The Fairest Beauty is a retelling of Snow White. It is just loosly on it. I personally am impressed with it. The characters all have different names. Some of the same qualities you expect and some you have no idea. Their are new characters too.
Of course their is a wicked stepmother who hates her stepdaughter. Not that she acknowledge that she has one because she faked her death at age 2. Then she got rid of all the servants who would realize she was alive and well except for two kitchen cooks.
Sophie was a servant that was always getting into trouble trying to help others. She was always punished harder than others. Now she was in trouble because she rescued puppies from being drowned.
Gabe is a second son who enjoys life. When he hears that his brothers betroved is still alive and in danger. He decides that he would go rescue her because his brother has a broken leg. He wants to prove to his father and brother that he is good enough.
Their is one dwarf in the cottage of seven three days journey they are told they can find safty there. The others are not was you might expect. Though one sneezes,one grumpy,one is not to bright,ect. I like the cottage of seven and would love to see more of their stories told. They are welcoming and appreciate Sophie's cooking and care for her.
I enjoyed reading Sophie's story. She is kind and always tries to help others when she could. Because of how she lived her life others returned some of the favors she gave when she was in need.
Has some drama and action. Humor too. This is a very clean read. I want to read more of Melanie's books after reading The Fairest Beauty.
I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it when finshed by Netgalley.
Published January 8th 2013 by Zondervan 323 pages ISBN:0310724392
Discription below is off of Goodreads.com
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