The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Summary: 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 they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.
When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.
Review: A retelling of Snow White with no magic and a too good to be true character.
As I have mentioned before, I love to read retellings, especially fairy tale retellings. The first thing I noticed about this book was that it took place in Europe in an unspecified time in the past. There is also no magic. I did like the fact that it was told in such a setting. It puts a new spin on the standard fairy tale. I really liked what they did with the seven dwarves. Instead of being dwarves, they are men that happen to have disabilities.
What I didn’t like was Sophie. I know that she has to be incredibly beautiful since that is how the fairy tale goes, but even so, I didn’t like always hearing about how beautiful she is. The author tries to make it seem like she is a tough person, but once Gabe comes along, she becomes totally dependent on him. Sophie was way too innocent and pure for her own damn good. She won’t let a man touch her to stitch up her arm when she has been injured. The man is trying to help you! He is not trying to molest you!
Recommendation: I would only recommend this to those that are big fans of fairy tale retellings.