Book: The Healers Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Year Published: 2010
Genre: Christian Romance/adventure
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: Women and teens
Setting: The early 1300s
Characters: A woodcutter’s daughter, Rose; Her friend Hildy, her mentor Frau Geruscha, two handsome duke’s sons, various other people.
Plot: In this fairytale-like story, Rose is the daughter of a poor woodcutter apprenticed to a local healer in a duke’s castle. She is breathtakingly pretty, and catches the eye of the Duke’s sons. During the story, each character has to strive against what they believe is right versus their feelings. Drama ensues.
Thoughts: So, this book kind of surprised me. I am used to Christian fiction being so cut and dried that you can tell the outcome of the story by the first page. This story, while still predictable, had a few twists. I enjoy that in my stories. I don’t want to know exactly what will happen and how it will happen before I even get introduced to the characters. I liked the setting of this book more than most. The author used the medieval period, which I have a soft spot for. I also enjoyed the presence of magic and the spirit world in the book. That is not something you often seen in Christian books either. All in all, this book kept my interest enough for me to read it all the way through without groaning at the absurdity and simplicity of the story.