Two Hearts. One Hope.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
This novel is shelved as YA and even though I got it for ME, my freshman daughter snagged it before I even had a chance to crack the spine. Being the loving, giving, and sharing-of-literature mom that I am, I gave her a quick swat on the patootie and waited for her verdict. The next day (I don't know where she gets it!) my dear sweet eldest had finished reading the novel, so she gave it back with a "thumbs up" and I dug in.
I thought the tale got off to a bit of a choppy start -- I was expecting a birth and a fairy and curse. It didn't take long before I found myself wondering exactly which fairy tale was being retold; but even though certain elements did not make an appearance in their "expected form", I was soon drawn in to Dickerson's tale.
This isn't the Walt Disney Golden Book we grew up with. There are no fairies flitting about or fire-breathing dragons, or sword-wielding princes who never speak. Wilhelm doesn't wax poetic overmuch in his speeches, but he is more than a card-board cut-out handsome prince -- he is gentle, responsible, and committed to his duty as heir to the dukedom and keeper of peace between the realms.
Although I'm a bit late coming to the party on this title (it was a Christy finalist last year!) I'm glad I finally got to read it and I am most certainly looking forward to reading Melanie Dickerson's next fairy tale, The Merchant's Daughter, due out December 1st.