"And at last I see the light, And it's like the fog has lifted, And at last I see the light, And it's like the sky is new, And it's warm and real and bright, And the world has somehow shifted,
All at once everything looks different, Now that I see you" - from Disney's Tangled
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again---this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight---Sir Gerek---Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
"Forgive me for wanting riches and status more than to give love to a woman who deserves it. I promise, if it is your will, I shall marry Rapunzel and give her everything I am, everything you provide, and I shall begin by giving her my love." (239)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (242) - Romans 15:13
"Instantly, a song rose inside her and she began to sing. She sang new words, a new song to God, in praise of his hope and his unfailing love...she stopped and whispered, 'I will never sing for Mother again, but I will sing to you, God, as long as I have hope.'" (243)Isn't it beautiful? My three favorite quotes in The Golden Braid. First one, does that not make Sir Gerek swoon worthy! Whew! Next is also one of my favorite Biblical verses, because there's always hope and we will always welcome it and crave it. And finally, a song to our beloved God of hope. In times of trouble, isn't God the one you want? Before I end, I must say the cover is gorgeous. Here it is again for you to see. Just simply stunning and makes you want to grab and read it right away! If you want a clean historical read for a young teen or young adult in your life, The Golden Braid is it. As an adult, it's perfect for me to enjoy and indulge my childhood fancy with fairy tales too. *smile
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
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