Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Healer’s Apprentice

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Young Adult – Romance/Fantasy
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Age Range:  Young-Adult
Pages:  261
Date Scoot Read: December 2010
Source:  Paperback from GoodReads giveaways

Scoot's Rating: 
6- Good read with small flaws.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
Scoot’s Review:A rare stand alone novel in the world of teen trilogies, The Healer’s Apprentice is a sweet fairytale romance with dashing lords, innocent maidens, and evil-doers.  Rose is a peasant girl raised in a small village who was chosen by the castle healer to be her apprentice.  Rose’s life gets a little turned around when the two young lords return home from abroad and she is called in to assist in healing one of them.  The story felt like a typical fairytale romance, with a few good plot twists.  I was not a huge fan of the heroine (Rose); she was so flighty! She couldn’t decide who she loved and waffling back and forth like that always bugs me.  If you aren’t SURE you love someone, then it probably means you don’t.  The writing flowed well, although at first it was a little confusing because one of the main characters is called by two different names (however, if you read in the back this is historically accurate for that time period).  The story had Christian elements and occasionally seemed a little over dramatic in that way, but otherwise was an enjoyable read.  

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