The Healer's Apprentice

The Healer's Apprentice

4.1 1732
by Melanie Dickerson

View All Available Formats & Editions

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,

…  See more details below


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in the fictional medieval German town of Hagenheim, this historical romance covers the eight-month period before Lord Hamlin, the duke's eldest son, weds his betrothed, Lady Salomea, who's being kept in hiding from the evil Moncore, a conjurer determined to control her with demonic possession. But Hamlin's first meeting with the young beauty, Rose (supposedly the woodcutter's daughter, training with the castle healer), reveals that they are a match made in heaven; their shared moral rectitude and devotion to duty place many obstacles in their path before Rose's true identity can be revealed. Alternating between the two protagonists' viewpoints, the plot unfolds at a satisfying clip with zesty supporting characters (the healer, the duke's younger son), which add intrigue. A light-handed Christian subtext weaves seamlessly through the novel: illness, injury, and malevolence are all combated "in the name of Jesus." Dickerson combines fairy tale ambience (an unkind stepmother, a rat-filled dungeon, a caricature of a bad guy) with historical touches like herbal remedies, musical instruments, and architectural details to create a colorful and convincing atmosphere in this strong debut. Ages 15–up. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Rose, a simple woodcutter's daughter, has been named apprentice to the healer of Hagenheim Castle in lower Saxony. Rose intends to do well. If she fails, Rose will be forced marry the old man her mother has picked out for her. VERDICT This well-written, character-driven YA novel will appeal to both teens and adults who like Karen Cushman's historical fiction for its honesty and humor.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Set in 1386, this historical romance has a fairy-tale structure and a Christian emphasis. Rose serves as the apprentice to Frau Geruscha, the court healer. She is not very good at her chosen profession, yet she sees this as her only hope to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage. Enter Lord Hamlin, to whom Rose must minister after he is injured. She falls hard for him, and he for her, but neither can admit their feelings due to her social status and his betrothal to Lady Salomea. Rose soon catches the eye of the philandering Lord Rupert, Lord Hamlin's brother, and a romance ensues. But alas, Rupert breaks her heart with a proposal she is unwilling to accept, which makes her realize that she never loved him in the first place. Lurking in the shadows is the evil Moncore, who has driven Lady Salomea into hiding because he threatened her life. The identity of Lord Hamlin's betrothed is transparent from the start, so anticipation is built around how the two lovers will get to the "happily ever after." Rose is beautifully boring, and not very well developed, but is believable as the young maiden longing for a prince to rescue her. She and Hamlin rely on their faith to make their dreams come true. Fans of fairy tales will enjoy this story.—Wendy Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY
Kirkus Reviews

In this debut romance set in Hagenheim, Lower Saxony, in 1382 and loosely based on "Sleeping Beauty," a lowly woodcutter's daughter apprenticed to the town healer falls in love with a handsome nobleman who's betrothed to a mysterious woman. Although she's grateful to the healer for teaching her to read and write and freeing her from the need to marry, 17-year-old Rose quickly loses her heart when she meets Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin. Wilhelm's equally smitten, but he's promised to a woman he's never met and can't wed until he captures the evil conjurer whose threats forced her parents to hide her 17 years ago. When Wilhelm's carousing younger brother insistently woos Rose, she feels flattered but conflicted. Should she forget both brothers and remain single, or could there be a fairy-tale finale? The medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing, food, music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Read More

Product Details

Publication date:
Fairy Tale Romance Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years


Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Healer's Apprentice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1732 reviews.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
In 1386 in the town of Hagenheim, in what is now Germany, seventeen-year-old Rose is thankful to have found work as the apprentice of the town healer. If she can prove her worth, she will someday be the town healer, which means she would not be forced into an unwanted marriage with one of the horrible suitors her mother keeps forcing on her. However she often feels sick at the sight of blood and worries she will not be able to be a good healer, and thus lose her position. Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin, is the duke's son and the future ruler of their region. He has been betrothed since childhood to a mysterious young noblewoman in hiding, whom he has never met. He must find and defeat the evil conjurer Moncore, so that his future wife may come out of hiding and they can marry. When Wilhelm is injured and the healer is away, Rose, as the apprentice, must care for his injuries. The two find themselves drawn to each other from the start, but a love between them would be forbidden. Wilhelm is a nobleman and already betrothed, and he has an obligation to his betrothed, his family, and his people. Rose knows she is far below his social class and must focus on becoming a good healer so that she can avoid marriage to the most recent, horrible suitor her mother has chosen for her, a disgusting merchant, rather than spending her days longing for a love that can never be. But despite that, neither Wilhelm or Rose can stop thinking about each other. The Healer's Apprentice is a very romantic fairy tale inspired love story with a charming Medieval setting. The love between Rose and Wilhelm was very sweet, and both were strong and likeable characters. They seemed so real as they struggled with their feelings for each other which conflicted with their responsibilities and obligations to others. I highly recommend this very sweet and romantic love story to both teen and adult readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings or sweet historical romances. Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Rose has begun her training as the healer's apprentice. She hopes to learn the job well so that someday she can be the healer of Hagenheim Castle and not have to marry any aging bachelors. But the mere sight of blood makes Rose swoon. Still, she is determined to make this life work for herself. One day, when the master healer is away, Lord Hamlin, heir to Hagenheim Castle, is brought in with a grievous wound. Rose is the only one who can help. As she struggles to do a good job, she cannot help but notice how handsome and kind Lord Hamlin is. But she is a mere peasant, and Lord Hamlin is betrothed to another. Rose must fight against her attraction and focus on becoming a healer. For that is her destiny, is it not? Melanie Dickerson writes a wonderful fairy tale romance. Her characters are noble and good, yet struggle with doing the right thing and sometimes fail. She paints a realistic medieval world from the beauty of Hagenheim Castle to the laws that governed society then. I was drawn in from page one and read the whole book in one day. If you love medieval stories, fairy tales, and romance, you must read this book. I'm so excited about Melanie Dickerson's writing. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Highly recommended.
Vanessa Hernandez More than 1 year ago
i LOVED this matter wat the person below said!!! SO well written....i couldnt put it down!!! i loved the end.....many twists that u didnt see coming but some u hoped for.......i would TOTALLY recommend this BEAUTIFULLY written book to anyone......i love the medieval time setting....i love the charaters....i loved EVERYTHING!!! a must read!! plc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read and a good fairy tale type story. Although the book is somewhat predictable it is still an enjoyable read that you can walk away from smiling!
Zariana-Destiny More than 1 year ago
The Healer's Apprentice is the kind of book that makes you feel good once you finish it. I love the way Rose and Wilhelm both battle against their desires, and win. Their struggle is rewarded in the end :) The Healer's Apprentice is a sweet Christian Historical Romance that you'll want to share with friends of all ages.
Danzingfool More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book, and my fifteen-year-old daughter insisted that she read it first. She absloutely loved the story and annihilated it in under twenty-four hours. Her only complaint was that she didn't want it to end. I've only read a few chapters so far, but I'm loving it too. This is not just a book for kids. The fairy tale element is a great touch to this medieval romance. Congrats to this talented debut author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say this was an excellent book. The story plot was full of twists and turns and never let me down for a minute. I would recommend this book for young adults on up to adults. The story is for everyone.
Beautiful07 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read romance that will consume you into a more grown up version of a much-loved fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. I couldn't put it down and then passed it to my daughter, who was also enthralled. Absolutely loved it and would love to read more by Melanie Dickerson!
Emma Lovata More than 1 year ago
I've read this at least 3 times! I couldn't put it down!! So great! A must read! :)
Ruth Folmar More than 1 year ago
Great plot, good themes. Great book. I highly reccomend it.
BookCritique More than 1 year ago
Loved this book from the first page. Loved the setting and the characters. I recommend this book for everyone.
AlwaysReading20 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! the writing was superb, and the plot was very good. I was hooked after only the first chapter and couldn't stop reading
Ashlynn Schiszler More than 1 year ago
Sooooooo adorable. The cutest love story about a young girl. One of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book right when I started reading it. When I start reading I just can't put it down. You can really picture whats going on in the story. It keeps you wanting more and keeps you reading to find out what happens next. Love this book!!!
HollyTyler More than 1 year ago
I felt the author did such a good job telling this story that I didn't realize it was the retelling of a fairytale until I read the reviews after I read the book. The characters are developed nicely, making them seem like real people that once existed. To me, that's what makes historical stories interesting. I couldn't put this book down and read it in a day. Just wish her other books were e-reads, too.
StarlightReader More than 1 year ago
I love this book, starting from page one to the end. Each page is filled with excitement. It's a great version of Sleeping Beauty. It has everything, adventure, charming guy, romance, love triangle, and a happily ever after. THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK! Don't pass it up.
Jamie Santy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. It actually made me cry at some parts. When I do that, I consider a book really amazing. The bad guy was actually pretty obvious if you read the book carefully, but that doesn't take away any of my love for this book. I actually felt what the characters were feeling; my heart ached for them, I felt giddy when they were together, etc. I wish all books were like this one. I highly recommend it(:
jrd757s More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! So sweet, romantic, and fantastical! I love a good fairy tale and this is a great one! It left my heart happy!
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
Rose is a peasant girl, glad to be apprenticed to the local healer since that will keep her from being forced to marry the lecherous wool merchant who has been pursuing her. But she's not convince healing is really the way she wants to spend her life since she gets queasy around blood. Both handsome sons of the duke of Hagenheim are attracted to Rose when they return from Heidleberg University. One sees her physical beauty and his own desire for it; the other her mind and compassionate spirit. But the brother we readers are rooting for is promised to the daughter of a neighboring lord and the future of the region rests on the alliance. Dickerson brings to life a fairytale world of lords and castles, evil conjurers and a beauty of lowly status. Even the girl's name, Rose, seems to jump right out of the Brothers Grimm. The theme of duty and responsibility verses personal desire is woven throughout the story. I was reminded of Abraham maneuvering for a son in Ishmael as the lovers each struggle with wanting to manipulate the situation to gain what they want instead of trusting God to give them His best. Dickerson's spiritual values permeate this romantic retelling of the familiar tale of the Sleeping Beauty.
C-Weasley More than 1 year ago
The characters and storyline were interesting to follow with insights to all the characters. I loved this and it opened my mind to other books like it. Definatly an awesome read!!!!!
gabbybug More than 1 year ago
The characters were vivid and real. The plot was believable. Very 'sleeping beauty'-ish type story. Loved every minute of the read.
Enfant_Grandi More than 1 year ago
This bookis so real, you just want to reach out and touch the scene. You will fall in love with thecharacters and twisty plot. A definate must read!!!
Peyton Mierau More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It isn't predictable like one would think and the plot twists were extremely interesting. This is definately a book that I would read again.
prettylittleliarsDO More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. It is a retelling of the story sleeping beauty, but very different and interesting then the original story. it is written very well. I would end up staying up late reading because i could not stop reading. I use to love the story of sleeping beauty when i was around 7, but now i am 13 and i love the story all over again. I reccomend this to anybody who likes romance and fantasy.