverse Cinderella story.
Although it's book 11 of the series and the story references other connected stories,you'll have no problem reading it as a stand alone plot .
Easy and pleasant to read and the writing style did make this book a fast read.
Gripping and very well tied plot.
I know it's a Cinderella retelling and there's no other way but I would'v
Katelyn S
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Ehh—It was fine.
This review might be a little more intense than some of my others, but I first want to say that these are my own subjective opinions, and I appreciate any opinion you have.
One critique I have of these books in general, for anyone who might be interested in them, is that they are all kind of the same. They follow the same premise of a girl and a guy who meet, fall in love over time (over the course of a few mishaps), and get married. This isn’t really a spoiler! Now listen, I lov
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: got-review-copy
I can't believe this is the last book to such a wonderful series! Even though this is not my fave Dickerson novel, I was still blessed by the story.

I didn't connect with Adela at all, which was unexpected and the reason for the simply "like" rating, I have loved MOST of the characters in this series and LOVE the Hagenheim family. However, I saw Adela as irresponsible and somewhat even reckless in her decision to pursue Frederick in a sneaky way. I never saw her as spoiled, but definitely wanting
Lorin Grace
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Over the last few years, my daughters and I have enjoyed the Hégenheim Series. This book is the love story of the Duke's youngest daughter Adela and a reverse Cinderella named Frederick.

I thoroughly enjoyed the depiction of Frederick and his determination in life and the choices he made. I will admit that I didn't see as much of the Cinderella line as I would have liked too.

Adela's deceptive nature didn't do much for me. I felt as if her parents had backtracked in their growth arcs from where t
Suzie Waltner
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This may be unpopular opinion, but sometimes it’s just time for a series to end. And with the eleventh book, Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim Series comes to a close.

Toted as a reverse Cinderella story, The Peasant’s Dream matches Cinderella in two ways. Frederick is a peasant who is while forced by his father to work and he has two stepsisters. When he meets Adela, he does not realize she is the daughter of a duke.

Dickerson made sure to include all of her previous characters in this one (mostly ju
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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 Golden Braid (Hagenheim, #6)
  • The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim, #7)
  • The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)
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