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Book Review: "The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dickerson

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Growing up to be a healer's apprentice meant devoting your life to helping those that are ill. Romance was never part of the equation. What happens when it does become part of the equation and it is a very forbidden romance? "The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dickerson is the story of Rose, a young woman who has recently become a healer's apprentice. When the sons of a duke both fall in love with her, her life is turned upside down. Not only is Rose the object of affection between two brothers, there is a deep secret involving her past, present, and future.

"The Healer's Apprentice" follows Rose, a young woman serving as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle. Rose's heart is not really into becoming a healer as she loathes the sight of blood and longs for a more interesting and unique life. A true beauty, Rose captivates the attention of the sons of the duke, Wilhelm and Rupert. Wilhelm and Rose are immediately drawn to one another, but Wilhelm is betrothed to another duke's daughter and must rescue her from a terrible fate. Their forbidden attraction leads the younger brother Rupert to step into the picture and woo Rose. Despite Rupert's passion for Rose, Wilhelm and Rose still fall in love with another. This forbidden love introduces Rose to secrets about her past and she learns things about her present and future she could have never imagined. Loosely based on "Sleeping Beauty", "The Healer's Apprentice" is a tale of love, mystery, and a true fairy tale.

"The Healer's Apprentice" is a nice novel. The characters, particularly Wilhelm and Rose are interesting, strong-minded, and well-developed. Dickerson also does a nice job in capturing what a German town in the Middle Ages would be like. There are details about the castles, the dresses, and even the lush forests surrounding the castle.

The novel is a little dry though. There is really no excitement, passion, or urgency. You may be left bored and longing for more for these characters and this story. It comes off a passive tale. Wilhelm, Rose, and even Rupert deserve more zest to them.

"The Healer's Apprentice" is a nice and sweet read. It has a sweet love story and some interesting mysteries and secrets thrown in there. Young love has never been sweeter!

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