10 August 2011

Diana's Corner - Review-The Healer's Apprentice









Book Review by Diana Flowers




The Healer's Apprentice 
(Zondervan, 2010)

by Melanie Dickerson

5 stars *****

Destined To Be A Classic!

Melanie Dickerson takes us on an exciting medieval journey to 14th century Germany, where knights in armor, castles, lords and ladies, and of course, forbidden love and secrets abound! The lovely young Rose, is appointed as a healer's apprentice in Hagenheim Castle under the tutelage of Frau Geruscha. When the handsome Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured Rose must tend to him in the absence of Frau Geruscha. Out of gratefulness to Rose for helping her brother, Lady Osanna invites her to a festive ball and there she catches the eye of Lord Rupert, their other brother.

 A romance with either brother, however, is forbidden, for Rose is a lowly woodcutter's daughter, and Lord Hamlin has been engaged since the age of five to a young lady he is soon to marry, though they have never met. Soon Rose is torn between both brothers and a web of deceit and treachery threatens to destroy her innocent life. Who is this mysterious young lady, who is betrothed to Lord Hamlin?...and how can Rose get him out of her heart and mind? Are Lord Rupert's intentions toward her honorable? How can she have feelings for both brothers at the same time?...and what evil lurks around every corner? Will she trust God to lead her to her destiny or follow her young foolish heart?

A beautifully written page-turner, destined to become a classic, is a must read for all ages! I can hardly wait for Melanie's next book to be released, The Merchant's Daughter, a take on the wonderful classic Beauty and the Beast!




The Healer's Apprentice is available as an ebook through CBD and as a paperback , too.

Giveaway:  
Note from CFP - We are doing a mystery giveaway this time.  Like Melanie's story, where you don't really know what is coming until the end, we are gonna let the postman surprise a fortunate reader!  Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing! 


Oh, and would you please pray for Melanie and her husband today for an awesome job for him?  Post your prayer here for a not-a-surprise giveaway of The Healer's Apprentice!  
  

36 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great book to me. You did a good job on this review Diana! I want answers to all those questions!!

    Marian

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  2. Thank you, Marian! To think I almost missed out on this one, because it was under the young adult section in the bookstore. This is a must read for all ages...I could hardly put it down! I hope all of you that haven't read it, will go to CBD or Amazon and order it.:)

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  3. I love page turners! shondaet@gmail.com

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  4. Great to see you on OTT, Shonda! Unfortunately, we don't have a copy of Melanie's book, but I can assure you a great book if you win. I think The Healer's Apprentice is only $7.99 on CBD which is well worth it!

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  5. This book sounds like a great read. I will put this on my books I want to read list. No one ever needs to ask me what I want for gifts. They already know my answer! Books and more books!

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  6. LOL, Judy! We are doing a mystery giveaway of a few books this time, too!

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  7. I'm with you, Judy! That's how I ended up with 3 gift cards for books last year and for Mother's Day this year! I didn't complain a lick!:)

    *Please remember to leave an email addy everyone. Sadly someone won a great book awhile back and I couldn't track her down with no email address.:(

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  8. I've heard so much about Melanie's book. I hope to read it sometime. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  9. Hi, Jodie! Nice to "see" you here on OTT! Yes, and to think I almost missed out on Melanie's book by thinking it was just for YA. I love your email addy by the way!

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  10. Heavenly Father, we ask that you not only provide sweet Melanie's husband with a job, but the very best job You have for him dear Lord. A job with wonderful pay, great hours, benefits, and a job he will enjoy! I agree with all the others who are praying, that this will be accomplished speedily. In Jesus precious name, Amen!

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  11. Hi, Since I've won and read Melanies wonderful "The Healer's Apprentice," I'm putting in a chance bid for a win of the mysterious read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win a surprise. I hope I win!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  12. Thanks so much, Diana! I appreciate all the prayers we can get. Joe lost his job eleven months ago and is still looking. It's been a very hard year in many ways. But God is faithful.

    I appreciate the wonderful words about my book! The second book comes out in November, and I noticed CBD is offering both books bought together at a discount. But please, check the book out at the library if you can't afford to buy it, or request it from your library if they don't already have it. They will usually order it if someone requests it.

    Thanks again!

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  13. Lord, put your hand upon Joe and bless him mightily. Bring employment that You want him to have. Provide for him and his family abundantly. Bless Melanie in her writing ministry and bring her additional income that is from You. Hold them in your hands and breathe peace upon them. In Jesus's precious name, Amen.

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  14. Barb, it's so good to see you. I hope you are doing better and you will be entered!

    Melanie, you are so welcome, sweetie! I, for one, can't wait 'til your next book is released! What a great deal on both of your books at CBD!

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  15. OOPS to Shonda! Change of plans...for anyone that offers a prayer here for Melanie's hubby, is the chance to win a copy of The Healer's Apprentice!

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  16. I read The Healer's Apprentice and really enjoyed the story. I am adding your new release to my wish list. Thanks for the great interview.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Thank you misskallie and you will be entered for a chance to win a surprise book!

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  18. I have heard so many good things about this book and have it on my TBR list. I love the idea of a surprise book. What fun!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. Hi, Jo! Carrie's surprise pkgs. are just great! You are officially entered!

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  20. Sounds great!

    Joan

    goangaz@aol.com

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  21. Hey, Joan! Throwing your name in the hat, girlfriend!

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  22. Lord please provide the needed job for Melanie's husband. You know where You want him, Lord. Guide and direct him in Your path.
    (Don't enter me in the drawing - I already have a copy of this fine book.)

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  23. Since you already have THA, Pegg, we will enter you for a chance to win a surprise book from the postman! May God bless you for taking the time to pray for this dear couple.

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  24. oooh please please please let me win! ;) I nnnnneeeeeddddd more books to read ~ Lol! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I'm really looking forward to reading The Merchant's Daughter ~ chomping at the bit, is more like it.

    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

    By the way, I pray God answers your prayers for a job for your hubby, Melanie. He's still in the miracle business and He always takes care of His own. Blessings to you :)

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  25. Welcome to OTT, Amanda! Only another avid reader, and passionate book lover such as myself would understand your desperation! LOL Your post is too cute.:) And thank you for encouraging Melanie!

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  26. Dear Lord, please care for Melanie's family. Show them that You have everything in control and lead Melanie's husband to the job You have for him.

    Marian

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  27. Thank you, Marian, and I know Melanie thanks you. She's such a darling!

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  28. This is coming in late as an unabashed entry for the giveaway opportunity; but it's also for the prayers for your DH...my son lost his job last year, and it was a struggle so I know what you're going through. I am praying the Lord will bless you with the peace and security of new work. In our Savior's precious Name.
    Blessings Melanie and Diana!

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  29. Pat, you are certainly not too late...we probably won't draw a winner until Sunday. Thank you so much for offering up a prayer for Melanie's hubby. I believe we will be hearing good news from Melanie soon!

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  30. This comment is from my sis-in-law who can't enter a comment:

    Please enter me to win this book. I would love to win!

    Barbara Smith
    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  31. Pat I. won a copy of THA by Melanie - congrats! And Amanda Stephan won the mystery box of books - and I hope you will enjoy all of them! Blessings all. Dear God, touch every reader of this blog and bring peace and blessings into their lives. Heal any rifts in our author's lives, as well, and bring the right employment to Melanie's husband and to those whose loved ones are seeking new jobs. In Jesus's name, Amen

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  32. Congrats, Pat, for winning The Healer's Apprentice (hope you will enjoy it as much as Carrie and I did!)...I told you, you weren't too late!:) Congrats to you as well, Amanda, and your wish for more books will be fulfilled! LOL Thank you all for your encouraging comments and prayers! And Carrie, I agree in prayer with you that all of these needs be met in Jesus name, Amen.

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  33. I have a copy of Melanie's book - it is fantabulous! I can't wait for the next one.

    Dear Father;
    Please grant Joe the job he most desires - give this family the relief they need from the pressure and stresses caused by joblessness. Thank You for your mercy that endureth forever and grant the Dickersons the perfect income with the benefits they need.
    Thank You for answered prayers. In Jesus' name, AMEN

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  34. Thank you so much Joy, for coming over to offer up a prayer for Melanie and her husband! We appreciate it and I know Melanie does!

    We have some great interviews/reviews/giveaways coming up on some of the latest books, so please come back and join in on the fun...and perhaps win a great book while you are at it!

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  35. Love surprises, thanks for the giveaway.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  36. Hi. I just started following your blog. It's lovely! I'm in the middle of this book and really enjoying it! Feel free to come over and visit my blog at...
    http://thoughtsonbookss.blogspot.com/

    Cathy :)

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