The Healer's Apprentice

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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...

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Overview

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.

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310721437
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/27/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 143,137
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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. 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.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    a charming fairy tale romance for teens - and adults too!

    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.

    26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

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    A wonderful fairy tale romance for teens

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    OH MY FLIPPIN GOODNESS!!!!!

    i LOVED this book.......no 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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    A good fairy tale

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Love

    Love dose not being to become ture with out us frist coming to know the of God. Then weopens our hearts to the love of his perfict mate for us. Thid book shares this message beauty in all its pages!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    A beautiful blend of romance, mystery, heartbreak and first loves...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    My daughter loved this book!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Easy read

    Nice story,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Very good book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Love it!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    AWESOME!

    I've read this at least 3 times! I couldn't put it down!! So great! A must read! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    God, oh God

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. The idea was good but poorly executed, so I am happy that I only spent $2 on it. The writing was flat and there wasn't enough detail in the story for me to be pulled in. Very little background information is provided and you really never get to know anything about the town or the characters. I found myself apathetic about what happened to Rose and Lord Hamlin because I didn't know them. However, the biggest drawback in the novel is that it is heavily influenced by religion, specifically the Christian religion. I found myself wondering if this was an effort to make the novel historically accurate or if this was the author sharing her beliefs with the audience reading her book. Mostly, I found that the constant references to God were unnecessary and in some cases hindered the natural progression of the novel.

    Overall, I was less then impressed. Poor writing, undeveloped characters, lack of detail and a strong and unnecessary religious overtone.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Great Twist :)

    Great plot, good themes. Great book. I highly reccomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    An Amazing Read!

    Loved this book from the first page. Loved the setting and the characters. I recommend this book for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Great great book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Absoulutly amazing

    Sooooooo adorable. The cutest love story about a young girl. One of my favorite books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    You have got to read this one!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Wonderful story, happy ending.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    A great version of Sleeping Beauty

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    THIS.

    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(:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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