A BEAUTIFUL MAIDEN who POACHES to FEED the POOR. A HANDSOME FORESTER on a MISSION to CATCH HER. DANGER and LOVE ARE ABOUT TO UNTIE in THORNBECK FOREST.
The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around--and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave's forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him...a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.
The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her, the one woman he loves is his cunning target...What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
I have loved every one of Melanie's books. There isn't one that I could say wasn't on my favorites list. This one is no exception. In fact, she gets better with each book. There was an air of mystery about it that kept me wondering. The characters were very real and I enjoyed getting to know them.
Odette is a sweet but adventurous young lady who wants to do what is right and at the same time can't let the children starve. Her life is centered around others instead of herself. Jorgen is a man of honor and is determined to do his job the correct way. He doesn't believe in lying to protect others but believes honesty is the right way to deal with things. There are many devious characters in the story. Some you don't realize how devious and a couple surprise you in the end.
This is a great book for any age. I encourage those with teen girls to buy these books because they are sweet but have adventure. They teach girls they CAN make good choices.
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book, as well as the acclaimed novels The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, and The Captive Maiden. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.
HER WEBSITE: www.melaniedickerson.com
HER BLOG: www.melaniewrites.blogspot.com
Her Medieval Fairy Tale Retellings
The Healer's Apprentice
The Merchant's Daughter
The Fairest Beauty
The Captive Maiden
The Princess Spy
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
The Golden Braid (November 2015)
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