Continuing on with Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim series is her third book, The Fairest Beauty. In this story, we go back to Hagenheim, Germany and revisit some familiar characters (Duke Wilhelm and his wife Rose). The Fairest Beauty is a retelling of Snow White.
Sophie is desperate to get away from her jealous stepmother. She has been serving her stepmother for many years and escape seems to be the only way to find happiness. But no one ever has successfully escaped from the castle. But Sophie’s stepmother may be planning Sophie’s death…
Gabe defies his parents (Wilhelm and Rose) to go find Sophie and rescue her. Sophie is his brother’s betrothed, but with an injured leg, he is forced to wait. But Gabe believes he could do just as well as his older brother. But Gabe soon discovers that his parents had a right to worry: Sophie’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him.
The pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven and find help–but their feelings for each other have also grown.
This book very quickly became my favorite in the series. Even though I am not a fan of the Snow White Disney movie, this story captured my heart. Sophie is a strong character (unlike the Disney movie girl) and fiercely guards her heart.
At first, I really didn’t like Gabe. He was so rude and defiant and his reasons for going to rescue Sophie were completely selfish. Although, if he had waited and gone with his brother’s group, Sophie might have died. Gabe turned into the most sweet, wonderful man. He fought for Sophie, and found the one thing she really wanted.
I highly recommend this book and give it two thumbs up! I read through this book in almost three days. I was unable to put it down.